A bad day can ruin everything if you let it; your mood, your level of productivity (or lack thereof), your relationships and your health. This is why it’s so important to be prepared for when that happens. And it will inevitably happen. That’s just life. You can’t control what happens, but you can control how you react under stressful situations.
Below are some tips for tackling a bad day:
- Accept the state you’re in. It’s fine to admit that you are not okay. You don’t have to be happy all the time and you shouldn’t expect that of yourself.
- Address the issue. If you can, figure out the root cause of the problem and what you can do to rectify it. If the situation is out of your control then try to let it go. (I know, easier said than done.) Tell yourself that it’s probably for the best. On the other hand, if there are things you can do to improve your situation then perhaps start to figure out the steps you need to make in order to turn things around.
- Listen to some music. Happy or upbeat tunes, that is. Music can have a huge impact on the way we feel. So if you’re feeling blue, a happy song can snap you out of your mood. I’ve often found that when I’m having a particularly tough day, a song can do wonders for me.
- Use your emotions. If you’re feeling sad, write a poem. If you’re feeling angry, let it be the driving force that empowers your creativity. Emotions can do so much for us if we use them to our advantage. They’re wonderful tools if used wisely.
- Take a time out. It’s completely okay to step away from the situation to take in a deep breath and collect yourself. Go for a walk and calm yourself down. Do some tidying up. Mindless activities are great when you’re stressed out. You can do something relaxing. Watch a movie. Read a book. Pamper yourself. When we’re having a bad day, we can get so wrapped up by own problems that we fail to see that it’s not as bad as it seems. By taking a moment to calm yourself down, you help yourself to see past the situation.
- Practice gratitude. Instead of focusing on all the ways that today did not go well, try to be grateful for all the things that you do have in your life. If you’re struggling with this, remember that gratitude extends to the most seemingly insignificant things such as waking up to a bright morning or how much you enjoyed your morning java.
- Turn to people who inspire you. Mentors, as well as motivational books and videos, are so important, especially when you’re feeling down. I like to get advice from people I look up to. And these days you don’t need to look very far to find a wealth of advice and motivation.
- Socialise. Get together with a bunch of friends for drinks or girls night in. It’s amazing what surrounding yourself with like-minded people can do for your well being. Laughter and good conversations can help mend a broken heart so make sure to schedule some time for family and friends.
- Busy yourself. The most important thing you can do to help yourself is to create as much distraction as possible. The productive kind, that is. And the best form of distraction is work. Get working on the projects that you care about, the ones that give you purpose and drive. It’s tough to stay focused especially when we’re going through something. That’s why it’s so important to keep our goals clear in our minds. Life may let us down, but we must never do so ourselves.
The next time you’re feeling down, revisit these tips to turn your bad day around and get back to feeling like your best self again.