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4 Ways to Improve Your Mood in a Pinch

By Genevieve Cunningham

Bad moods. No one enjoys suffering from a bad mood. You're irritable, short-tempered, and on edge. Of course, sometimes our bad mood is for a good reason. Something important happens, and we feel negative about it. But most of the time, our bad moods are senseless. Sure something happened, but it's just a spilled coffee or one too many setbacks in the morning. We don't want to be in a bad mood all day, right? But how do we break it? If you need some help getting out of a bad mood fast, take a look at these tips for improving your mood in a pinch. 


If you can get yourself to laugh, your bad mood will be gone before you know it. If you like jokes, listen to some stand-up on your way to work. Watch some YouTube videos of silly animals or laughing kids. Call your funny friend and shoot the breeze. Laughing and bad moods don't mix, so get in a laugh to nix the mood now.


Movement can break your mood. The body won't want to deal with the stress of exercise and the bad mood too. So what will it do? It will choose. Go for a walk, swim, run, or get in some yoga. Just move your body with intention and the bad mood may pass.


You should really learn to stop and breathe. This floods the body with oxygen and makes us physically calm down. Take some deep breaths and blow your bad mood out with the exhale. Don't hyperventilate, but do this as much as you need until your mood has changed. 


Sometimes you just have to remove yourself. Coworker have you frustrated? Get out of the office for a while. Irritated at your spouse? Take a trip to the store. A change of scenery can do wonders for your mood, so give this a try to physically separate you from your mood.

Don't let a bad mood ruin your day. Use these tips to get rid of the bad and allow some good to flood back in. With some patience and a few tricks up your sleeve, you can change your mood, improve your day, and feel better about your life in no time at all.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Castle Rock, Colo.

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