15 Tips To Improve A Bad Day
Bad days happen. A bad job interview, a broken laptop, a horrible co-worker, stepping in dog poo on the way to a DATE and ‘stinking the whole damn time—or forgetting your umbrella on a rainy day, because all of these things happens and it sucks.
I can’t get rid of an annoying co-worker (sorry) or buy you a new laptop, but I do have some sweet suggestions for improving your mood a little and put an end to those bad days, maybe not forever, but at least for the day.
These tips are particularly important if you’re on the road to recovery from mental illness (just thought I’d pop that in there!)
- Clean your room – or your desk/floor/garden, it honestly clears your mind, too.
- Smile – It has biological effects on your brain, helping you feel better. Smile with your whole face. Even if you don’t feel like it.
- Open your curtains & windows – fresh air and natural light really is the cure for everything in my opinion. It also helps to regulate your mental health/mood/appetite.
- Have some chocolate – Dark chocolate helps your brain release endorphins and serotonin, an anti-depressant and reduces cortisol levels.
- Have a shower or a bath – it will make you feel clean and refreshed and wonderful – it always makes me feel soooooo much better!
- Put on clean clothes – and out the clothes you had on in the wash.
- Go outside – even if it’s just to the corner shop or to the bottom of your garden and back, fresh air is important, FRESH AIR IS IMPORTANT – and the sun is a natural mood-booster.
- Stretch – go on youtube and find some yoga workouts and stretches, I find it really releases a lot of tension I’ve been holding in.
- Drink a big glass of water – staying hydrated is important, the difference drinking water and not has such a huge impact on your mental wellbeing – you will feel better for it and it will get rid of any toxins your body is holding on to.
- Get the hard/important tasks out of the way while you have the energy – If you suffer from a mental illness, running out of energy early in the day is very normal, especially for me, so I know that getting those tasks out of the way can be exhausting but it’s also important, and will make you feel like you have accomplished something which is an instant mood-booster.
- Comfort Food – it’s okay to eat junk food sometimes, go grab a burger, eat some cookies and cupcakes or ice cream… eating healthy is also important though, and eating healthily makes me feel 100x better because I know that it’s having a positive impact on my body.
- Light some Candles – I personally find that lighting candles relaxes me and makes me feel better instantly.
- Relax your shoulders and exhaaaale – sometimes it feels good just to let your worries float away.
- Set yourself some goals – it doesn’t matter how small or big they are (eg. have 3 meals today, go for a walk in the afternoon), whether they are hourly, daily, or even weekly, achieving goals can make you feel as though you have accomplished something.
- And finally, remember that it is okay to have bad days – bad days happen to us all, and you’re going to be just fine, so don’t give up just because you’ve had a bad day/week/etc. It’s okay to have days that don’t go so great.
I hope that you find comfort in some of these tips and they can at least improve your day a little.
Let me know in the comments what you do to improve a bad day.
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