Dan Rasband

Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed

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I’m sure there’s been a time in your life where you’ve woken up feeling like crap. You feel like either just going back to sleep and shunning life, or you want to lash out at everyone around you. Sometimes you can tell it’s all because of a weird dream you had, but other times you’re just in a bad mood. So what do you do?

A lot of times in life, I think, we get in bad moods and it feels like there’s not much we can do about it. I am usually really patient with my daughters, for example, but Monday and Tuesday night I had the hardest time dealing with their crying and whining when I put them to bed. I couldn’t really figure out why I was in such a bad mood, but I was, and I wasn’t able to shake that mood for a while.

I think there are probably a couple of ways to overcome a mood swing (for people who don’t have depression or other similar difficulties). The first is probably exercise. You can’t always just go out and exercise when things aren’t going your way, though. Another that comes to mind is meditating. I don’t know if I’ve ever used meditation to change my mood, but whenever I’ve tried meditating, it does calm me down.

What other ways do you have of overcoming that inexplicable bad mood?