How can I turn my mood around?

Are you feeling down right now? Are you so caught up in negative thoughts that you really just don’t see anything to be happy about in your life right now?

Sometimes we get so caught up in what we’re not happy about in our lives that we forget just how much we have to be grateful for. And sometimes we feel like we’re getting some sort of “payoff” for feeling awful. For example, if you’re feeling miserable, it’s easy to connect with other miserable people.

You and your miserable friends can then hang out and be miserable together – but at least you have friends, right?

So getting yourself out of his negative mindset is hard. And you’ve got to WANT to do it!

So here’s how I turn my mood around when I’m feeling down:

  1. I try to remember what it feels like to be really happy. I try to internally feel those feelings.
  2. I think about other people’s situations and how they are so much worse than mine (eg. people in third world countries, people who have lost their entire families in tragedies etc).
  3. I dig out my gratitude journal and I write down at least five things I am grateful for right now. I even have a grateful journal app on my iPhone, so I really have no excuses not to do this!
  4. I try to feel that feeling of gratitude and happiness as I write each statement. I read them back to myself to remind myself of how lucky I am.
  5. In my gratitude journal I also write what I am grateful for in the future – as if I’m already there. For example, I say how happy and grateful I am for the opportunity to help thousands of women all over the world to totally transform their lives.

You may not feel like digging out that gratitude journal right now, but force yourself. Remember how good it feels to be happy and talk yourself into wanting to feel that way again!

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