Read this to get rid of a bad mood
I just had the shittiest week I’ve had in a long while.
I recently experienced a rare moment of failure in my business, and instead of brushing it off, I ruminated over it for a long ass time. I let it take over my weekend, and most of my week. I felt emotionally tired, physically tired, and like being a functional human was an uphill battle
I bet you know what I’m talking about.
Here’s the truth: weeks like I just had are coming for everyone. It may only last a few hours, it may last a few years - but the feelings I just got wrapped up in are 100% natural.
So what do you do when a funk like this sets in for you?
You’ve gotta be prepared.
My favorite way to help my clients prepare for the tough times, is teaching them to create a “Joy Menu”. This is a list of small, simple activities that always lift your mood. They bring you energy, make you laugh, make you smile.
What’s important about a Joy Menu?
When you’re in a shitty mood, your brain is not interested in problem solving. As a result, when you try to think about what’s going to make you feel better, your mind is going to be blank.
A Joy Menu takes the thinking out of it - instead of wondering what will help, you just have to pick something off a predetermined list of things that 100% help.
Here are things that are on my Joy Menu: taking a walk (or just going outside), taking a long bath, calling my dad, doing 5 minutes of meditation, watching an episode of The Great British Bake Off, or listening to an episode of Oprah’s podcast.
All of these things nourish me, fill me up, and make me feel good. So, when I’m in a bad mood, they’re my go-to’s.
Take some time to make your Joy Menu now - what would be on it?
If you’re not sure right now, take some time over the next week to notice what you love doing in your life. What do you look forward to doing? What can make any day feel like the perfect day? What always brings a smile to your face? Write it down.
Then, the next time you’re in a funk, go straight to your Joy Menu.
It just might get you out of that funk a little faster.