I get it. It’s hard to stay positive when you are overwhelmed with work, family, and everything else. It’s tough not lashing out or keeping to yourself when its just one thing after another. We all get like this at times. Life is hard and sometimes it doesn’t seem to let up. The issue arises when your bad mood, no matter what causes it, is constant and affects your life in ways that aren’t healthy. If it affects your relationships, friendships, ability to make friends, etc. then it’s time to learn to stop being moody all the time. Here are 5 simple ways that will help.
“Why be moody when you can shake your booty?”
1. Focus on What You Get To Do Rather Than What You Have To Do
People tend to be cranky and moody when they spend too much time focused on things they have to do. For example they may focus on the fact they have to go to work, have to watch the grandkids, have to clean the house, have to run errands. If you tend to keep your have tos on your mind all the time, switch it up and focus on things you get to do. You get to watch your favorite show tonight. You get to relax at home this Saturday, you get to meet a good friend for coffee. Keep your mind focused on your get tos. If you do not have many get tos then it’s time to prioritize self care. If you have too many have tos then it’s time to set boundaries with others and perhaps yourself as well.
2. Stop Being Moody All The Time By Being Grateful Most Of The Time
Practicing gratitude keeps you focused on the amazing things you have going for you. Sometimes we forget what we have and instead spend too much time complaining about what we don’t have or on things not going right for us. Make gratitude a priority and part of your daily routine. It will help you stop being a moody mess. Pick yourself up a gratitude journal and journal every day or take a moment to think about the great things in your life whenever you can.
3. Spread Cheer
The last thing you may want to do if you are feeling grumpy is going out of your way for others but it is an excellent way to stop being moody. When you do something nice for someone else, it not only brightens their mood, but it brightens yours as well. An interesting study shows that people often feel more fulfilled and happy after doing something for others than when they do something for themselves. Volunteer your time to a needy cause, bring a cup of coffee to a coworker, or pay it forward at Starbucks. There are plenty of nice things you can do for others.
4. Change Things Up To Stop Being Moody
Doing the same things over and over again can cause us to get stuck in a rut which can affect our mood. Avoid this by changing things up from time to time. Stop doing the same monotonous things over and over. Take a new way to work. Go to the movies in the middle of the week. Try a new hobby. Do something out of the norm. It may feel a little uncomfortable, but uncomfortable is good. Change things up to improve your mood.
5. Seek Help
Sometimes we need a little help with our mood. Do not be afraid to seek the help of a professional. Whether that be your doctor, therapist, or life coach, do what is necessary to get the help you need. People often find that their mood, especially when major mood swings and long periods of feeling down are involved, may be caused by something deeper and more complex. There was a period in my own life where my best option to manage my mood and anxiety was a prescription. For you that may be something else. If you’ve tried to stop being moody by following the tips I’ve given you so far and they are not working, seek help.
We all get moody sometimes but if it is a constant state for you, then try these strategies. Stop being moody all the time by focusing on what you get to do, practicing gratitude, spreading cheer, and changing things up. If nothing works for you, then you may also need to seek help. Talk to a professional to help you get your mood in check.
What will you try? Let us know in the comments.