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Bust Up a Bad Mood!

Healthier ways to help teens get out of a bad mood.

If You … Hold a Grudge

For some people, a bad grade on a test or a rude comment from a classmate is enough to put a damper on the entire day. If it's difficult for you to let things go, Rose-Kayser recommends asking yourself if what's bugging you is really that big of a deal. 

"Here's where self-talk comes into play. You need to talk to yourself to get yourself out of that intensity spiral," she says. "Tell yourself: 'Here's what happened. This is why it happened. I am angry, but I am not going to let one isolated incident ruin the rest of my day.'"

If You … Shut Down When You're Angry

Do you lock yourself in your room or bury yourself under the covers when you're upset? Some people need to be by themselves to process their emotions and get out of a bad mood, Rose-Kayser tells WebMD. And it's fine to give yourself some space. But if you notice yourself building walls between you and the outside world, it's time to break them down and reconnect. Find a way to express yourself.

"Is there an activity you can do to help you express your emotions?" Rose-Kayser says. "Maybe it's talking to a friend or journaling." Not expressing your emotions is dangerous, according to Stone, because if you bottle them up for too long, they'll have nowhere to go. "They'll build up and up and up and will eventually come out in a negative way when they finally do overflow," she says.

If you feel like you want to sleep 24/7 when you're in a bad mood, keep in mind that even moderate exercise can make you feel better by raising your levels of serotonin, the "feel good" hormone. "Ask yourself, 'Do I want to sleep because my body needs rest, or do I just want to get away from everyone?'" Rose-Kayser says. If it's the latter, walk around for 30 minutes (even if it's just in your house or at the mall) to see if that improves your mood.

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Reviewed on January 11, 2012