I was in the worst mood this afternoon – I’m not sure when it started but it really started showing up after a trip to the grocery store – as I was getting the kids settled into their seats, I notice the woman parked next to me checking her doors, review mirror really closely – as if I’d hit her car (I hadn’t). For some reason this irritated me so much I considered rolling down my window to say something to her (she was the one who’d parked too close to me, not the other way around). For the record, I didn’t, but I entertained the thought. Then I was crabby the rest of the afternoon.
I decided I needed to share somethings that help me feel better that are natural, fun, and are either free or cost next to nothing.
1) Play with the kids
How can you be irritated when playing the silliest games with the kids? Jeremiah and Sarah seem to naturally have fun and when I play with them, I can’t help but feel better.
2) Water, water, water.
Sometimes I’m crabby because I’m thirsty! The desert air can dry you out quickly, so staying hydrated is super important. Even if you’re not in the desert, you need to keep drinking your water.
I find that when I can grab even a minute or two alone to pray, it helps me so much to focus on what’s really bothering me and to break the cycle of crabbiness.
This might not work for everyone, but since I love to write, and it’s so natural to me. I find that if I just let all my feelings out, even if they never go anywhere, it also helps me find the root of what’s making me upset.
Oh man, this is big for me. When I’m hungry (or my blood sugar gets low), oh boy, do I get cranky! I always try to make sure I eat something healthy – fruits, veggies, an egg or some yogurt are great for me personally. I try to avoid carbs or candy because I end up crashing from the, it seems.
6) Go For a Walk
It’s a little hot right now, but still, a little exercise is good for the body and for the mind. If I can’t get out to exercise, I’ll use the Kinect and get a little workout in jumping and playing either by myself, with my husband, or the kids.
7) Get To Work
There’s always something that needs to be done around the house, right? Dishes, laundry, dusting, sweeping, etc, etc. So why not do it? Getting to work can help distract me from my bad mood.
What do you do when you’re in a bad mood?