Much worse. And yet, who can resist that pint of Häagen-Dazs or puff of cigarette? A few pints of beer and all should be better, right? Wrong, I’m afraid. Yes, moderate indulgence is probably downright good for the soul - but when you’re feeling crummy it’s just not the right context. The motivations are all upside-down. Feel bad? Reaching for that distraction will likely leave you feeling worse - it’s just not the right time for it.
Feel good about feeling bad.
Be with your Self and with where you are at the moment. Yes, you read that right: Be With Your Self. Intimacy with your Self can help you figure out what it is you are supposed to learn. The goal in life is to learn to live it better - whatever that means to you. You are the hero/heroine in your own story - and every hero/heroine must encounter obstacles. These life-trials are meant to help you grow.
Comfort habits pull you down.
And here lies the rub. It's supremely difficult to toke on a cigarette without pulling yourself down, or narrowing your shoulders, or tightening the neck. You're already feeling bad - try hauling that pint of ale to your face without collapsing your chest and restricting your breathing. Comfort habits literally bring you down - be mindful of this. Don't overindulge.
Work on remaining poised.
Foul moods will wreak havoc on your posture. But don’t over compensate by bracing yourself up either. There is a ‘just right’ amount of tension/counter-tension that keeps your frame up and your breathing natural and free. You can find this Goldilocks zone by learning to direct your thinking.
[Related: Why 'Sit Up Straight' is Bad Advice]
The Alexander technique can help.
Why is this so? Because the mind and the body are not separate things, but points on the vast continuum which is You. When we undo habits as they exists on the physical plane, the mental plane follows suit. You simply think clearer - your point of view becomes less judgmental and less burdened. You are more apt to recover, and to move on.