Morning and happy hump day to you.
Last night, I got home from work and was in a baaad mood. I walked into my house and everything seemed out of order. Dirty clothes everywhere, things on the floor begging to be vacuumed, mirrors that needed cleaning to even be able to see a reflection – it was just a mess. Whenever I walk into my apartment and its messy like that, I get SO cranky and have a “minor” temper tantrum. It’s best for myself and everyone else if no one is around when that happens… I need to clean everything that’s bothering me immediately or else I can’t relax or do anything else, really.
My solution last night was to run around like a crazy woman cleaning, vacuuming, and maybe a little cursing, and then I went to the gym. I had a 4 miler on my schedule, but for some reason was more interested in doing the intervals on my schedule for tonight, so I switched it up. I did 7-.25 mile intervals at 7.0 mph (8:34 pace), with 5.8 mph recovery (10:20) in between each. I was feeling GOOD during the run, and I even ran the last interval at 7.2 mph (8:19 pace), which is super fast for me. I covered 3.5 miles in 33:04, walked for 5 minutes, and then stretched.
Afterwards, I made a batch of quinoa burgers, this time with chickpeas, and they turned out awesome. If you haven’t tried this one yet, do it. So good. Then we watched Grown-Ups (which was really funny but cheesy at the end), and I went to sleep in a much better mood than I was when I first walked in the door after work.
So even though I had a chance to clean the apartment and then work out to get rid of the cranks, there’s not always time to do all that to snap yourself out of a bad mood. Here’s a few ideas to help improve your mood:
- Get enough sleep. Being tired is definitely a major source of the cranks for me, which is part of why I put go to bed earlier on my list of February Goals!
- Don’t let yourself get too hungry. Tired and hungry are the #1 and #2 reasons I get cranky. Sometimes when I am starting to get a little snippy, Wil will ask me if I’m hungry. It makes me really angry at the time and I always say NO!, but as soon as I have something to eat and my blood sugar regulates I start to feel better almost immediately. And then I normally apologize for snapping.
- Write down what is bothering you. Sometimes I’ll even write a “draft” email and just let it all out. Even though I rarely send the email, just getting everything out of my head and into a place where I can read it makes me feel better.
- Call someone to vent. A lot of times just saying out loud what is bothering me makes me feel so much better. Similar to writing it down, but if I can step outside and call someone who will pretend to care, it feels good to have let someone else know what’s on my mind.
- Go for a 10 minute walk. Fresh air and a change of scenery usually helps me snap out of it pretty quickly.
- Give yourself a reality check. Is it really THAT bad? Probably not.
- Read or watch something that makes you laugh. As soon as DontEvenReply.com pops up on my screen I cannot stay mad for more than 30 seconds (this one is awesome even if you are feeling great). The Onion or DamnYouAutoCorrect.com are two others that make me laugh every time. Just clicking over for a few minutes makes me forget what was even wrong.
What about you – do you get cranky sometimes? What do you do to snap yourself out of a bad mood?