How to survive a bad day
Sometimes, you just wake up and you have the weight of the world on your shoulders and everything bugs you. We all get these days! (I’m pretty sure Taylor Swift included, how else would she write those hits?!) I really hate these days and often there is very few things I can do to break my bad mood. Sometimes I just gotta ride the whole down day out. If you’re feeling a little down and out on yourself and you can’t remember what it feels like to be happy then keep reading and remember, you’re not alone!
ACCEPTANCE IS KEY
So you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and the sound of your chirpy mother cooing “are you having a bad day pet?” only makes it worse. I know I'm gonna have a bad day when I wake up and my first thought is gonna be something bad (often containing a few choice words) about whatever it was that woke me. I simply lie there and think to myself: okay Holly, you're allowed to have a bad day once in a while so lets just embrace it. This takes me onto my second point.
GO EASY ON YOURSELF
Just take this day to be extra gentle with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve forgotten to do something or call somebody. You’re only human and today you are a human having a bad day. Don’t stress out if your hair won’t go your way or nothing looks good. Take this day to enjoy yourself in your comfy clothes and a more chill ponytail. Just reeeelaaax.
INDULGE IN A LITTLE TREAT
Okay this one can be confusing. Indulging a little and overindulging are two different things which can affect your mood greatly! Have a little chocolate or a glass of wine(+18 only!!) if you want but don’t indulge to the point you make yourself feel ill or guilty. This makes sure that you’re not using food or alcohol as a reward system. This can lead to being overly dependant and more dangerous issues can arise.
GO BACK TO BED
If you’re not at work or school then go jump back into bed with a good film. Just tune out on the world for a little while. Enjoy a little peace and quiet with your own thoughts and your favourite show. Have a nap too, while you’re there. When you're overtired the world can seem like your worst enemy.
GET SOME FRESH AIR
Even if you don't want to go for a big long walk or partake in some other strenuous activity just go and sit on your doorstep for 5 or 10 minutes and really soak up your surroundings. Really think about the sunlight on your skin or how the cold air feels in your lungs or the way that pigeon is waddling (Chase the pigeon if it helps! Just don’t hurt it). If its late at night or raining then stay indoors and just crack a window. Allow some new air to circulate your body.
GIVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE A CALL
When I’m having rough day I give my mum a call and have a chat and a cry. Or I’ll give my dad a call and he can update me on a Space Station somewhere. Or I’ll skype my boyfriend and listen to him tell me something cool about his day. Often when you hear a loved one feeling happy, you want to feel happy! Sometimes these brief conversations are just enough to get me up and thinking a little more positively.
I hope my tips help you have a somewhat lighter Bad Day! Don't forget that you really aren't alone. I get these once in a while too. You're more than welcome to hit me up for a chat if it helps. But remember that sometimes too many Bad Days aren't a good sign. Feeling down on yourself, lack of energy and motivation or feeling helpless/hopeless are signs of depression. If you think you may be suffering from depression I strongly recommend you see your GP who can properly advise you on how to feel better. For more information on good mental health, check out reachout.ie