We all have bad days, bad weeks, or even bad months—times it feels like we're trapped by circumstances. It can be hard to find your way out of a bad mood.
Most advice will focus on what you should do to feel better. We know thinking positively and being compassionate with ourselves can help. But no one really talks about what you shouldn’t do.
Recently, I experienced a funk that pulled me down hard. I tried to reach for my bag of happiness tricks, things like “think good thoughts,” “do what you love,” “call a friend,” but none of it helped. So instead, I focused on what I was doing that might be making things worse and stopped doing those things. Pretty soon, my mood improved. So, if you're feeling down and those old standbys just aren't cutting it, start thinking about what you might need to stop doing.