Usually I’m a relatively happy person. Recently though, I had a really bad day. After the day I had, I realized there are so many things you can do to make bad days better.
Write a Grateful List
I’d been hearing forever that I should write three things I’m grateful for every day. Finally, towards the end of last year I started doing it. Some days the three things come to me easily, and other days it takes a bit more time to think. Every time I finish writing my three things though, I always feel better about my day. I’m not going to lie and say it makes a huge difference, but at least it’s something small. If this isn’t something you already do, I would definitely recommend you start. It doesn’t take that long and it really is a nice thing to have around.
With all of this being said, on days when I’m just not feeling the bad and everything seems off, I take a look at my grateful list (as I call it). I have a list from the past several months to remind me of all of the good things in my life. It’s such a refreshing feeling to know there are so many good things happening all of the other days.
A bad day is always an excuse for me to pamper myself and do something nice. If all goes well it’ll improve your mood and you’ll feel good about yourself. The goal is to relax and be able to focus on something happy and different from your normal day. There is nothing better than the feeling of relaxing and taking care of yourself when you’re having a off day. Do something that makes you feel good that you don’t normally do whether that be getting your nails done, doing a face mask, taking a bath or just drinking wine and watching a movie.
My favorite thing to do is to paint my nails while watching a movie and eating candy (or some other food that is bad for me). I like to find a movie I’ve already seen, collect all my favorite foods and take my time doing my nails.
Spend Time with Friends
Another way I like to help myself get through a bad day is to spend time with friends. I’ll call someone up and see if they want to hang out, even if it’s just for a couple of hours. Nothing distracts you faster than spending time with other people. Whenever I’m feeling upset, I always give someone a call. Even if I end up just hanging out doing nothing, at least I’m hanging out and doing something with company who cares about me. It gets my out of the house and focusing my mind on something fun. And the best part is, my friends always seem to know exactly what I need to feel better.
Let Yourself Be Upset
Whenever I’m having a bad day I immediately try to convince myself I don’t need to be upset and should just get over it. I do my best to carry on like normal and not let it affect me. At some point though, it’s okay to accept that today just isn’t the best day. Take some time to just allow yourself to be upset and don’t try to hide it (and be okay with eating cookies!). While it’s good to try to push through, there is nothing wrong with being upset and having a bad day. Not all days are going to be great and things are going to go wrong. Spending time to allowing yourself to be upset will pay off in the long run.
Normally, my bad days happen because of something happens that has a direct affect on my mood. When this is the case, I don’t immediately try to tackle the problem. I give myself time to just relax, try to forget about it, and let myself accept that something bad has happened. That way, when I am ready to get over things, I’ll feel like I had time to just digest and will be ready to tackle whatever is going wrong. The moral of the story is, there is nothing wrong with being upset.