3 Steps to Bust Through a Bad Mood

How to bust through a Bad Mood

Through the years, I’ve learned many different ways to relieve stress, decrease anxiety, and cope with the stressors of life. You might think that I’m walking around in a little happy bubble all the time, but that’s not the case. I have challenging days just like everybody else, I get into bad moods, and sometimes I have trouble snapping out of them. The most interesting thing I’ve noticed is that the times in which I am feeling particularly stressed or anxious are usually the times when I am most resistant to doing the things that I know will make me feel better!

Things like taking an hour long yoga class or going in a quiet room to meditate are my go-to ideas for getting out of a bad mood and feeling better. But, they are not always conducive to my life. So, I’ve developed a simple 3 step process that I use to clear my energy and bounce back quickly whenever I find myself in a bad mood. The whole process does not take very long, and when I take the time to do it, I find myself feeling better immediately. I wanted to share with you, so that you can give it a try too!

3 Steps to Bust Through a Bad Mood:

1) Breathe

Many times when we find ourselves in stressful situations, our breathing gets shallow. When we are not taking big, full breaths, it sends a panic signal to our brain, that makes us feel even worse! Whenever I am feeling stressed or anxious, the first thing I do is bring my attention back to my breathing. I take deep belly breaths and imagine that my belly is a balloon that I am filling up with air. I breathe in and out slowly, counting to 5 on each inhale and exhale. Bringing the focus back to our breath is the simple first step to feeling better.

2) Feel

When we are in a bad mood, there is usually a reason behind it. It can be a simple irritation or aggravation, or result from weeks of pent up frustration. Instead of trying to forget about the things that are bothering us, it’s best to allow ourselves to feel them out. Take a few moments to try to recognize what you are feeling and try to give a word to it. It might be anger, sadness, guilt, anxiety, or something else. Notice what you are feeling and let yourself feel it. Sometimes I end up crying when I sit with my feelings, and other times I just breathe into them. The important thing is to give them permission to be there and actually FEEL them. (I have another blog post on How to Feel Your Feelings that you might find helpful if this is something that is difficult for you).

3) Move

Now that you’ve focused on your breath and given yourself space to feel whatever it is that you’re feeling, it’s time to move! Our emotions can get stuck in our body and make us feel worse if we don’t do something to get them out. Doing some sort of physical activity is a great way to move that negative energy out of your body. If you have some time at hand, this would be a great time to go for a long run or take your favorite exercise class. If time is limited, I might put on an upbeat, high energy song and have a dance party in my living room. (June and I have made dance parties a part of our regular routine for this very reason!). It’s almost impossible to stay stuck in a bad mood when you’re dancing like a maniac to Pharrell’s “Happy” or Katy Perry’s “Firework”. Other quick ways to move the energy out of your body might be to do 20 jumping jacks, jump on a mini trampoline, or even just hit a pillow. A few minutes is usually all it takes to get things moving and flowing through you.

And, there you have it; 3 simple steps to help you bust through a bad mood. Next time you are feeling a little bit off, I encourage you to take a few minutes to Breathe, Feel, and Move your way to feeling better! Please let me know how this goes for you in the comments below.

Be well,
Ambar

How Yoga Makes Me a Better Mom

How Yoga Makes Me a Better Mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga has been my saving grace as a mother. I started practicing yoga with my daughter when she was just a few months old, and it quickly became a vital part of our morning routine. Yoga was my entryway to self care as a new mom. It allowed me to move my body, decrease stress, and share something that I love with my baby. My daughter is almost 2 years old now, and my yoga practice is more important to me than ever. Here are 3 ways in which yoga has made me a better mom:

1) Self Care – My yoga practice has become a non negotiable part of my life. I try to start most of my days with a short 10-15 minute yoga practice. Taking just a few moments a day for myself makes a tremendous impact on my mood. It allows me to make myself a priority and do something special for myself everyday. As a mom of a young child, this is extremely important. I spend so much of my days caring for my little one and doing things for our family, that it is extra important to make sure that my own needs are being met first. As a result, I am better able to take care of all of the people that rely on me, especially my daughter.

2) Slows Reaction Time – Practicing yoga consistently creates an inner peace that stays with me throughout my days. Since I am feeling more calm and at ease, I am able to be more intentional with my actions, rather than being so reactive. When stressful situations arise, I am better equipped to stop and take a deep breath before I react. In situations where I may have immediately screamed or lost my temper, I am now able to slow down and take deliberate actions. This is a handy tool to have in my back pocket with an energetic little toddler who is always exploring and pushing limits. Thanks to my yoga practice, I am able to be more intentional in how I react to her, and that makes me a better mom.

3) Sets a Good Example – My daughter has grown up watching me practice yoga everyday. It is simply part of our routine and something that she is very aware of. I believe that by having this experience of yoga ingrained in her so early on, it will always be something that she can come back to as she grows up. I also believe that by watching me practice yoga and meditate, my daughter is learning the importance of self care from a young age. She is learning valuable lessons about the importance of physical fitness and the mind-body connection. By watching me take good care of myself, she is learning to take care of herself too. There is no better lesson that we can teach our children.

Do you practice yoga? In what ways has it made a difference in your life? Please share in the comments below!

I am so excited to share that I’ve created a FREE 5 day Mommy & Me Yoga Challenge! It’s the perfect starting point for any mom who is interested in learning to take better care of herself by incorporating a little bit of yoga into her daily routine and sharing this gift with her little ones. Click here to sign up for the challenge!  Enjoy, and please share with any other moms who you think might benefit from this! 🙂

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Have a beautiful week and make sure to take some time for yourself!

Be well,
Ambar