How to Fix a Bad Day

Not everyday is going to be sugar and strawberries. Just like you have good days, you’re going to have bad days. No matter how much you try, there is no way to completely prevent a bad day from happening. I once read a quote that said, “some days you will feel like the ocean. Some days you will feel like you’re drowning in it.” No two days will ever be the same, and, while we can’t prevent bad days, we can actively work to make them better. We only have one life and I would like to enjoy it as much as I can. I hope that at the end I look back and see I had more good moments than bad. So here are a few things I like to do during a bad day in order to make it a little better.

It’s a Mind Thing.
Our minds are a very powerful tool. What we choose to do with them is up to us. The first thing you need to do when experiencing a bad day is tell yourself that this is only temporary. It’s only a single bad day, and in a year nothing will be the same, including how you feel. Knowing that your bad day, or bad situation, is only temporary will ease the anxiety and sadness you could feel. The next thing you can do is remind yourself that you are in control. You may not be able to control the situation, but you can control your reaction. I know for me, I want my response to be positive.  

Focus on You.
Whenever I am having a bad day, I personally like to be alone. I don’t like to hang out with my friends or be in a crowded environment. Instead, I like to go home and chill out with my dogs. That is just me. I believe that there are two people out there. There is one group that, when they go out with their friends, it cheers them up and makes them feel better. And then, there is a second group that, when they have had a bad day and they go out with their friends, it stresses them out even more. I think that when you are having a bad day, you are allowed to be a little bit more selfish with your time. It’s okay if you need to cancel some plans. Take some time to focus on yourself and enjoy some moments alone. Go do something you love and that brings you happiness. It could be reading, watching movies, playing a sport, or writing. Just do something you would want to do, not something that would bring stress or anxiety like a chore.

Be Courteous of Others.
I mentioned above that there are two types of people who react to going out with friends after having a bad day. But, I believe that everyone feeds off of negative energy, and if you go hangout with your friends without the intention of changing up your attitude, you’re going to bring everyone around you down with you. There can be cases where others lift you up and you’re attitude makes a complete turnaround. But, if you feel nothing is going to change your mood, then it is best to not be around your friends. I’m not saying this to be rude, I’m saying this because I know I wouldn’t appreciate it if I went out with a friend and they had a terrible attitude. And I doubt you would appreciate it either.

When in doubt, go to sleep. Sometimes the best form of therapy is to sleep it off. I know sleep does not fix everything, but it can help. Whenever I take a nap, or I go to bed, I wake up with a new perspective and attitude towards a situation. It never fails, sleep always makes me feel better about everything. And, I don’t know a single person who doesn’t not like to sleep.