Like me, I’m sure that many of you experience days on which you do not feel your best. Sometimes, we worry about things that we cannot change, other times we are disappointed in someone or suffer from anxiety. I know that there is no general remedy for bad days and I’m definitely not a psychologist, but as I have experienced a particularly bad day myself recently, I thought I might turn this experience into something positive. So, I compiled a list of ideas that might turn a bad day into a…well…not-so-bad day!
So, let’s take a deep breath and take a look at what we can do to turn a bad day around!
1. Change your environment
I know this might sound too easy, but simply leaving the room you are in might already do the trick and break the cycle of toxic thoughts. Go outside, meet a friend, or ask somebody to come over!
2. Put things into perspective
Ask yourself: Will it matter tomorrow / in a month / in a year? If not, it’s probably not worth worrying about!
Yes, another simple one, but trust me, it helps! Try watching a couple of videos from your favourite comedian or some cute kitten (or puppy) videos. This will help to bring things back into perspective and distracts you from things you cannot change.
4. Pamper yourself
Having a bad day is often connected to having toxic thoughts. Often, these thoughts are directed towards yourself and you might start to blame yourself for something you have no power over. To stop this cycle, why not pamper yourself a little to boost your self-love? So, throw a bath bomb into your tub, put on a face mask and order your favourite food!
5. Clean your house
Nina, why should I do something I hate when I’m already feeling miserable? Because cleaning your house might not only result in you feeling more comfortable at home, but also helps you to declutter and “clean up” your mind.
6. Call a friend
When you’re on your way down the rabbit hole of self-pity and depression, calling a friend might be a good idea. Don’t call them to complain about your awful day or to hear that their life is worse than yours, call them to genuinely show interest in them. Compassion for others is one of the key strategies to redirect your attention away from yourself and the things you worry about.
Yet another suggestion that might not be the most popular thing to do on a day on which you would rather snuggle up in a blanket and stuff your face with comfort food. However, exercising has a lot of positive effects not only on your physical health, but also on your mental health. It reduces stress hormones and promotes the release of endorphins – which will boost your mood!
8. Be creative
Draw something, upcycle a shirt, try a DIY – anything that keeps your mind focussed on the process of creating something!
9. Remember that all emotions pass
One of my favourite quotes is: “Good and bad, happy and sad, all thoughts vanish into emptiness like the imprint of a bird in the sky.” (Chogyam Trungpa)
This quote speaks to me on so many different levels. It might sound depressing at first, but if you think about it, you might find comfort in it.
10. Treat yourself
You’re having a bad day, right? So hop into your pyjamas, order your favourite food (or even cook something special for yourself!) and binge-watch your favourite series! Your diet can wait until tomorrow!
I hope this list gives you some ideas on how to survive your next bad day! What are your go-to bad day remedies?