Sometimes, you’ll just have a bad day.
Today was a bad day. Thankfully not in the tragic event sort of way, but in the “I’m trying really hard, but small bad things keep happening and making me sad so now I’m overwhelmed and just want to curl up and sleep,” sort of way.
And you know what? It’s okay to recognize that those days suck. It’s okay to recognize when you’re feeling bad, or overwhelmed, or sad. But it’s not okay to give up. So here are some tips for surviving a bad day-and turning them good.
1) Recognize and accept the bad feelings
Feelings are natural. That’s right-even bad feelings! One of the biggest misconceptions about bad feelings is that they indisputably signal that something is wrong. But that’s not the case-it’s perfectly normal to feel sad, disappointed, angry, let down… they are as natural as happy ones-bad feelings don’t make you a bad or broken person, just a real one. So when you feel bad, take a moment to recognize that fact, accept it, and strive to work towards feeling better.Bad feelings are as natural as happy ones-they don't make you a bad or broken person, just a real one.Click To Tweet
2) Create situations/environments conducive to good feelings
While acknowledging bad feelings is healthy, allow yourself to wallow in your misery is not! Try to go out of your comfort zone and make yourself do things that usually make you happy. These don’t have to be big-scale things; ideas can be as simple as finding a sunny place to study, or taking a 20 minute nap. Are you the creative type? Go make something that makes you happy (and check out Finding Time for your Artistic Passion).
On the big-scale side, being around people you love or attending large events can lift your spirits and shift your focus into a more positive light.
Even if the thing you try fails to cheer you up, be sure to acknowledge any attempt you make. Any attempt is a success that you deserve to be proud of!
3) Complete tasks requiring little brain power
If your day has already turned sour, it probably isn’t the best time to start that huge project you’ve been procrastinating on. Instead, reorder your to-do list to include the tasks requiring the least brain power first. These could be mechanical tasks like folding laundry, or organizing your desk. The important thing is find things to do that will lead to small, easy successes. Little wins are sometimes all you need to turn your day around.Little wins are sometimes all you need to turn your day around.Click To Tweet
4) Take a total time-out from the bad day
Sometimes, even if you really want to be super productive, you need a real break first. Don’t feel bad about needing a total time-out, whether that’s another nap, a short Netflix binge session, or some time to just listen to music.
You may need a break from social interaction as well. While hanging out with friends and loved ones could help you turn your day around, it could also result in lashing out at those you care about if done at the wrong time. Take a time out, then come back and recheck your mentality.
5) Give yourself a break
No matter how badly you wish to have a good day, sometimes your mental, physical, spiritual or other state just isn’t having it. And that’s okay! Know that some bad days, no matter what you do, will stay that way. Note your successes in trying to turn this day around, then turn in.
Whether or not your bad day changed, I encourage you to physically log how you tried to turn it around. Those attempts alone are mini successes worth being proud of. And don’t forget: practice makes perfect, and trying today will help you turn around your next bad day too.
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