Her Bad Mood - and How to Survive It
Women are famous for their mercurial moods. And you just want to get by without stepping on a land mine on her emotional map. Here's how to anticipate her shifts in mood and ride out the emotional storm.
Bad Mood #1: She's Stressed
Reasoning and reassurance won't save you here, so either do something useful or (even better) do something to help. Throw in a load of laundry, pick up dinner or do the dishes before she has to ask you. You'll score points by picking up the slack without demanding more of her time.
Bad Mood #2: She's Down
There are two types of "down" - depressed and just deflated. Which problem you have dictates your solution. If she's just feeling a little blue - maybe she's gained a little weight, lost out on a promotion, had a rough day - try to engage her in an activity or different topic of conversation. You want to stop her from dwelling on it before you get stuck in an hours-long analysis of ways her life sucks. If she's bordering on more of an emotional meltdown, you'll need to be more comforting. Offer lots of physical - but not sexual - affection.
Bad Mood #3: She's Furious
First you'll need to figure out if she's mad at you or something or someone else. Try not to ask this directly, or you risk hearing her seethe, "You know what you did." If it's you, apologize immediately and sincerely. If it's something else, be there to hear her vent and be prepared to back off and give her space if it looks like civil discourse is out of the question.
Bad Mood #4: She's Distant
Mad and sad you're used to - they often have a pretty obvious course of action. But what about when she's pulling away from you? Resist the temptation to react to her distance by trying to draw closer, peppering her with lots of "what's wrong?" questions. Give her some space and she'll open up when she's ready. Push her to talk before then, and you'll need to refer to Bad Mood #3: fury.
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