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To Quickly Shake Off a Bad Mood, Remember the 3 Ms | Nick Wignall

To Quickly Shake Off a Bad Mood, Remember the 3 Ms | Nick Wignall
Do you ever find yourself stuck in a bad mood—irritable, sad, or anxious? If so, one of the best ways to quickly shake it off is the 3 Ms strategy.


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Handling A Bad Mood

Handling A Bad Mood
  • It is normal to experience a bad mood occasionally, when feelings of anger, frustration, anxiousness, or being let down take control over our normal behaviour.
  • Emotional short cuts, hacks and quick fixes are limited and temporary in their effectiveness, and it is better to practice acceptance and self-compassion, along with a willingness to go through the feelings.
  • The 3 Ms of handling bad moods are:: Move, Make and Meet.



Ways to Cure A Bad Mood: Move

Physical activity and exercise can get rid of lethargy and irritability, and help with serious issues like chronic anxiety and depression.

What’s really great is that you don’t need an hour to improve your mood. Even a stroll in the park or a few pushups can dispel your grogginess, boosting positive feelings in your brain.


Curing A Bad Mood: Make

Creating something beautiful is a great way to boost your mood. We all are makers and creators, and making stuff is a powerful way to feel good.

Cooking food, fixing something, decluttering your desk, or painting bottles can help pep you up.


Bad Moods And Human Connections

On a basic level, human beings are born to connect. We can form complex relationships to build, coordinate, and take advantage of interpersonal connections.

Individualism and independence have led to isolation, which results in amplifying our suffering. Connecting with others in any way possible can help boost our mood.



What Emotional Fitness is

It's the idea that in order to lead healthy, happy emotional lives we need consistent habits and exercises that support our mental health and wellbeing.

The Benefits of Emotional Fitness

  • Decreased stress: you learn to manage your triggers.
  • Better communication in relationships: it helps you to tolerate and manage difficult emotions and then find more productive ways to work through difficulties.
  • Decreased anxiety: you train your mind to stop fearing its own emotional reactions.
  • You stick with your goals: you learn to deal with emotions like anxiety, shame, regret.
  • Increased self-awareness: you learn to build a better relationship with your emotions.

Get to know your emotions

  • Emotional clarity: Taking the time to deliberately reflect on our emotions, to observe and label them.
  • Emotional myth-busting: Eliminating myths and misconceptions floating around people’s minds about emotions. 
  • Emotional tolerance: Learning to resist short-term gratification and instead invest in long-term values.

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Listen To Upbeat Music

Listening to upbeat music can actually improve your mood. 

It's important not to overthink, "Am I happy yet?" while listening, and instead just allow yourself to enjoy the experie...

Get A Good Laugh

Laughter increases dopamine in our brains, which is a chemical that elevates mood. 

The next time you're in a bad mood, try pulling up some Amy Schumer or an SNL digital short on YouTube.

Walk Around The Block

Even mild exercise, about 40 percent of your max heart rate, can lift your mood.  Do activities that match your mood instead of trying to force yourself to do something you're just not feeling.

Boost Your Energy

Bad moods happen 50% of the time simply because of a lack of energy. When you have lots of energy your mind moves faster, you get more done and you feel happier.

The next time y...

How to boost your energy

  • Physical Exercise – Doing some light exercise creates a huge boost in your physical energy.
  • Think Faster – Games, brainstorming or other thinking exercises boost your mental energy.
  • Drink Some Water – Hydrating yourself can give you a boost of energy.

Get New Input

You may notice that often when you are in a bad mood you don’t do very much. Depressed people often perpetuate their mood by remaining in the same environment.

Going to see friends, watching a movie, reading a book, even doing the errands and chores that need to be done, are all methods of getting new input.