Bad days happen, but here’s to making them suck less. Enjoy.
1. Let yourself feel it
Give yourself permission to feel sad, angry, annoyed, deflated, or just not like yourself. Often we repress these feelings because they’re “bad,” so we’re ashamed or we want to be strong and not let anything affect us. Let yourself be human because you are. You don’t have to have it together 24/7. Accept how you feel and move on. It works every time.
2. Get Lost
Sometimes removing yourself from the situation or your routine is all you need to reset. So get lost and find some peace.
A good workout can do wonders. It’s scientifically proven to make you feel better, so pretty foolproof, right? There have been a lot of days where I’m feeling down and the last thing I want to do exercise, but I always feel so much better afterward.
Treat yourself to a face mask, a long soak in the bath, or anything that’s relaxing and makes you feel like a million.
On a bad day, it’s likely the last thing you want to do, but you need to. Turn on your favorite comedy, watch videos of babies laughing on YouTube, spend time with your goofball of a dog (Just me?)- whatever you need to do. Why wallow when you can laugh?
6. Call a friend
Reaching out can be difficult at times, but talking through your feelings or just chatting with a loved one can make a world of difference. (Shoutout to my dearest mother for always listening)
7. Help someone else (human or otherwise)
I think it’s safe to say we feel good when we help others, so really everyone benefits! Even a small donation to charity or act of kindness to a stranger is a great way to turn your negativity into positivity.
8. Pick up your favorite hobby
There’s no surprise here. Doing something you love is sure to brighten up your day. If you’re the crafty type, I recommend taking up an afternoon project if you have the time. Making something and enjoying the process is a very satisfying end to an otherwise unpleasant day.
9. Read someone else’s story
If you’re looking for a little tough love, pick up a memoir or turn on the news. Seeing someone else’s reality puts your own into perspective. Suddenly things might not seem so bad or perhaps you’ll find someone to relate to. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, you’ll be thinking about all there is to be grateful for.
10. Go to bed early
If you want the bad day to go away, go to bed! Getting a good night a sleep sets you up for a better tomorrow.
What do you do to overcome a bad day?