Next time life leaves you in a foul, everything-sucks mood, employ these strategies to get an insta-lift.
1. Take an iPod time-out. Put in your ear buds, and lose yourself in your favorite tunes. A slower tempo will relax you, but music that's heavy and throbbing will let you work through anger or annoyance so you can get those negative emotions out of your system quickly, explains Los Angeles psychologist Yvonne Thomas, PhD. Find out which hot new tracks Cosmo's addicted to right now.
2. Slick on red lip gloss. Red lips exude confidence and sex appeal. The reaction you get from others will help replace your bad mood with sexy self-assuredness.
4. Have a quickie. Try one of these hot spots for fast love. If sex isn't possible, reveling in the memory of a sack session also will flood your system with blissful sensations, says life coach Martha Beck, PhD, author of Finding Your Own North Star.
5. Put on clothes you look hot in. Every chick has something in her closet that nets her positive feedback from friends, coworkers, and random strangers. Change into it - even if it's just a pair of sex-kittenish heels - and enjoy the ego boost.
How do you perk yourself up on crappy days? Tell us below.
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