I once had a salesperson who I would ask “how’s your day going” and he’d enthusiastically reply by saying “I never had a bad day, Bing”!
Well, I think he’s had bad days, but boy did I enjoy that kind of positive response. The truth of the matter is that we all have bad days. Sometimes, we have terrible days. Regardless of what is making your day a bad one, I’d like to suggest some simple things to think about and do to get yourself out of your funk, and turn your day around.
#1 – Understand That It’ll Get Better
Sometimes it does seem like that no matter what you do, things just don’t seem to get any better. However, even on your worst day understand that things will get better. Keep your mind targeted on methodically fixing whatever it is that is causing you particular grief and problems. Perhaps you can’t solve the issue all in a day, but start acting and stop complaining. Little improvements and actions add up and you’ll soon start to let go of the awful feeling you have. It’s when you give up that your problems will only compound and go unresolved. Figure out what is causing you a bad day. Understand it and confront it.
#2 – Cut Yourself Some Slack
Patience. Stay calm. Though you might like to feel things are all of your own doing, this will only make things worse for you by harping on the negative and not looking for the silver lining. I am a firm believer that for every “bad” thing that happens to us, good will come from it. Open up your mind to that kind of thinking and you’ll soon find yourself coming out of your mood. You will see that things will get better. Go easy on yourself.
#3 – Do Something Nice For Others
Take the focus off yourself for a moment and do something really nice for someone else. I love to watch my rear-view mirror after I leave the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts and the surprise and smile I see when I’ve paid for the order of coffee, etc. of the person behind me. That gets me in a great mood and simple things like that will do the same for you. See someone else having a bad day, well, that’s your opportunity to say something nice to them, offer encouragement or simply let them know that things will get better. The effect that these sort of actions will have upon yourself is remarkable. Try it. See how it affects you in a most positive way.
#4 – Achieving The Little Goals
I find satisfaction from achieving little things that add up. It might be as simple as getting errands done during lunch and checking off items on that daily “To Do” list. Keep it simple and don’t look to accomplish anything too difficult. I so enjoy reflecting on my day and the little goals I accomplished because the little goals add up to a lot at the end of the day. The “big goals” are a work in progress and I enjoy attacking them every day as well every day. I promise you’ll feel better by getting even small things done rather than sitting around and waiting for things to change.
#5 – Make You’re Day Better With Thought
You can’t ignore a challenging bad day, so think about the things that caused the bad day. You’ve got to take action to avoid whatever it is that’s caused the bad day. Be strong. Think about these words for a moment;
From the word IMPOSSIBLE comes POSSIBLE!
From the word IMPROBABLE comes the word PROBABLE!
From the word CAN’T comes the word CAN!
From the word INSECURITY comes the word SECURE!
Count on yourself to turn your bad day around. Don’t expect others to do it for you.
#6 – Move Your Body
Being physically active is a great way to get rid of anger, frustration and put yourself in a better frame of mind. Something as simple as a 20-minute will give you time to think about your situation and helps to release the anxiety or sadness you’re feeling. Listen to music while on the walk. Music always has a magical quality to improving ones state of mind.
We all have bad days, but remember too that you are always on display. Your spouse, your children, your friends and co-workers will all pick up on your “bad-day mood” and that can set the tone for their day.
Stay positive and treat yourself with kindness. Be grateful and thankful for all the good in your life. You woke up today and you are alive! What’s better than that?
What do you do when you are having a bad day?
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