How often do you have a bad day? Do you wake up feeling as if you were smacked in the face? That you don’t want anyone to see you out in public? That you’ll say something ridiculously rude if someone doesn’t say “good morning” to you? Are you on the offense when you’re having a bad day—snapping at everyone in your path or just not talking to anyone? Or are you passive—and stay away from anyone who might try to whisper a few words to you?
The web is full of ideas as to how you can cope with a bad day.
You can’t always have a good day. But you can always face a bad day with a good attitude.
- Outdoors. If you’re having a hectic day at the office, getting five minutes of fresh air will work wonders.
- Telephone. Call family members or long-distance friends to catch up during your commute.
- Breathe. Practice deep breathing to calm yourself down.
- Movies. Go see a movie in the theater instead of curling up with Netflix. This will allow you to disconnect and immerse yourself in the story, rather than dwelling on your bad day.
- Treat. A massage, pedicure, or facial are wonderful treats.
- Read. Read some motivational quotes to lift your spirits. (I do this every day and it does work!)
- Color. Grab an adult coloring book and some colored pencils.
- Pin. Go on a Pinterest bender and let the images and dreams take you away.
- Drink. No, not alcohol! Make sure you’re drinking enough water. When our minds are elsewhere, we may forget the basics, which are key to functioning well mentally, physically, and emotionally.
- Write. Write down what you admire about yourself and hide those self-love notes around the house so you can find them the next time you’re having a bad day.
- Gratitude. Instead of focusing on things that aren’t going well right now, remind yourself of everything you’re grateful for.
- Animals. Play with some animals at a local shelter, offer to walk a friend’s dog, or just google cute puppies and kittens.
- Drive. Go for a long drive. It’s a great way to relieve both restlessness and pensive moods.
- Hug. Give and get a hug. We often overlook human touch as a form of therapy. Health providers have been using therapeutic touch as a form of energy healing in hospitals and hospices to help patients recover from surgery.
- Separate. Take two minutes to write a very brief, positive email to someone you know. One reason it works is because your mind simply can’t be in two places at once. You can’t be unhappy and stressed if you’re thinking about how grateful you are. When you go back to our bad day, your brain has one more positive piece of information about your life, and you won’t feel the same slump
- Logoff. Sign out of social media. While these apps have done many positive things to bring people together, it can also have a negative impact. Studies have shown that checking social media can actually trigger depression because we often compare ourselves to our peers. Remember that most people are always going to put their best foot forward, so don’t compare your insides to somebody else’s outsides.
What will you do the next time you have a bad day?