Life’s disappointments and frustrations can make us irritable, upset or angry. But if you feel low for no apparent reason, your emotions could be affected by a variety of factors you’ve never considered. Here are eight surprising things that can put you in a bad mood.
1. Junk Food
If you’re worried about your weight, eating unhealthy food when you’re in a bad mood could make you feel even worse. Penn State researchers recruited 131 women who had concerns about diet and body image, but didn’t have eating disorders.
The women were given handheld computers which prompted them to answer questions about their mood and eating behaviors several times a day. When the participants were in a bad or negative mood before eating junk food, their moods worsened significantly afterward. Unhealthy snacks had no effect when women were already in a good or positive mood.