Lose your bad mood …
Lighten up Louise — life is too short to be cranky.
While it might be inevitable that at some point even the best of us can turn into a raving banshee given the circumstances, learning how to manage your anger and use your energy 'for good and not evil' is something you are never too old to learn.
Learning how to reverse your mood and restore a happier and more productive mindset is what sets achievers apart.
So here's a list of six simple suggestions to help you get through those moments of madness!
Write it down: If you have had a bad day — instead of taking it out on those closest to you, get out a piece of paper and write down all the things that actually went right for you. This will assist you to re-think your day and focus on the good things that happened or that you managed to achieve opposed to the negative elements.
Just breathe: Slow down your breathing. Sit in a still position and focus on your breathing. Don't allow your thoughts to drift onto anything other than your breath and taking long and slow deep breathes. Do this for at least 3 minutes and you will find you will have changed your focus and that you become calm and more able to deal with the situation at hand.
Make time for YOU: you may not be able to jump on the next jet to Fiji but you can always find a quiet place to enjoy a sunset, walk in the park or by the beach to change your focus and put you in a better frame of mind. Try this on a regular basis and it will ultimately help you to deal with life's little 'moments' a whole lot better.
Put on Barry White: Keep your favourite tunes close by for such 'steam from the ears moments of madness'. There is nothing like a great song to change your frame of mind and turn a nasty moment into a foot tapping, mind altering moment of happiness.
Get outdoors: Re-connect yourself with the world around you by doing some gardening, hugging a tree or walking through the park.
Exercise: I know I know … but it's two fold! Your focus is now on exercise itself which will ultimately negate the bad mood and by increasing your flow of oxygen to the brain and blood; you are able to think more clearly.