How to recover from a bad day
Ever had one of those days that was just so horrible, it didn’t seem real? You even pinched yourself to be sure you weren’t in a nightmare. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Twice.
And while you kept your cool through the first few mishaps, you’re now solidly, undeniably, in Bad Mood territory.
Husbands quake in fear; toddlers tremble in your wake; neighbours cringe at your glower.
Which is never, ever, how you want to navigate the world.
You’re a positive soul! And patient to boot. You’re ready to shake off the cosmic disaster that was your day and focus on the bright future.
But … how? Especially when you feel so darn horrible right now?
I’ve been there and I know just how hard it can be to get over a bad day …
But through trial and error – a whole lot more ‘error’ than I’d care to admit – I’ve pinpointed four ways you can turn the tides on a bad day.
Four ways to recover from a bad day
Find the silver lining
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” —Walt Whitman
I know you’re probably thinking, “There is no silver lining, Astrie. My car broke down, my credit card is missing, my computer exploded into a million fiery pieces and all hope is lost.”
It’s okay. You don’t have to find a silver lining in the bad things that happened today (that might be asking too much from you right now).
Instead, try to think of one positive thing in your life.
For me, I’m eternally grateful for my family.
They are my silver lining(s), and no matter what happens during my day I know I can focus on them and remember just how lucky I am.
What’s your silver lining?
Shift your attention
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” —Maya Angelou
If you’re like me, it can be tempting to mull and dwell on what has happened. But you know who that helps? Nobody. Ever.
Instead, shift your attention and focus on making somebody else’s day.
This helps in two ways:
1. You’re making somebody else happy. There’s some serious karma and feel-good points in that.
2. By avoiding the mull-and-dwell cycle, you’re moving on and subconsciously shaking off your bad day.
So, how can you be a good friend/partner/mother and bring a little cheer into someone’s life?
Build your beautiful life … today
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” —Jim Rohn
When all else fails, it’s time to take matters into your own hands and build your happiness from the ground up.
To do so, I recommend exploring what makes you happy.
For example, I get so much joy out of pampering myself with beauty products.
(For my favourite bad-mood-busting beauty products, make sure you read to the end of this article.)
It’s also impossible for me to stay in a bad mood if I watch Frankie & Grace or I go for a walk by the river. Now … how about you?
If you’re stuck, here are some happiness-provoking ideas to get you started:
- Watch a funny movie or listen to a funny podcast.
- Call your best-friend (the one that ALWAYS makes you laugh).
- Sweat it off! Go for a jog or yoga. Whatever your favourite physical activity is, do it.
For my fellow beauty addicts, I have listed my favourite bad-mood-busting beauty products!
Best enjoyed after a warm bath and a glass of good champagne!
And now.… bad mood be gone!