Bad Mood, Bad Vibes: How Your Mood Affects Your Work (And What You Can Do To Change It)
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Bad Mood, Bad Vibes: How Your Mood Affects Your Work (And What You Can Do To Change It)

AS ASPIRING CAREER WOMEN, WE MUST LEARN TO OVERCOME OUR BAD MOODS AND AVOID BAD WORKPLACE VIBES. USE THESE SEVEN STEPS IN AN EFFORT TO THRIVE IN AND OUTSIDE THE OFFICE.

Long gone are the days where we can “leave it at the door” when we walk into the office. {Click to Tweet} That’s just not realistic. If you’re still trying to compartmentalize your “work life” and “personal life”, we’ve got some work to do. 

You are a whole person, and you have the right to feel your emotions fully and completely every moment of your life. Recognizing this is the first step in becoming a stronger employee, co-worker and business owner. Your challenge now is to cultivate some serious self-awareness and create the space you need to control and balance your mood and show up for the task at hand. 

Your challenge now is to cultivate some serious self-awareness and create the space you need to control and balance your mood and show up for the task at hand. 

It’s important to remember that your mood will affect the mood of those around you, and vice versa. Your job is to clean up your side of the street, and remove yourself from the bad mood, bad vibes equation so you can really thrive in your whole life.

Here are seven ways to do it: 

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1. START THE DAY WITH AN ACT OF KINDNESS TOWARDS YOURSELF.

How often do you wake up and check your email immediately? Or jump right into taking care of the dog or kids? Start the day off with something that you do just for you to set your mood on the right track. {Click to Tweet} Sit down to a healthy breakfast, go for a walk, attend a workout class, or just savor your morning cup of coffee in bed.

2 FIND SOMEONE TO HAVE A DAILY POSITIVE REACTION WITH AT WORK.

At my last job, I found myself getting into the habit of bonding over complaining about work. This not only fueled my bad mood, but totally derailed my productivity. I decided to flip the switch by checking in daily with my co-worker to discuss our latest favorite kitchen creations. This not only strengthened our relationship as co-workers, but it brought lightness to what felt like a heavy circumstance.

 3. SQUASH THE ANTS.

No, this is not about getting an exterminator. ANTs are Automatic Negative Thoughts. Ever start thinking about all of the things that could possibly go wrong at work before you even start brushing your teeth? Take note of when these thoughts pop up and bring yourself back to the present moment by focusing on what you’re doing right that minute. Crowd out ANTs by playing your favorite music or listening to your favorite podcast as you get ready to start the day.

ANTs are Automatic Negative Thoughts...Take note of when these thoughts pop up and bring yourself back to the present moment by focusing on what you’re doing right that minute. 

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4 KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL.

This might be the 100th time you’ve read this piece of advice, but it’s only because it actually works! Keeping a daily log of the things in your life that you’re grateful for is scientifically proven to improve your physical and psychological health. This daily practice will put you in the right space by helping you focus on what is working, instead of what isn’t. 

5. TAKE FREQUENT BREATHS.

Sometimes our bad mood arises when we realize we are spending too much time doing something we don’t enjoy. {Click to Tweet} Allow yourself to take frequent breaks where you can do something that will ground you. Try a mini meditation, 10-minute walk, or phone call to a friend or family member. Most states require employees take a paid 15-minute break during their shift, so no excuses!

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6. EXERCISE DAILY.

You knew I had to throw that one in here, didn’t you? This doesn’t mean you have to schedule a two-hour gym session every day. Even just 15 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (perhaps a brisk walk that you take on one of your breaks) has been shown to have immediate positive effects on your mood. These bouts of activity can be used on an as-needed basis, but they work best if implemented daily to prevent bad moods from striking in the first place.

These bouts of activity can be used on an as-needed basis, but they work best if implemented daily to prevent bad moods from striking in the first place.

7. INDULGE IN SOME GOOD MOOD FOODS.

While high-sugar foods might lift your mood for a moment, they usually cause a nasty crash later in the day, which can only make matters worse. Fuel your mood with fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats like avocados, nut butters, and coconut to help balance blood sugar and stress hormone levels.

Related: How to Avoid Stress-Eating and Fuel Your Body Right

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Now that you have this mood-balancing toolkit at hand, we want to hear from you. 

Which one of these tips will you start implementing to help balance your mood at work and in life? Try at least one, and let us know how it worked in the comments below!