8 Ways to Get Over a Bad Day

These easy strate­gies will pull you out of your funk.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - By Bethany Heit­man

Just Leave

Some­times, the quick­est way to turn a ter­ri­ble day around is just to get up and leave. “It can be hard to shake bad feel­ings be­cause there could be re­minders ev­ery­where of what set you off,” says Su­sanne Babbel, PH.D., a psy­chol­o­gist in San Fran­cisco. Mean­ing, if you’re feel­ing pissy due to your fren­emy’s snide com­ments, stay­ing at the party where you’ll hear more of the same isn’t go­ing to help. “In­stead, take a walk out­side or head to a cof­fee shop,” says

Fake It

Nu­mer­ous stud­ies have shown that just pre­tend­ing to be in a bet­ter mood can ac­tu­ally put you in one. “When you smile, even if it’s not gen­uine, it sends hap­pi­ness sig­nals to your brain and makes you feel bet­ter,” says Si­mon Rego, Psy.d., from the NY-

Veg Out

A re­cent study found that a bad mood can get worse if some­one’s mind is al­lowed to wan­der. But if the per­son is dis­tracted, they start to feel bet­ter. “A juicy TV show can dis­tract you,” says Dar­lene Mininni, PH.D., au­thor of The Emo­tional Toolkit. “When you be­come wrapped up in a show, your Babbel. “Tak­ing in dif­fer­ent sights can defuse your grumpy dis­po­si­tion, be­cause you’re busy pro­cess­ing your new lo­ca­tion rather than dwelling on what was wrong in the old one.” based Mon­te­fiore Med­i­cal Cen­tre. And look in the mir­ror while you do it; it’ll shoot an­other in­di­ca­tor to your brain that you’re happy.

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