Bad days. We’ve all had them, haven’t we? Yet, how we deal with them can make all the difference between an incident that goes wrong and it feeling like the entire day was ruined. Well, hang on in there. It’s all about changing your mindset and keeping that “bad” incident in perspective to fix a bad day.
I’ve previously talked about how I can easily end up in disorganised chaos and things like a GYST routine help me stay on track. What though if it all doesn’t go to plan, or life just chucks you some big, not so juicy, lemons? If you’re anything like me that would just make a mountain out of a molehill and the whole “bad” day would turn into the worst week and I would just feel overwhelmed.
With that in mind, here are 10 things that have worked for me that you might want to if you’re having a bad day:
1. Step outside.
A fast fix for a bad day is simply stepping outside and removing yourself from whatever is causing tension. Get a breath of fresh air, go for a walk and take a break. The little break away gives you a chance to change perspective. It gives you chance to think, so this has gone wrong, what can I do to fix it.
Whether it’s going to the gym, for a run, or some simply yoga stretches. Exercise gets the endorphins going and makes us feel happier. Yoga is also brilliant for ridding yourself of the negativity and creating a more positive, centred mindset. I am terrible for not exercising enough, and I know this is something I need to work on.
Mindfulness is a great way to improve your physiological state. I find that my mind is all over the place when I feel anxious, so I’ve been really interested to learn about the benefits of mindfulness and breathing exercises.
A quick breathing exercise I’m loving: Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. As you inhale notice as your breath works it’s way around your body, filling you with life. Notice how as you exhale you expel the negative energy. Repeat.
4. Listen to music.
Pop on your favourite playlist or your favourite song. Even better put on your favourite dance tunes and dance away. Music has such a positive effect on our mood. I just love popping in my ear phones and dancing in the flat. My mood shifts so quickly and it’s amazing what it can do towards feeling it’s helped to fix a bad day.
5. Talk to a friend.
Talking to a friend or family can instantly change your mood. Just letting them know how your feeling can also give you a change of perspective. I have always been really bad at talking about things, but the more you bottle things up, the worse it gets.
My mum always says to me “Will (this) really matter this time next week, month, year…” Chances are it won’t, but if it is a big deal, you can start sorting it out now, rather than letting it all build up. I found myself in a position a few years ago where I didn’t tell anyone what I was going through and eventually it all became too much. Don’t suffer in silence, talking to someone will help you realise if it’s a big deal or you’re just being a drama queen.
6. Take time out for self-care.
If you’re anything like me, self-care is the first thing I forget to do when I am going through a tough time. Yet, self-care can help us feel less stressed and happier. For me this would be something like a relaxing bubble bath or go for a nice long walk. It gives me the perfect time to clear my head, that all important head space and a change to change my mindset.
7. Read a book.
Take a few minutes to mentally escape and read something that you enjoy. I find fiction is great for escapism, or non-fiction to read something positive and uplifting for a quick change of mind-set. Alternatively, if books aren’t your bag, watching a favourite film or box set does the job just as well.
8. Do something that makes you laugh.
Watch a comedy film or TV show or something that makes you laugh. I have a few favourite TV shows and films which are my ‘go-to’ when I need a giggle. I’ve recently been popping on an Inbetweeners episode whenever I feel I just need to have a laugh. The physical act of laughing almost instantly relieves that horrible stress feeling.
9. Write it out.
Got a few things on your mind? Write out your frustrations down. The act of writing our thoughts down can help us reflect on how we are feeling and what is causing us to feel that way. I find journaling is such a great way to download, as well as writing down what I am thankful for. I did start doing morning pages (basically writing down your thoughts every morning), but I stopped for some reason. This is something I’m trying to get back into, as it felt more of a prevention, rather than a cure for a bad day.
10. Change perspective.
Are your feelings part of a bigger issue? Are you actually feeling stressed and tired? Maybe by sitting down and tackling the stress, your sleep pattern or changing your routine, you can change perspective.
Let’s change that perspective and fix that bad day!
‘Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place’. – Unknown.
What do you do to fix a bad day?