It’s a cold dreary day here in the Northwest. I am definitely thankful I work inside. Days like today are tough to be working all day outside; I commend those that can. Just like the grey sky; my mood has been a bit grey the past few days. Some of my mood is due to life stresses that we all experience from time to time. But some of it is that I am just cranky. Sometimes we are all that way; when we wished we had just stayed in bed and not had to do anything. But like many of you, I have a family and a job so I have to pull myself out of bed and get on with it. This week has been a challenge in wanting to do that.
In recognizing that I need to change my attitude I thought I would share with you what I have been doing this week to work on that.
Here are a few tips I try:
- I tend to chat by text with my partner. He is a great listener and just lets me be. If I am spun up over something kind of silly and inconsequential, he just reads it and says he is there for me. This kind of support is often enough to make me feel heard and calmer.
- I take a walk. Sometimes this can be hard to do during a busy day but I think it is vital especially when trying to not vent all your frustrations to your coworkers. Just take 10 min and walk around the building. Go get some water. Sometimes the quick walk just clears my head enough for me to feel I can go back to my desk more focused.
- Listen to music. Or a podcast. Or an audio book. Sometimes when I am having a not so good day, I will just put on my headset, find some music I like and allow the music to soothe me some. Or I will listen to podcasts from different blogs I follow. Having to concentrate a bit on what they are speaking about can be enough to change my thoughts. Gives me something else to focus on.
These are things I’ve been trying this week as my attitude has been a bit gloomy and grumpy like our weather. Changing your thoughts is work. Staying positive sometimes requires some extra effort. But it’s always worth it. No one really wants to be around someone who is crabbing at them, especially when our bad mood isn’t anyone else’s fault. We are responsible for our own thoughts and actions.
It is not always easy to pull yourself out of a bad mood. What do you try?