This morning I'm in a really bad mood. I'm tired. I don't feel well. I don't want to be here. I'm mad at everyone. I want more sleep and I feel like telling everyone (including you!) who got more sleep than I did last night to go get stuffed. I need help.
I did a google search: [remedies "for a bad mood"] and here is a mish-mash compilation of the advice I found on many different web pages:
- Make a list of things you're thankful for
DID THAT ON THANKSGIVING
- Do something nice for someone
I HELD THE ELEVATOR FOR SOME GUY THIS MORNING
- Listen to your favorite song and dance to it
- Eat chocolate
CAN DO - DOING THAT
- Breathe deeply
OK - DOING THAT
- Take a nap
- Take a walk
I JUST WALKED HERE TO MY DESK
- Sing a song
- Meditate on the suffering of others
Ok, so I'm feeling sorry for myself. There are lots of other people who are much worse off than I am - people who went to bed hungry or had to sleep outside on the sidewalk in the cold or who are grieving the loss of a loved one or who have a sick child or parent or friend. There are people who didn't get a good night sleep because they feared they were in danger or because they were up all night coughing or having trouble breathing or because someone they know is in danger and they are consumed by worry.
It's so easy for me to be overcome with emotion, particularly negative emotion, when I'm tired. I forget that my situation is temporary, that I can help myself feel better if I make an effort to do so - that eventually I will sleep comfortably and wake up feeling rested and refreshed. I just need to be patient. I just need to stop wallowing in self-pity.
So, maybe for now I should make that list of things I'm thankful for again. Maybe I should force myself to smile. Maybe I should play a favorite song in my head and do a little dance in my office chair. Maybe I ought to do deep breathing and stretches here in my chair. I can't take a nap, but I could close my eyes for a few minutes. I could do a loving-kindness meditation. I could pray for strength and courage -- for peace in my heart -- that love guide my every thought, word, and deed.
(Sorry about what I said before. I don't want you to get stuffed anymore.)