We all have those days where we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, forget our best friend’s birthday, and then are thrown under the bus by a coworker. Humans are sensitive creatures, so it’s so easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out. As the day goes on, sometimes it may even feel as if the whole universe is out to get you.
I’ve been fighting off an infection for the last month, which has increased my irritability and decreased my general level of happiness. Despite feeling sick and tired, I’ve been placing extra focus on finding joy in these not-so-great days, and then putting these happiness triggers under the microscope.
These are the ten things I’m putting into practice to help maintain a good mood and a positive outlook as I navigate these trying times.
10 Ways To Turn Around Your Terrible Day
- Give yourself some credit. So, you’re a Type-A, gotta-get-everything-done personality? Let go of perfection. Or maybe your lackadaisical attitude got into trouble? Let go of guilt. Perhaps there was an innocence mistake, a misunderstanding or plain bad luck. It’s okay! You’re doing the best you can with what you have right now.
- Rest, pampering and self-love. There’s nothing a hot shower, cup of tea and nap can’t fix, right? As humans, we tend to linger on the negative. Instead, practice kindness towards yourself and give your body the chance to reset.
- Go for a walk, run the park, or punch something. Even just five minuets of exercise will get your heart rate up and the happy hormones pumping.
- Accept love, kindness and help. Our society has become self-reliant, almost to a fault. If someone offers a listening ear, help on that behind-schedule project or food delivery when you’re sick, graciously accept.
- Laughter, comedy and dad jokes. Watch puppy and prank videos on YouTube, binge your favorite TV show or call your friend with the most groan-worthy humor. The simple act of smiling is incredibly powerful for relieving stress. Laughter is even better.
- Give into puppy time. Play with your dog, cat or parakeet. Don’t have a pet? Visit family, friends or dog park strangers to cuddle with a lovable furry friend.
- Treat yourself to some chocolate. Antioxidants, a dopamine boost and the delightful taste of joy. There’s no going wrong here.
- Create a mental gratitude list. So, the day has been awful… but perhaps is hasn’t. The sun is shining, your car is running and that salad you had for lunch was superb. Remember the people, circumstances and conveniences that set your quality of life above that across much of the world.
- Indulge in a little “me time.” Read a book, achieve beast mode at the gym or turn on some reality TV. Unapologetically remove yourself from the stressful situation and return to whatever simple pleasure helps you relax and regroup.
- Do something nice for someone else. Ever heard of people buying coffee for the person behind them? These chains go on all day because sharing kindness makes people feel good. If you see someone struggling, offer them a hand. If someone has made a difference in your life, write them a thank you. Give love and it will come back to you.
What About You?
What things in your life bring about feelings of stress, overwhelm and fear? How do you react when you experience these feelings?
What are your favorite ways to boost you mood? Which of these things actually helps to shift things for you?