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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge — How I Shake off a Bad Mood.

It’s time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.

Today’s topic is: How I Shake off a Bad Mood.

Okay … maybe I’m not ALWAYS angry. But I definitely have my share of moodiness and I don’t tolerate fools well. I struggle with depression some, but I’ve found ways to deal with it pretty effectively. The first thing I do when I’m really angry/sad/frustrated/moody is go away. I stop interacting with people and go into my virtual cave. I do this for everyone’s protection, lol, so I don’t say or do something in anger/sadness/frustration that I can’t un-say. “Sorry” only takes away the intent, not the hurt, so I do my best to keep myself from hurting people unnecessarily.

The funny thing is that I’m actually a pretty positive person. I can see the hope in most days. I look for the bright side habitually. I believe in the goodness of people and the overall decency of the world. But I certainly have my mood swings.

I remember recently, I had a series of really bad things happen, and I just got to the point I was DONE. I laid down on my sofa and balled like a baby. Had a little pity party all on my own. Laid there and wished I was suicidal (please note: I am not suicidal, and I’m also not making fun of folks who are, at all, trust me on this …) because I just didn’t want to deal with life anymore. I laid there a bit, realized I wasn’t accomplishing anything feeling sorry for myself (there it is… my Type A+ personality), got up, shook it off and starting working on solutions.

So, how do I shake off a bad mood? I let myself feel everything for a bit, whatever it is (sad, angry, whatever) and then I kick myself in the butt and work on fixing whatever put me there. I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but it seems to work for me.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. It’s definitely better to go be alone than to say something you regret!

    That’s one reason why I like long walks when I’m in a bad mood. I can burn off some of my frustration in a healthy way.

  2. Retreat & recovery is almost always best, unless one is experiencing the loneliness/sadness mix, in which case it’s best to seek out friends…or something useful to do. I went through a dark period a few years ago and there were days when I made myself call friends and make plans despite the self-defeating tendency (in that case) to want to withdraw further. There’s a sad cycle in loneliess/depression wherein people withdraw for self protection, but further isolate themselves.

  3. I have gotten better at seeing the positive and being more emotionally resilient since becoming a parent and dealing with some tough things. But I agree, there are always days when it’s just bad. If I’m able to I also prefer to take myself away for a bit. Nature is good. Doing something productive that uses some energy and creates something tangible is also good. And time, of course. Thanks for sharing!

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