Sometimes we just wake on the wrong side of the bed or little things that, on their own would be fine, all seem to pile up and you feel stuck in a bad day. This is incredibly frustrating and is something that I try to now recognise early and try to stop it before it snowballs and feels like it’s ruined your whole day. So, here are my 5 favourite things you can do to turn a bad day around.
5 things you can do to fix a bad day:
- Go for a walk – Getting out of the environment you are in and making yourself move can really change your mood. It rarely feels like it at first, but it can be a great way of letting off some steam and makes for a good circuit breaker. I’ve been known to rug up and get out for a stompy (to calm) walk even on a freezing cold day, just to clear my head and it works!
- Bake something delicious – This is great for both doing something with your hands and taking your mind away from your bad day and it gives you something delicious at the end. If you’re not a confident cook or baker, maybe treat yourself to something from a bakery instead for fear of this adding to the bad day.
- Dance it out – If your day really isn’t going to plan, pop on your favourite song to dance to and dance out your bad mood. This might be one to save for home, if you don’t want to dance through your workplace, though a dance off might improve everyone’s mood ;)
- Read or watch something funny – The internet was made for finding things that are funny to help cheer you up. Read a Peanuts comic or watch your favourite comedy show or movie. Something that will get you feeling more lighthearted.
- Commit a Random Act of Kindness – Do something nice for someone with no need for it to be returned. It doesn’t have to be big. It could be letting someone go in front in the line at the supermarket or paying for a coffee of the order behind you or even telling someone who looks like they’re having a rough day that they are doing an awesome job.
These are all little things that you can do to turn a bad day around. Some days just aren’t the best but if we take the pressure off for a moment or two we can usually turn it around. And if all else fails, remember that things don’t have to be perfect and to be kind to yourself. Tomorrow is a new day.
What’s your #1 thing to do to turn a bad day around?
Note: The Embracing Imperfection series is a fortnightly blog post series, every second Thursday, where I talk about creating a great, happy home for you and for me. One where we not only talk about embracing imperfection, but where we make steps to do it. Read more about it here.