Ways To Turn A Bad Day Into A Good Day.Thursday, April 23, 2015
We've all been there when we've had days that make us feel like the whole world is against us. We’re all human, and we all have bad days. I see a lot of posts that almost make you feel like you shouldn't ever have bad days or feel crappy, and sometimes I almost feel guilty for this. Which is silly, cause like I said we are all human, we’re allowed to not be happy all the time.
The other day, I was having a momentous bad day. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and I got the part of my day where I was like ‘aggg’ and almost had a meltdown. Recently in general, I’ve also been letting people who don't deserve my time, upset me. Stuff that when I explain to people why I’m upset, they say ‘why let them annoy you?’ But that’s easier said than done.
When I’m having one of my bad days, I do try to turn it around, cause to be honest, i don't like being in a bad mood. I don't like feeling like I need to punch the pillows on the bed, although sometimes that does help. I hope that this little list is helpful in some way and tbh it’s something that I will look back on the next time, I’m either letting people get to me, or I’m having a big old stress.
Step Away From The Situation: When I was having my bad day, it was a mixture of things but the majority of the time it’s something to do with work/internet so I tend to shut down my laptop (obviously if all my jobs are done) and walk away. I know that this isn't always possible, but when I worked in retail and I was a step away from hitting customers with hangers, I would ask someone to cover me on the till and walk away to do something like tidying/clearing/finger spacing to have a breather. When I worked in an office, if I wasn't in the middle of something, I would escape to the loo or kitchen for five minutes to have a little de stress. I’d make myself a drink, or just count to ten whilst in the loo. People may think you're going for a poo, but it’s worth it for a breather right? If you haven't been on your lunch break yet, get away from work and go for a walk, this always helped to calm me down if I was feeling stressed/irritated.
Clean: Okay so this may be a weird one but cleaning always helps me when I am having a stressy moment. I think it's cause you aren't thinking about anything in particular and if you’re feeling angry you can take it out on the dishes/surfaces (my poor plates) Also having a tidy house/room always makes me feel 100x better so this sometimes helps my mood in itself as well.
Have a Rant: Okay so this one can be a tricky one but honestly getting something off your chest will make you so much better. If there’s no one around or no one you think will understand, sometimes I grab a piece of paper and write down what is stressing/annoying/worrying me. When it’s on paper, it can bring everything into perspective and makes you think ‘okay things aren't that bad.’ Then what I do is I rip the paper up into a million little pieces and throw it in to a bin. It makes me feel like I’m almost throwing away the problem and suddenly I feel a bit better.
Crank Up The Music: Did I just say ‘crank?’ haha alright grandma. But music is such a huge help to me, I listen to music pretty much all day, and cause I am a geek, I have playlists which i turn to for different moods. Recently, my go to song for when I’m feeling annoyed/worried/stressed is Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, it helps me to well you know, shake it off. Also I have been listening to a lot of songs from my teenage years, which are mostly angry rock/indie songs which help to sing out loud too. Or I dance, I put on some Taylor and I dance round the living room. Usually Frankie looks at me like ‘wtf mum?’But it makes me feel better.
Shower/Bath: I always find that a long hot shower/bath are cures for anything. I love unwinding in either, and letting the water wash away my troubles. Sorry that sounded like a bubble bath advert. But seriously, grab a bath bomb, light a candle and have a soak, or rank up the shower, grab your foamiest shower gel and even have a sit down, cause yes sit down showers aren't just for the elderly or the hungover. Trust me.
Watch Your Favourite Film: When I had my bad day, I put on Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, which I hadn't watched in years, but omg, it was amazing. I found myself laughing and remembering how much I’d loved this film when I was an awkward teen. Watching a fave film can make you feel so much better, and who doesn't love a feel good film?
Go To Bed: Finally, sometimes the only thing you can do is call it a day and head to bed. Sometimes that mood cant be shaken but tomorrow is always a new day. Chill in bed, have a little cry and promise tomorrow will be better. You're too good to let stupid people annoy/upset you or let little things worry you.
I hope this has helped in some way, I always find that eating something naughty always helps too or even exercise (total opposites there) but going to the gym/for a walk always help clear your head and obviously release endorphins which makes you feel happier. If you are having a bad day whilst reading this, I hope things perk up soon, bad days don't last forever and remember everything will be okay in the end, if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.