When You Wake Up in a Low Mood

by Rachel Miller

November 22, 2022

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When you wake up you feel low and you don’t know why, it’s easy to get discouraged and think “it’s going to be a bad day.”

Consider:

  • Just because you feel this way now doesn’t mean you’ll feel this way later. Feelings change.
    • There are a number of reasons why you feel, and sometimes it’s out of your control.
    • Perhaps you had a dream that you don’t remember, perhaps your body is run down, and you’re just tired. It doesn’t mean that it’s anything you did or are not doing.

  • Don’t try to force yourself into a joyful mood; just avoid things that you know won’t help–things you may feel like doing but you know don’t actually make you feel better, but worse:
    • Media or content that makes you feel of needing something or worry, or wanting something to feel better.
    • Any substance that makes you feel temporarily better.

  • Accept how you feel and know you will feel better. Choose things that will help:
    • Listen to and watch things that help shift your attention away from how you feel right now.
    • Use media to help focus your mind on what is hopeful and fulfilling—even if it’s someone else’s fulfillment.
    • Get outside. Walk in the woods, run. Move faster than you can think. Think of it as tactile meditation of sorts. When your body is fully engaged and requires your full attention, you don’t have time to think about your emotions. Engage your body fully in action, and your thoughts and feelings will follow suit.

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