How to Change Your Attitude
Sometimes you’re just in a bad mood. You woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Somebody did something that made you mad. You got hangry. You’re having a bad day. And when anybody tries talking to you, they get the look…
It happens. So what can you do to change your attitude, not only for the sake of those around you – but for you? Here are a few ways to turn your attitude around.
Talk to your best friend
Maybe you just need to talk to someone about your feelings. A friend or family member can help you process those feelings, put them into perspective and they can give you some good advice and support. Accept that life sucks sometimes. Reflect on what’s bothering you and get insight into the issue. You’ll feel better.
Nothing can change your negativity like combating it with positivity. Matter of fact, did you know that people who practice gratitude experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, are kinder and have stronger immune systems? See? Science. Take a few minutes to be grateful. List five things that you’re thankful for today. Be as specific as possible.
Listen to Music
Listening to music is yet another way to increase your positive emotions. Science again. Play some music with a low tempo, and you’ll decrease stress and anxiety – two things that may be causing your bad mood.
Exercise is good for so many reasons, but one of them is that it improves mood. If you need an emotional lift or need to blow off some steam from a stressful day, a bit of exercise can help. Physical activity releases endorphins which makes you happier, more relaxed and less anxious.
Take a nap
How’d you sleep? Not enough? Are you tired? That can make anybody cranky. A good night’s sleep or even a nice power nap can make a huge difference in your mood.
Get a message, a pedicure, a manicure, a facial, take a hot bath. Not only does it feel good, but they can help release tension, decrease stress and quiets the mind.
You may not be able to change your situation, but you can change your attitude. The next time you’re in a funk, consider these and change your mood for the better. It’s good for your health.
Sarah Pichardo is the Creative Director at Family Bridges. When she’s not obsessing over pixels, designs and scripts – or brainstorming plans to take over the world – she’s probably reading a book or overdoing it with the Christmas decorations.
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