There are some days when you wake up and the chills just hit you and run through your body like an electrical shock that today will be a bad day. But you know that you have to get up because there's no way you can just lay in bed all day, wrapped in the warmth and safety of your blankets yearning for you to stay. The voice in the back of your head shouts out to you, saying that if you stayed in bed any longer, you would be running late, but in that moment, you don't care and you don't listen to that harsh voice. And from there your day starts to descend.
There's probably only one good thing about bad days and that's knowing that they usually don't last forever. And hopefully there will be only be 24 hours of this agony called a "bad day."
1. Realize that bad days are only as bad as you make them
Think about the last time you had a bad day? Remember when you thought that that day would not end? But it did, because you're in that same place again. In reality, there's no such thing as a "bad day." There's just days that aren't as great (or normal) as others. It's just in your head; bad days aren't even marked on a calendar. For example, the people who believe in Friday the 13th, are extra cautious for what? A day that's supposedly unlucky? Yet, nothing bad or spooky ever happens because it's just a regular day. So think of this "bad day" as just another regular day.
2. Write down what you're feeling and the possible causes
It helps to get the thoughts flying around your head down on paper and being able to see them. Take time to recognize what you're feeling and why it's causing you to feel down.
3. Think of how your day could of gone worse
There's an endless number of possibilities and situations that could have instantly make your day even worse. So be thankful that that the one thing or two things didn't happen.
4. Don't be too hard on yourself.
5. Write down 10 things that you're thankful for
This could be people, places, snacks, basically anything that makes you happy or something that you're thankful for. This exercise will help you turn to a positive side and note all of the good things in your life.
6. Go for a walk
Even if it's raining, you can still go for a walk to clear your head in the hallway or up a flight of stairs.
7. Clean or straighten up something
If your room is messy, it will help you and your mind if you clean it. It can be stressful living in a mess area so take some time to focus on straightening it up so you can relax and unwind in it later.
8. Do a random act of kindness
Although you're not in the best mood, it's proven that helping others will make yourself feel better than if you simply just treated yourself. Doing one small act of kindness like smiling at a stranger, leaving a few quarters in the laundry room, or throwing a genuine compliment can do wonders and a big impact.