I opened my personal Facebook account and there it was, a post that took me back to a really hard time in my life. Social media is very useful for awesome things (like starting a blog) but it can also make your stomach churn when you read certain posts, a.k.a put you in a bad mood.
I am normally very reserved about sharing my thoughts and feelings. If I do, it is because I have spent the time to think long and hard before I open my mouth (you know, what comes out of your mouth can never come back.) This Facebook post made me want to act very differently. I really wanted to type out what I was thinking in the comments, but I didn’t.
I have learned that social media is not the place to take up that type of discussion, not to mention, me saying something was not going to help me feel better. I would have regretted it later.
Now all those thoughts had built up and were in my head and I couldn’t get out of this really bad mood.
Today, I am feeling better and these are five things I did over the last few days to help me snap out of it.
There is one that I didn’t try, but that Andrew would recommend if you need something quick. I didn’t have time and I don’t think I am brave enough to do it. haha. You’ll know which one it is!
Listen to worship music
The one person that I talk about everything with is Andrew but sometimes, talking doesn’t help me.
When I listen to worship music my focus becomes God and not my circumstances.
God renews my mind when I worship him.
Hang out with some friends
Sometimes, it is hard to snap out of a bad mood when we stay in the same environment where it began.
During this time, hang out with some friends that will bring you some laughs and shift your mindset instead of venting about things that you can’t change. Sometimes venting makes it worse, especially if all of your friends simply agree with you all the time.
Having a good time with friends will help you let go of some of your thoughts that are harming you emotionally and physically.
Do something that stops you from thinking about it
Bad moods usually start in our minds. Something is bothering us and it is reflected in our behavior.
Redirect your bad mood toward something that requires your mind to execute it.
Things like working on a puzzle, reading aloud to your kids or having a dance party with your kids!
Take a cold shower
This is the one that I didn’t try. I don’t like to be cold! Andrew would tell you that cold showers will fix all your problems, or at least your mitochondria’s problems. haha!
If you are looking for a fast way to get out of a bad mood take, a cold shower. I know, it doesn’t sound fun, but it will work.
A new study shows that cold showers can actually improve your mood by stimulating
“the blue spot, which is the brain’s primary source of noradrenaline — a chemical that could help mediate depression.”
Take every thought captive
Have you had a moment when you have reacted based on your emotions or thoughts?
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
Here, Paul is talking about all thoughts that contradict and intend to stop us from truly knowing who God is, specifically false religions and humanistic philosophies.
It can also apply to our every-day thoughts and emotions.
Is your mood based on the truth of who God is and what He thinks about you?
Or, do you allow your thoughts to sometimes pull you away from God and who you are in Him?
Our bad moods can affect our decisions and relationships. When we focus on God, He will help us to reset our thoughts.
Ask Him for help.