Last week was a rough one for me. After a wonderful little vacation the weekend before, I was just not happy to be back. I went through a day of grumbling about my job. The following day, I was annoyed that I had been too tired to work out both mornings since we had been back, so I was struggling with some body image issues. The next day, I was hit with a headache that I just couldn’t get rid of. The following day, I still had a headache, but I sat down at my desk at work and it hit me. I refused to have another crappy day. It was Friday, I still hadn’t worked out, I still had the headache and didn’t want to be at work, but I wasn’t going to let those things get me down.
I know you’ve all heard the term, “Fake it till you make it,” and you know what, that is going to be today’s motto. This will be our bad day motto. This is what you will turn to when your frown is upside down and you can’t quite seem to shake it. How exactly do you fake a good mood when you’re really truly grumpy?
Well, first off, you tell yourself, “Hey! I’m in such a good mood today! Everything is right with the world, and I’m just so happy!” I’m serious. Don’t laugh at me. I know that’s the last thing you want to do when you’re grumpy, but sometimes you just need to say some positive words to yourself to push yourself in the right direction. So that is where we will start. A bit of positive notion.
Once you have told yourself about your fabulous mood, you are going to do something that you would normally do when you’re in a good mood or something that makes you extremely happy most of the time. Whether it’s going to pick up your favorite coffee or tea or going outside to take a walk, you must surround yourself with happiness. Maybe it’s calling your mom and chatting for awhile. I know that puts me in a good mood. Maybe it taking your kids to the park just to watch them play and explore. Whatever it is, you must do it. You must put these happy things into action. Just thinking about them while still sulking is not going to get anything done.
While in my bad mood on Friday, with my headache and all, I decided I needed to go for a run because I knew what I needed to do to get my mood in an upward motion. So I laced up my running shoes as soon as I got out of work. Pumped up the good music and cranked out one of my best runs in the last 2 months since I’ve gotten back into running. For at least an hour, if not more, my mood was awesome! My headache did eventually come back, but my mood was on its way up.
Another example: When my honey got home from work, she wanted to go for a walk since it was nice out. I preferred to stay on the couch laying down doctoring my headache, but I knew that being outside would be good for me. And it was!
The point here is that sometimes, all we want to do is sulk in our bad moods and be grumpy. But life doesn’t have to be like that. You don’t have to just deal with your bad mood. You can shove yourself into a good mood by faking it until you make it. If you keep trying over and over to get in a good mood, eventually it’s just going to happen. Before you know it, you’re just going to be there. Happy and back to your cheerful self.