Let’s face it, sometimes we can be grumpy, fed up, annoyed etc for a reason or just because. For me personally, sometimes its just the latter without any reason at all. I am one of those people who find it incredibly hard to just ‘cheer up’. I can’t do it. If it’s a serious mood, the only thing that is going to shift it is sleep. And lots of it!
It got me thinking about different methods people use to diffuse such moods. Last weekend, I managed it, without the sleep part. All it took was a shuffled playlist of cheesy music straight from the glorious 90s. The dancing around and singing (made more difficult these days by a heavy bump!) was obviously the tonic my grumpy self needed and an hour or so later, I was absolutely fine again.
So I had a good think of other ways of busting grumpy moods and came up with the selection below.
Grumpy Mood Buster 1: Music
As mentioned above, sometimes all you need is a great selection of songs to stimulate all the good things which banish the grumpy bits within you. If you can sing it, shake it and dance it out of you, then so much the better.
Grumpy Mood Buster 2: Reading
A good book can be something that takes your mind off being grumpy, especially if it’s a book to really get your teeth into. Your mind will be so busy absorbing words that it cannot possibly hang on to grumpiness also.
Grumpy Mood Buster 3: Walking
Literally stomping the grumpiness out of you while at the same time getting some much needed air and brisk exercise. This is nice on a sunny day obviously, but if the mood is that bad, a stomp in the rain will be just as effective. Think of the warm bath/shower to calm down in when you return.
Grumpy Mood Buster 4: Kiss & Make up
Grumpy with your partner/wife/husband/significant other etc? The make up side of things has got to be better than stewing right? Grumpiness can snow ball into ugliness on a huge scale (I speak from experience) and I know it is best to put an end to it as soon as possible.
Grumpy Mood Buster 5: Bath
This one is pretty self explanatory. Long soak in a calm environment to unwind and just try and let your grumpiness wash away or at least, let it simmer down a notch.
Grumpy Mood Buster 6: Alone Time
This one is probably right up there in my top 3 ways of getting out of a grumpy mood. Sometimes all you need is yourself, space, time and your own thoughts. It gives you an opportunity to really think through why you are grumpy and not in a good place. What was the trigger? Why did you react in that way? If another person was involved, have you thought about it from their point of view? (Again, something I need to work on). The key here is to give yourself time. There is no way you can rush the calming down process, because that can make things flare up again. You will be ready to move on in your own time, and that is good enough.
Grumpy Mood Buster 7: Cry
Sounds simple enough, but sometimes a real good cry to get everything out is worth it. Crying is exhausting but you get a sense of release once you’re through. Eyes might ache for a while, but if it means you don’t spend all day and all weekend grumpy, then perhaps it is worth it.
Grumpy Mood Buster 8: Sleep
when moods are tough, and I mean really tough and no little thing is going to make it any better, this is when I know I have to sleep. Physically be unconscious for a minimum of six hours to stop all thoughts and actions. Your body’s own way of saying enough is enough; a complete shut down will do you the world of good. And it works; for me it’s like pushing a reset button and you’re then able to wake up and face the world again from a better point of view.
I know that there are plenty of other ways, tried and tested that people turn to in order to get out of a grumpy mood and it is good to know lots of them. What works for you one time may not the next time. Bodies and minds work in mysterious ways!
What tips, tricks and ways help to get you out of a grumpy mood?