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Make a Bad Mood Better

Smiles, Deep Breaths, and Exercise continued...

Breathe deep. No matter where you are, you can take deep breaths to deal with anger or sadness. “It’s something you can do when you’re sitting in class, it’s something you can do on the way to school, it’s something you can do at recess,” Muther says. Breathe in as you count to three, hold it for 1 second, and breathe out as you count to three, she says.

Move your body. Moving is a great way to buck up your mood. You can dance, jump rope, roller skate, jump on a trampoline, or anything you can think of to get active. When you use up some energy, your body and your brain feel calmer.

Rest and Relax

When you’re tired, it’s easier to feel sad or angry. Get plenty of sleep, at least 9 or 10 hours a night.

“Kids should go to sleep around the same time every night and get up around the same time every morning, even on weekends,” says Lynne Merk, PhD, a staff psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Also, take a few minutes for breaks when you’re awake, no matter how busy you are. “It’s important to have some time when you can sit down and relax and just hang out,” Merk says.

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Reviewed on April 12, 2016