How to Break the Cycle of a Bad Mood

Occasionally, I feel like I’m walking down the wrong path. I am off course and it feels terribly alarming. I start to stress and anxious. It’s not that there’s anything wrong in my life, but that I’m simply not doing anything that makes me happy or leads to that. If I don’t do anything about it, a vicious cycle starts where I become depressed. Instead of continuing on this path, I take action. Here are some things I do that could help you break out of the rut you’re in.

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  • Figure out what’s been eating away at you and formulate a plan of action. For example: If your job isn’t leading anywhere and you are frustrated, figure out what actions you need to take to change that situation.
  • Get out of the house or at least off the couch. A change of scenery and being active always changes my moods.
  • Turn off the TV and put down the phone. It’s so easy to let the electronics consume all of your free time and turn your brain off. Don’t get me wrong. We need that sometimes, but it becomes an issue when it happens regularly. Instead, be productive and use your time wisely.
  • Get a new hobby. Finding something to do that you’ve always been interested in and passionate about is a guaranteed way to feel alive again.
  • Create a routine that works for you. Routines give you structure and that helps give you a sense of purpose.
  • Working out consistently. It doesn’t even have to be about losing weight and getting fit. When you work out, endorphins are pumped through your body making you feel better.
  • Meditating will help clear your mind. This will lower your stress levels and provide you with better coping skills.
  • Talk to someone who will listen and provide you with feedback. Not only does this allow you to vent about what you’re going through, but this person provides a fresh perspective that could be useful.

This can all be a lot to take in at once, but you basically need to find the root issue, correct it or work towards a solution, and find positive outlets. Focusing on your mind, body, and soul will open you to endless possibilities and a fresh start.

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