7 Tips for Getting Out of a Bad Mood When You Have Depression

Whether it’s just one of those days or it’s a result of your mental health, sometimes we find ourselves in a horrible mood. For most people, a funk every now and then is normal. For those suffering from depression or other mental health disorders though, getting stuck in one of these can be really hard to get out of. Shaking a bad mood as soon as possible is one of the best ways to keep it from sticking around. Here are a few simple tips to clear your head!

 

Read Inspirational Quotes

It’s amazing how just reading something positive and uplifting can change our mood. Whether it’s a feel-good story, your favorite book, or just a list of motivational mental health quotes, positive words can really help get you out of a bad mood.

 

Drink Water

Drinking water is such a simple task, but it can really help. Cold water can jolt your mind away from worry while hot water can calm any nerves. Staying hydrated is also important for mental and physical health.

 

Clean Up

Cleaning may feel like the last thing you want to do when you’re in a bad mood, but a messy environment leads to a messy mind. Picking up the environment around you will not only distract you it will also make you feel productive.

 

Take Deep Breathes

There is a reason that this tip always gets thrown around. It’s amazing how different one can feel after taking a few deep breaths. Whether you full-on meditate, head to a yoga class, or simply take just a moment, stop and breathe!

 

Take a Shower

Poor hygiene can impact your mental health. When you’re in a funk, doing something as simple as showering may feel impossible. Force yourself to hope into the shower, brush your hair and teeth, or take a nice long relaxing bath.

 

Get Fresh Air

Fresh air can clear your head. Take a moment and go outside. Nature really helps one feel grounded and connected. Another great tip is to go barefoot on the ground. This is called “earthing” and science shows it really improves one’s mood.

 

Talk to Someone

Ever notice how just saying something aloud makes it better? Bottling up emotions isn’t good for anyone. Simply talking to friends, family, a psychiatrist, or even a pet can really help!

 

If you continue to feel depressed, it might be time to talk to a professional. Our caring and experienced team is here to help you feel better. Contact us today to book an appointment.

Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez

DABPN, DABAM, MRO