Even the hardest days contain lessons that will help us be a better person. Feeling down? Consider these things to remember when we’re having a bad day.
“Peace begins with a smile.”
I’ve had all horrible, terrible, very bad days. A bad work conflict, a disappointing decision, a potential crush who turns out to be interested in someone else, an argument with my friend, a broken resolution, getting stuck in traffic, or just waking up on the wrong side of the bed .… lousy days take many shapes and forms.
No matter how positive of a person we are, or how much we love our job, bad days happen to the best of us. When we’re having one of those days where it seems nothing goes right and life is just harder than it usually is, it can be tough to pull ourselves out of the funk that so often follows.
It’s important to know how to bounce back after a bad day at work, one crummy Monday doesn’t turn into a crummy week. So if you’re struggling to find the bright side today, try one of these ways to get yourself back up and running in no time.
- Pick up some fabulous flowers arrangement for your room, the natural beauty and scent of these blooms will miraculously ease your mind and stress very quickly.
Listen to your favorite song and sing along
- Studies have shown that listening to music you like can alter your mood and even alleviate depression. Make a “Feel Better” playlist in the iPod that includes songs that work for you. Try to choose positive, uplifting songs that you can sing along to.
Take a shower
- I’m not sure what it is about taking a shower, but I feel that it metaphorically helps “cleanse” the negativity. Taking a quick shower, especially one that alternates cold and hot water, can help increase circulation and rid negative energy.
- Start with a warm shower and then slowly turn the temperature of the water as cold as you can stand for 20 seconds. Then bring the temperature back up again. Alternate this cycle for 3−5 minutes to start until you can slowly start to tolerate longer durations.
- Snap a picture of something! I always find it calming to do macro photography with my beloved Nikon camera because there are a lot of settings to mess with and adjust, but you could also just use your phone in a pinch.
Read a good book or watch a funny Youtube video
- Read a short story book, funny or uplifting will help to ease the mind. Or share some laughter for some funny animal pets youtube videos
Pet an animal
- Petting an animal can dramatically improve your mood. It can have such positive effects that behavioral therapists use animals to help with healing—with equine therapy, for example. Even though owning a pet has been shown to improve self-esteem and well-being, you don’t have to have one to reap the benefits.
- Also, animal shelters are always looking for volunteers. Animals need us as much as we need them!
Give and get a hug
- The next time you’re feeling a little sad, reach out to your partner, a close friend, or a family member and share a quick embrace.
Practice deep breathing
- Deep breathing has a naturally therapeutic, stress-reducing quality that can help less the stress hormones that a bad day can bring about.
- Take a few moments to close your eyes. Practice inhaling deeply through your nose for a two-second count, pausing for two seconds, and then exhaling for another two seconds. This will help stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, thus quieting down your stress response.
Write about what’s bothering you and then write something you are grateful for
- Journaling is a great way to release stress and anxiety since it helps you get things off your chest in a safe way. Even if no one is going to read it, the fact that you wrote it down will make dealing with the stress a little easier.
- Write in a journal exactly what’s bothering you and how you’re feeling about it. Then write a few things that you are grateful for. This will help bring you into a positive frame of mind, which will help get you out of your slump.
Do some light bodyweight exercises
- Even though you may not feel like it, getting up and moving your body will help stimulate blood flow and the release of endorphins, the well-known “feel good” hormone.
- Even a five-minute routine that you can do right next to your desk can do the trick. Perform a simple routine of light squats, push-ups, and easy stretches. This not only gets you out of the chair, it also stimulates happy hormone production, increases blood flow, and boosts your mood.
Sign out of Facebook
- Social media has done many positive things to bring people together, but there is a dark side. Many studies have shown that checking social media can actually trigger depression because we often compare ourselves to our peers, creating feelings of inadequacy and doubt.
- Heavily limit your exposure to your Facebook or Twitter feed. At work, check them only if you have to. Keep in mind that most people are always going to put their best foot forward, so don’t compare your insides to somebody else’s outsides.
Walk barefoot in the grass
- Being stuck inside all day without direct exposure from the sun, and without connecting to the energy of nature, can actually made a bad day even worse. During your lunch break, find a grassy space where you can sit and relax for a few minutes, allowing your feet to rest in the grass. Enjoy your lunch or just sit and read a book for several minutes
No one’s life is as picturesque as it looks
- I don’t like to ever compare my life to what another person reflects online. It is okay to interact with your friends online, but don’t believe everything you see. If you feel like your life pales in comparison, realize that you are comparing yourself to a highlight reel of their lives.
we can’t worry about everything. It is human nature to obsess with all the things that could go wrong, but this will result in a self-inflicted mental nightmare. If we forget about the things we can’t control, we’ll be empowered to to concentrate on the things we can.
Think of something we are thankful for right now. It could be the cup of coffee we had this morning, the sweet look on the cute puppy we’ll be going home to tonight. It’s so easy to lose sight of these little things when we’re upset. The next time you get upset, think about something that makes you happy. Repeat this behavior until it becomes second nature. Our negative thoughts will have no power over us if we learn to stop lingering on them.
Repeat positive affirmations regularly to yourself until you start to believe them. Here are some ideas:
- I am happy and healthy.
- I am getting better every day.
- I am in control of my destiny.
- I can approach any situations.
- I am kind. I am smart. I am important . . . And I am unique in my own ways.
Vent or Rant if You Need To
- And of course, sometimes we just need to vent and rant. That’s okay too! Get it all out, but put a time limit on the complaint session. Moan and whine for 10 minutes. Then be done, move on, and do something that makes us happy. 🙂
There is a lesson in every struggle.
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
– Haruki Murakami
Bonjour Monday! Wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead! 🙂