WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU ARE IN A BAD MOOD?
When I’m in a bad mood I hyper-focus on whatever put me in that mood and it gets progressively more upsetting because I can’t stop thinking about it.
The only solution is to derail my train of thought with a distraction. Psychology Today says TETRIS is good at this because our brain has limited short-term capacity. Any sufficiently complicated task will block these bad memories from being stored and perpetuating that bad mood…as long as it happens within the 6-hour block that short term memory can be mitigated.
Here are my top five distracting activities I use to put myself in a better mood:
- TETRIS, SUDOKU, or Scrabble on my phone
- 20 minutes of bike riding (any HIIT cardio works)
- Window shopping
- Circuit Party with people I love
- Go somewhere in nature and disconnect
Each of these has different benefits/drawbacks. (Eg, I can’t use #1 in a social setting because its rude). Knowing how “bad moods” work is very helpful in overcoming them.