21 Ways To Defeat A Bad Day

21 Ways To Defeat A Bad Day

Overthrow your troubles before they overthrow you.
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My eyelids flutter on my cheeks. My cement head sinks into a pillow. Hot tears somersault, forming rivers of mascara down my face. Yep. Bad day.

No matter what struggles await us on a dreadful day, nothing is harder than coming up with a way to cheer ourselves. But perhaps these can offer a beam of hope . . .

1. Actually get out of bed

Hear me out. Once you complete this step, you have surpassed half the hurdles of a terrible day. If we let our pillow swallow our head into oblivion, our unmotivated self will peak, and we will not surface again for another week.

2. Listen to a pump-up song


Music works cathartic wonders. If you can, find a solitary place to belt out the lyrics. Medical research shows singing releases endorphin's. http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-m...

3. Go for a run

4. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you

5. Write a kind note for someone

6. Eat your favorite food


7. Read something that will uplift you

Personally, I love Emily Dickinson's poems and the Psalms by King David (Psalm 42).

8. Screenshot every motivational meme out there

I have about 200 of those saved to my phone. And counting . . .

9. Binge watch a funny series

10. Call someone you trust to vent

11. Treat yo self to something you love


12. Journal

Make the paper glisten in purple ink. Write like you need the words to breathe, and you'll find you can finally inhale when the paper bleeds.

13. If the weather permits, go outside

14. Turn off your phone

Because you most likely have scrolled through this article on your phone, the advice sounds counter intuitive. But trust me. Picture-perfect photographs on Instagram do nothing for a terrible day.

15. If you have pets nearby, cuddle with them

16. Write 20 things you like about yourself

17. Clean something

18. Write a gratitude list

I know I didn't type this during Thanksgiving. However, during horrific days, I tend to concentrate on the negative.

19. Wear something fancy


Strange advice, I know. Yet, in theater, our characters came alive most whenever we put on our costume. If you want to feel confident, wear confident!

20. Play some sort of game

From "Grand Theft Auto" to "Monopoly," a game will lift your mind from the troubles it currently saturates in.

21. An artistic catharsis

Let your brush strokes stain a canvas and your crayons smudge a coloring book.

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A Love Letter To The Girl Who Cares Too Much About Everyone But Herself

You, the girl with a heart full of love and no place big enough to store it all.

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Our generation is so caught up in this notion that it's "cool" not to care about anything or anyone. I know you've tried to do just that.

I'm sure there was a brief moment where you genuinely believed you were capable of not caring, especially since you convinced everyone around you that you didn't. But that just isn't true, is it? Don't be ashamed of this, don't let anyone ridicule you for having emotions.

After everything life has put you through, you have still remained soft.

This is what makes you, you. This is what makes you beautiful. You care so deeply and love so boldly and it is incredible, never let the world take this from you.

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You are the girl who will give and give and give until you have absolutely nothing left. Some may see this as a weakness, an inconvenience, the perfect excuse to walk all over you. I know you try to make sense of it all, why someone you cared so much about would treat you the way they did.

You'll make excuses for them, rationalize it and turn it all around on yourself.

You'll tell yourself that maybe just maybe they will change even though you know deep down they won't. You gave them everything you had and it still feels as if they took it all and ran. When this happens, remind yourself that you are not a reflection of those who cannot love you. The way that people treat you does not define who you are. Tell yourself this every day, over and over until it sticks. Remind yourself that you are gold, darling, and sometimes they will prefer silver and that is OK.

I know you feel guilty when you have to say no to something, I know you feel like you are letting everyone you love down when you do. Listen to me, it is not your responsibility to tend to everyone else's feelings all the time. By all means, treat their feelings with care, but remember it is not the end of the world when you cannot help them right away.

Remember that it is OK to say no.

You don't have to take care of everyone else all the time. Sometimes it's OK to say no to lunch with your friends and just stay home in bed to watch Netflix when you need a minute for yourself. I know sometimes this is much easier said than done because you are worried about letting other people down, but please give it a try.

With all of this, please remember that you matter. Do not be afraid to take a step back and focus on yourself. You owe yourself the same kind of love and patience and kindness and everything that you have given everyone else. It is OK to think about and put yourself first. Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You are so incredibly loved even when it doesn't feel like it, please always remember that. You cannot fill others up when your own cup is empty. Take care of yourself.

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He Was Too Worried About The Future That He Forgot To Live In The Present

I just wish he could be present, even when everyone around us is in a rush.

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I know this guy. . . or maybe I don't because he's always changing. He's always on the go. He never sits down. He never takes a break. He's so focused on his future and all of the obstacles he has to overcome to get there, that I think he forgot to live in the now.

And it would be selfish of me to say, "Forget the future! Worry about today!" because in the long run, our today's are building our future too. It's all a little messy, and it's all a little complicated. . . but there has to be a balance.

I wish he would take the chance to get to know those around him. Enjoy the simple things in life every once in a while and quit holding back because he doesn't know where he's going to end up.

There's a difference between letting your future possess you and letting your future shape you. We're all on the same boat at this stage - unsure. We don't know what we want, we don't know who we'll become, we don't even know what we're really working for. Yeah, some of us have ideas and expectations about our futures but the reality of life is that we don't know what life is going to hit us with. We just have to be okay with a different tomorrow.

There's a lot I don't know about him. There's a lot I wish I knew. Thing is, I've accepted that I won't. Our time is limited here, and although he may stay here for the extra schooling he needs, he'll be even more focused then than he is now.

Throw away your responsibilities just once. It doesn't have to be every night or every week - but give it a shot. See where life takes you when you aren't worried about the future for just one second.

Life is neat and while some of us are so glued to our technology and social media, others of us are taking in the moments as they come. He may be looking down at books and writing assignments, but if he were to look up for just one second he could see how much he's missing out on.

I know he's going to get where he wants to be someday, I don't doubt that. I just wish he could let others in his life on his process of getting there. And if he were to ever stumble upon this and know this is exactly about him, I just want him to know can say hi. He can talk to me.

You meet people, you set different expectations, you have new experiences.

You focus on your studies for four years and then you continue them or you finally begin life. Don't rush, don't wear yourself out. In the end, I just wish he could be present, even when everyone around us is in a rush.

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