Bad days happen to all of us at some point and it can be hard to remember that it’s just a bad day, not a bad life. So today I’ve compiled a list of 6 things to do when you’re having a bad day in the hopes that if you’re reading this and you are having a bad day, you’ll be able to turn it round and feel relaxed and at ease.
So here’s 6 things to do when you’re having a bad day:
Don’t feel guilty about it:
It’s easier said than done, but try not to feel guilty about your own emotions. I personally do feel guilty about my emotions quite regularly, I feel they’re not valid enough , but it’s important to remember that your emotions are valid and you can feel whatever you need to feel.
Practise self-care, however that looks to you:
It seems self-care is an idea that’s being drilled into us, but it’s so important. Whether that takes the form of a face mask and a bubble bath or pursuing your favourite hobby. Self-care looks different to everybody, but putting yourself first is so important because you can’t expect to be at your best or feel your best if you don’t treat yourself like you’re the best.
Listen to some feel-good music:
I find if I’m having a bad day it can either go one or two ways, I can turn it around with the music I listen to, or I can make myself feel worse with the music I listen to. Make a conscious effort to turn your own mood around by listening to some feel-good music.
If you haven’t read it yet, my 8 mental health benefits of journaling blog post explains this point in so much more detail, but long story short, having a creative release can really help turn your mood around, it can make you feel heard and it can help you work through your feelings.
Something I don’t do often enough, but socialising can really help turn your mood around. It can be tempting when we’re having a bad day to just shut the world out and spend all day in bed, but spending time in the company of others is proven to boost mood levels.
You can read my post on how to practise gratitude here, but it’s a simple exercise that might only take five to ten minutes whereby you can recall what you feel grateful for in life. I also mention why it’s so beneficial for our wellbeing in this post, but in short it helps us by making us appreciate what we have and realise that we are already complete within ourselves.
So those are my six ways to turn your day around.
Until next time,