Bad days are inevitable. We know that in order to appreciate the good times, we have to experience the difficult ones. It is simply the natural ebb and flow of life. Some days we have one small hiccup, but other days we can find ourself asking “What else could possibly go wrong?”. I have compiled my top 5 tips to make it through a rough day for you to utilize the next time you find yourself wishing the day away!
- Acknowledge How You Feel
I think being aware of how we feel is important at any moment, but especially when we are experiencing a “shadow” emotion so to speak. Taking a moment to pause and become conscious of exactly how we’re feeling is essential in order to help the cause of your bad day. I am pretty guilty of shoving my emotions under a rug in the hopes that it will just go away, but it never does. Emotions carry energy and unless recognized and released, that energy will be carried into the rest of the day. Acknowledge how you feel so that you may properly treat it.
2. Understand What You Can Control
So often it is not our experiences, but how we are reacting to our experiences that causes us distress. However, sometimes there are things entirely out of our control. That is why I believe taking a step back and recognizing what you can control is a great step toward turning a bad day around. If we don’t think we can control our reaction just yet, doing something as simple as reading, journaling, working out, or anything that makes you personally feel better is a great step. It is important for us to remember we are in control of our day and we have the power to make it what we want even if some days it’s as simple as going for a walk outside or making yourself breakfast. Know what you can control and take action toward making your day better.
3. Be Gentle with Yourself
It’s ok to not always have a good day. I think it’s essential we know that in order for us to be gentle with ourself during this time. Instead of getting more upset judging ourselves for being sad, it’s important for us to remember that it is completely acceptable to have a bad day. I think it is essential to truly listen to yourself and ask what your mind, body, and spirit need from you right now instead of pushing yourself to do things that you do not want to do. So be kind to yourself and do what feels right in this moment.
4. Take Time For Yourself
While it is completely acceptable to have a difficult day, I do not think it is beneficial to dwell in it. Taking time to lift your spirit, feed your mind, and remind your heart of it’s core values is essential on a challenging day. Exercise releases endorphins that naturally make you feel better and make any obstacle more manageable which is why I believe it to be one of the best ways to take time for yourself on a difficult day. However, if you’re like me, gathering enough energy to workout on a bad day is seemingly impossible at times. That is why I like to put my phone away, listen to a podcast, read a self-growth book, journal, or call a friend when I am having a bad day.
5. Remember It Is Only Temporary
Bad days are only temporary. So often the challenges we face, although difficult, are completely manageable with a little perspective. Sometimes we will allow ourselves to fall down the cycle of negativity for an entire day so, I think taking a step back and seeing situations for what they are can be really comforting. The good days will always outweigh the bad, but even the challenging days have so much to teach us. We can learn about ourselves and the world as a whole. I truly believe your life is happening for you and not to you. Whatever you are experiencing now is not a breakdown, but a breakthrough–the means by which you will grow and cultivate the life you were mean’t to live. Any shadow emotion you may be experiencing on any given day is only temporary. There are always more good days to come.
*However, if you’re bad days are outweighing the good and you do not feel like you are experiencing something you can manage, I highly recommend speaking to a medical professional. These tips are designed for life’s every day challenges and not for those who may be living with a mental illness.
//What makes you feel better when you are having a bad day?// Let me know in the comments below!
5 Tips To Make It Through A Bad Day