Some days are harder than others. We swing into dismal moods of gloom or anger and lash out at those around us. I am determined to spare those closest to me from the effects of my bad moods. I am determined to aim my negative energy elsewhere. And so I run.
Sometimes I just need to feel the breeze rushing around me as my feet propel me forward and my legs burn with determination. I need to leave the frustration, pain, fear, and worry behind me at the starting line. When I run I feel strong and free and more like myself, and the debilitating thoughts disintegrate.
Sometimes we feel stuck, frustrated, down, impatient, dissatisfied, and we project those feelings onto the people who deserve it the least – the ones we love. We snap and yell and say mean things, or we close ourselves off. We subject them to our hostility or somberness because they are close by and are therefore easy targets by proximity.
Life is enough of a struggle already without making it even harder on each other. We have to care for and nurture each other, and that means managing our own emotions. There are other directions in which we can aim our negative energy besides at the ones we love. There are other ways to dispel it.
And so I run…
Or write. Or talk it out. Or do yoga. Or watch something funny.
What do you do to overcome a bad mood?
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