Bad Mood Busters: TIP
With the semester getting underway, the polar vortex and all the other chaos that comes up in life, you can find yourself in a bad mood sometimes. Or all the time, depending on the type of person. So what can you do to break the spell and make your bad mood not so bad? Here’s a few tips of how to do it and why it works.
If you’re in a momentary funk, can’t stop crying, heard some bad news and can’t see to get some clarity, try using the TIP acronym. Sounds weird, but it actually works wonders.
T stands for Temperature Change. I’m not talking cool or warm, I mean icy, bone-chillingly cold or skin burning hot. Either splash ice water on your face or use a cold compress. If cold isn’t for you, try taking a hot bath or shower. Do either for about 15 minutes and be prepared to be amazed. You’ll feel a whole lot calmer. The reason it works? It effects your sense of touch and makes your mind and body focus on that, rather than everything else that’s going on around you.
I is intense exercise. Go on a 20 minute run or hit the gym, yoga or kickboxing class. It will give your mind and body something to focus on and get your out of the space your in. Really stay in the moment, the more your in the moment with your exercise the better. Plus exercise produces endorphins, those feel good chemicals in your body.
P stands for Progressive Relaxation. This one is a little trickier, but still works just as well. What you need to do it focus on one part of your body, or your entire body, and tighten your muscles, holding it for 20 seconds. After the 20 seconds, relax your body. Don’t forget your face! scrunch your nose, pierce your lips, all of it. It may not work the first time, but try for 15 minutes and see how you feel. If it does help, watch a YouTube video for it, there’s a bunch out there.
So next time your in a distressing situation and don’t know what to do, try TIP!