6 Ways to Fix Your Chronic Bad Mood

Hey There Cranky Pants!

Being in a bad mood is the worst and, if you’re in it long enough, it can have some serious repercussions. Having a chronic bad mood can affect your career, friendships, relationships, and more. It causes you to treat others poorly and make negative decisions you wouldn’t ordinarily make.

In this article, we’ll uncover the six ways you can put that chronic bad mood behind you.

1) Stop Ruminating

Rumination can be the source of many chronic bad moods. We tend to ruminate on issues when we’re sad or angry, causing us to get stuck in the moment. Unfortunately, ruminating also helps keep you down; the more you ruminate on the issue the longer you’ll stay in your bad mood.

To get out of this depressive cycle fueled by rumination, you can do the following:

1) Remind yourself that ruminating on the issue more won’t provide you with any clearer psychological insight.

2) Take small, achievable actions toward problem-solving and make a diligent effort of it.

3) Consider your negative perceptions of events and the expectations you have of others. Everyone has a different perspective on a situation that is tainted by their biases and moods. We also tend to have expectations of others that are impossible for them to meet.

4) Cut out and let go of unhealthy or unreachable goals. Don’t just harp on the failure.

2) Focus

Whenever you’re depressed, you have a tendency to overemphasize the negative aspects of yourself, your life, and your judgment. You think you’re always destined for failure or you’re a screw-up.

You have to remind yourself that you’re a resilient and capable person. Let go of past failures and disappointments, and focus on the task at hand.

3) Keep Your Eye on the Present

When you stay stuck in the past, you’re only making your chronic bad mood worse. Focusing too much on the past or the future can be detrimental to your mental health and even cause you to miss out on important things happening in the present while focusing too much on the future can cause anxiety.

You have to commit to living in the present and letting what happened in the past go. At the same time, you can’t focus solely on the future. You have to have a firm grip on the present, living every moment.

4) Establish Structure in Your Life

Inconsistent routines lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. It can make you feel as though you have lost control over your life’s direction. Adding a plan and some level of structure to your life can help you get that feeling of control back and lessen your anxiety and depression.

A good way to improve this is to write down what you plan to do, what you actually did, and situations and thoughts that made your mood worse each day. This will help you introduce structure into your life. It’ll also help you pinpoint and remove problem areas in your life and causes for your chronic bad mood.

5) Realize You May Be the Problem

It’s often true that if everyone around you or with whom you come in contact seems like a total jerk, chances are pretty good that you’re the jerk. This is important to keep in the forefront of your mind because, as an adult, you have to be responsible for your own actions.

Part of fixing your chronic bad mood is realizing when you’re responsible for what’s causing it. Try to identify your biases and reanalyze the situations that make up your days. Keep in mind that chances are if everyone you come into contact with seems like a jerk, you’re likely the jerk.

6) Find, Grow, and Nurture Your Support Network

Humans are social creatures that need the contact and support of others; without it, we can grow depressed and even physically sick. A good support network is essential in getting through the tough times of your life.

Find a network of people you can trust with your most personal thoughts and secrets and can trust to give you sound advice. These people will provide you with the support you need to get yourself out of your chronic bad mood and get you on a true path to healing.

You want to make sure that each and every person in your support network is completely open and honest with you, even when it may anger or hurt you. Your support network is responsible for saying those harsh truths when necessary.