A bad mood is like the gateway drug to depression, and “depression cannot take root in a grateful heart” Andy Andrews.
I have suffered from recurring bad moods (maybe even this morning). Some of the items below will work by themselves, but if it’s been a bad year, I suggest making all 5 regular habits.
- Make a list: To reference Andy Andrews again, do the following: 1 Get a pen and paper (you have to write on paper, a computer does not provide the same effect). 2 Sit down and write 100 things you are thankful for. 3 Do not get up or do anything else until you are done. I guarantee you will feel better when you finish. My list begins like this:
- I am breathing.
- I am not hungry because I had food in the pantry.
- My wife loves me.
- Read Psalms: When I was wanting to change how I felt about some people and a negative situation, my pastor recommended spending more time reading the psalms. I was amazed how often the writer seemed to be listening to my own heart. Those particular scriptures helped me achieve a paradigm shift on terrible events. Here are a few go-to verses to get you started.
- Psalm 9:9
- Psalm 23
- Psalm 118:6
- Listen to Happy Music: On more than one occasion I have caught myself listening to depressing music while depressed. It didn’t help. The occasional sad song does help me get past emotional constipation, but putting it on repeat drags me down. Here is a sampling of my go-to list:
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
- What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
- Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti
- Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
- Nessun Dorma – Not picky on who, usually Pavarotti
- Eat A Healthy Meal: Nutrition is vital to mental, spiritual, and physical health. If you are not eating right, you will not feel right. Also, I try to follow the Chinese Medicine philosophy on meals. Eat what is in season if you can. Salads in the winter are contrary to nature and what our bodies expect. My go-to meals per season:
- Winter: Soups
- Spring: Spring Produce such as avacodos, mangos, and asparagus
- Summer: Salads
- Fall: Fall produce offers some variety we were missing earlier in the year such as sweet potatoes, pomegranates, and cauliflower mashed potato substitute YUM!
- Exercise: More studies are showing links between a sedentary lifestyle and disease and illness. This includes mental and emotional problems. To quote a hilarious motivation for exercising from Reese Witherspoon’s character in Legally Blonde “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
While I am not recommending self-medicating for serious depression, the above habits are proven methods for resolving bad moods.
Question: How do you resolve your bad mood?