1. Listen to music that inspires you.
I have had Sigur Ros on loop all day long. A little Rachmaninoff or Chopin doesn't hurt either.
2. Spend some of your rainy day money.
There's nothing that gets me out of a bad mood than purchasing something. Anything, really. Whether it be a yummy treat, some new beauty products, or a cute new pair of shoes, my day is instantly better. Treat yourself!
3. Find a creative outlet.
As women, or men, it's important to express our delicate feelings (for some, more than others...). I find that having a creative outlet is a great way to release some unwanted blues.
Today, I'm choosing to blog. I also am very fond of playing the piano, doodling, or even throwing together a mess book. I have many of these from my high school years: a binder full of magazine clippings, pretty pieces of ribbon or buttons, and glitter. These are fun to look back on years later to see what made you tick. (Most of my high school books are full of tattooed men on motorcycles and vintage black and white photos.)
4. Snuggle up with your favorite blankets and watch a good movie.
Have a movie you've been dying to see? I still haven't seen Les Mes, so if it weren't 3 hours, that would be on my agenda for tonight. Instead, I'll probably cuddle up wit Trev and watch a few episodes of Supernatural on Netflix. It's good to escape from the realities of life for a little while.
5. Just have a good cry.
Some days this works for me, and other days, it's just not something I need. Don't be afraid to let it all out if steps 1, 2, and 3 aren't working for you. Sometimes all you can do is run yourself a bubble bath and blubber for a few minutes.
And don't worry, your husband, friends, or significant others will be concerned at first, but after you explain your rough day, they'll be happy to let you cry it out. My fiancee is already familiar with me having a good cry every once in awhile, and knows I'll be fine after a few minutes and will return a new person.
What do you do to put an end to a lousy mood?