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Being in a bad mood is well bad. It’s not only bad for everyone around you; it’s bad for you too. There are a lot of reasons for being in a bad mood from major setbacks like losing your job to annoyances like the guy who cut you off while you were driving to work.
Fortunately, there are a few changes you can make in your day-to-day life which will help to keep you in a good mood according to an article, Nine Sneaky Reasons You’re In A Bad Mood (And What To Do About It), by Amanda L. Chan which appeared on the Huffington Post.
Chan says there are several common factors that can foster a bad mood which can be easily remedied by making a few simple changes.
1. You’re Dehydrated.
A small study in the Journal of Nutrition found that being just a little bit dehydrated can lead to feeling tired, being unfocused and an overall bad mood. Chan says the fix for this is to drink the amount of liquid recommended by the Institute of Medicine, which is 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women. This can include tea, coffee and juices as well as water.
2. You’re Working Too Much.
During a study from Kansas State University researchers found that people who work more than 50 hours a week had reduced physical and mental well-being. Chan writes that there are little steps you can take to get out of “survival mode” at work and become more grounded. She cites Arianna Huffington’s recommendations of trying to get more sleep, making time for mediation and keeping in mind what is truly important in life.
3. You’re spending too much time on Facebook.
Australian researchers found that the longer people stay social media, the worse their mood gets. One of the reasons for this is that using Facebook can ultimately feel like a waste of time. Chan suggests the fix for this is to simply put down the smart-phone and spend some time with real live people.
4. You’re tired.
While it’s no surprise that being tired makes people cranky, getting too little sleep for just a week can “increase feelings of mental exhaustion, anger and sadness” according to the Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine. Chan says the fix can be as simples getting the seven to nine hours sleep a night that’s recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.
Faking it till you make it can work as well. According to the article sitting up straight can give you more energy and help your mood, so can reading something funny or just cracking a smile.
To read the complete article visit Huffington Post.