Everyone has days where we don’t feel good, when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, when things are just not as we expect. Feeling irritable, frustrated, thwarted or unhappy is normal.

If our bad moods persist, they can become a problem. These feelings are a sign that we need to make some changes if we want to feel better. However, most of the time, our ‘bad mood’ will shift, particularly if we are able to acknowledge it to ourselves.
If we don’t acknowledge our bad mood, it is likely we will ‘act it out’ on others. For example, we may blame everyone else for our problems so we don’t have to feel bad about our self, feel offended by someone in order to justify our irritability or bad behaviour, vent our frustrations to friends or on social media, numb our self with food, Internet, TV or alcohol or distracting our self with work or activity.

Refusing to admit what’s really making us feel angry, sad, or fearful only makes our bad mood linger. Acknowledging it is the beginning of understanding our self. When we understand what’s behind our bad mood, we are more likely to be able to shift it and to feel better. Taking responsibility for our feelings, including our bad moods, is an essential tool for good mental health.

Posted by Sue Crock This FIFO Life August 2015