LISTEN TO MUSIC.
Don’t be afraid to turn up the tunes when you’re down. Allow yourself to enjoy the experience without thinking ‘am I in a good mood now?’
HAVE A LAUGH.
Laughter increases dopamine in our brains, dopamine is a chemical that elevates mood, resulting in a more positive or relaxed feeling. Turn on YouTube, watch a sketch from your favourite comedian, a few of your favourite clips from Friends, or some crazy cat videos. Whatever makes you giggle!
GO FOR A WALK.
Those that get plenty of light exposure during the day have fewer sleep problems and are less likely to feel low. Pick up the pace and power walk because increasing your heart rate can lift your mood too.
GIVE SOMEONE A HUG.
Stimulating pressure receptors in your skin can help to reduce stress hormones. Embrace someone close to you or if there’s no-one around, try rubbing your own forehead, hands and neck, as self-massage has been shown to reduce heart rate and cortisol levels.
Reflect on three things that are going well in your life, replay them in your mine and write them down. Mentally revisiting such moments will help bring back the good mood and feelings they initially created.
RANT TO A FRIEND.
In many situations it’s better for you to discharge negative emotions than to keep them bottled up inside. Whilst you may not want to focus on the negatives, there’s definitely a time and a place to let it all out when you need to!
Why am I in a bad mood?
Although it may feel like it does, a bad mood doesn’t ‘just happen’. Feeling or irritability or annoyance are usually a result of something going on in your body. Here are 5 reasons why you might be a little cranky:
You’re burning the candle at both ends
Sleep is vitally important for our overall health and wellbeing, and whilst some champion their ability to thrive on little sleep, a consistent lack of, may lead to anxiety and even depression. Aim for seven to nine hours sleep per night, keep your room at a cooler temperature, turn off the lights and reduce external noise to help improve sleep quality. Some people find that CBD oil can be a great support for stress-free sleep too.
It can sometimes be easy to forget to eat when times are busy but our brains need food. Skipping meals can cause your blood glucose levels to drop, stimulating your brain to produce stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. When these hormones enter your bloodstream, you may experience nervousness, agitation, poor concentration and low energy. Make sure to eat regular, balanced meals throughout the day, opt for unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats. Good food = good mood!
You’re relying on caffeine
There’s nothing wrong with a cup of coffee to start your day but it’s possible to over-rely on caffeine. Even in small doses, caffeine may induce anxiety, which can have a negative impact on your mood. On the flipside, rapidly reducing your caffeine intake can also make you cranky. You don’t have to give it up altogether but reducing your intake over time and limiting it to just the morning may help.
It’s ‘that time of the month’
It’s common for women to experience shifts in mood. Whether you’re menstruating or menopausal, a shift in hormone levels is believed to be responsible for these rollercoasters of emotions. Menstruating women often experience a sudden decrease in the hormone progesterone a few days before periods start, which can trigger anxiety, agitation and bad moods. Similarly, menopausal women have lower amounts of both oestrogen and progesterone. Exercise, sleep and meditation can all help or you can talk to your doctor about hormone therapy.
You have a mood disorder
If you can’t pinpoint the reason for your bad mood or find a way to remedy it, it’s possible you have a chemical imbalance in your brain. Low levels of serotonin and dopamine can have a negative impact on your mood. Don’t put off visiting your doctor; they might recommend medication such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs or therapy.
Does CBD improve mood?
It’s no secret that improving your state of mind can be challenging. Although not an approved medication for mood, there’s growing evidence that suggests CBD oil can provide another option for people working to manage mood issues.
Experts believe that CBD’s potential benefits for mood are related to its positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain. Low serotonin levels are associated with depression. CBD doesn’t necessarily boost serotonin levels, but it may affect how your brain’s chemical receptors respond to the serotonin that’s already in your system. This is an area that’s being actively researched with new studies published each year on CBDs potential benefits. You can read more here.
Most antidepressant medications take weeks to start working, however a 2019 animal study found that ‘CBD has a fast and sustained antidepressant-like effect’.