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How To Switch From a Bad to Good Mood At Work

by Anneke Steenkamp on January 29, 2014

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The ideal office space is one where every employee is always cheery and ready to lend a helping, but unfortunately we are all human and an off day every now and then is as likely as the sun rising. Don’t allow your bad mood to damage your entire work day. Acknowledge the fact that you are feeling less than pleasant and follow these steps to switch from a bad to good mood at work:

Don’t Let It Linger

There is nothing worse than trying to bottle in your fury by handing out fake smiles and laughter. The best way to deal with your attitude is to acknowledge it. Inform those around you that you aren’t having the best of days. Depending on your personality you might want to open up about what is bothering you if it isn’t work related.

Don’t fall in the trap of gossiping about office politics and the fact that you don’t like your projects or tasks. If your bad mood derived from an issue with someone at work, talk to that person in private instead of spreading the word.

If you are in a bad mood because of something that happened in your personal life, address the issue momentarily and then try to get on with your work.

Step Outside

Sitting in your office cubicle for hours on end could really add to your bad mood. If you feel a spell of anger rising, take a step outside. Focus on your breathing to help calm your body. Have a look around you and try to find the humor in the small things. A bit of sunlight might bring that spark back into your life. Stepping outside of your situation will give you a different perspective on your problem and might even help demolish the bad mood completely.

Do Unto Others

Being in a bad mood can consume your every move. Don’t let the bad vibes dictate your habits and the way you interact with those around you. In the office space people prefer those friendly, consistent colleagues and certainly not those that might lash out at any moment. The best way to get your mind off your negative feelings is by directing your positive attention to others.

Do unto others as you would want to be done to you. Ask if you could help someone out or compliment a colleague, you’d be surprised at how quickly doing good deeds can help change your mood.

Find a Solution

Be proactive by creating a list of possible solutions when you are feeling less than cheery. Ask yourself what should change in order for you to feel happy and joyful. Maybe you could schedule a coffee date with a best friend or hit the gym after work; everyone has something to help take the edge off.

Finding a solution to your problem can be the cure for your bad mood and allow you to feel in control of your situation, and life.

Watch Something Funny

Do you remember as a child how your parents would try to make you laugh when you were angry and it would take everything in your power not to start chuckling? Try this tactic on yourself by watching something that is sure to cheer you up. There is a reason why cat videos are so popular on YouTube.

Music might be the soother of your soul, create a playlist that will cheer you up and help let go of all the bad energy.

Try Starting Over

We sometimes allow our bad moods to take over the entire day at the office. Instead of sitting it out and hoping for better days, make an active choice of starting over. Pretend as if you’ve had a good night’s rest and re-enter your office with a different attitude.

Experiencing more than a few bad days a month could indicate that you need to make some changes. Relieve your stress at work by engaging in an active lifestyle and making sure that you have healthy eating habits. Bingeing on sweets and fizzy drinks might cause you to feel irritable and on edge.

Switching from a bad to good mood at work is most definitely not the easiest thing to do, but once you’ve mastered the process nothing will be able to get you under.