Last Updated on June 9, 2022
We can all agree that life is not a bed of roses, and there are some days when you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. On top of this, there are certain times when you encounter major inconveniences throughout your day, and sometimes, having a feeling that you’re having a bad day is overwhelming.
A hard day can make you feel like you can’t catch a break, but you know what? Tough days will come our way no matter who we are or what we do in life.
After all, no one promised that life will be perfect. These days can leave you feeling overwhelmed and make you feel like giving up. You might even start to wonder what to do when life gets you down.
Let’s talk about what you can do if you’re having a bad day, so you can get through it and maybe even acknowledge that the day turned out pretty well in the end!
We All Have Them
In case you’re sitting there wondering “Why me?” know that everyone has their fair share of good and tough days. This doesn’t make dealing with them easier; the only comfort you have is in knowing that they do not last forever.
Since everyone has difficult days on occasion, try not to get too down when this happens to you, as worry will only make you suffer more.
Knowing how to deal with a bummer day is important and this article can help you with that. At the very least, these tips will set you up for a better day tomorrow!
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How to Turn a Tough Day Around
You can’t change what already happened to cause your bummer of a day, and you need to recover from this stressful situation. The important thing is to put yourself in a better space to cope with it, keep the negative thoughts at bay, and take a deep breath.
To help you to get back on track, try these 10 tips to deal with a day that just isn’t going right. They are like a “bad day toolbox” that you can take anywhere.
Of course, where you are at the time of the less-than-ideal day will make a difference in the options for turning it around. But, somewhere in this list will be one, two, or more tips to help you get the day back on track that will fit into your current situation and location.
1 | Step Out Into Nature and Go for a Walk
If you can, it would be great to devote some time to go out for a walk. Even a 15-minute walk around your office block or neighborhood can go a long way in making you feel better.
If you’ve been indoors for the greater part of your day, a nature walk will freshen up your mind. Brisk walking gets your endorphins going, which makes you feel more positive!
2 | Try a New Recipe
YouTube has over a million cooking channels you can choose to follow. On a bad day, try cooking or baking something you have never prepared before. This will distract you from focusing on that tough day and focus instead on completing this new challenge.
You can share the meal with your loved ones and try to find some humor in the things that made your day tougher than it should be. If you dislike cooking, think about trying a new restaurant.
3 | Do Some House Cleaning
Although cleaning the house on a typical day might not be your top choice, taking some time to make your house clean and tidy on a bad day can make you feel empowered and in control of your life. You will feel so much better after cleaning your house. Why is this so?
When our lives are out of control, a messy house makes us feel worse. Additionally, when we can get a grip on what’s going on, it can make everything seem a bit more manageable. It’s amazing how vacuuming the floor and tidying the kitchen can improve your mood. Ah…doesn’t that feel better?
4 | Call a Family Member or Friend Who Is Upbeat and Positive
Family and friends support us when we’re down, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them. Calling a friend or family member you haven’t heard from in ages can help you get over a bad day. They’re there to listen and offer you a shoulder to lean on.
A call to your favorite person can keep you company and help you forget about your difficulties. In times like these, you need your closest friend. Your best friend can help turn things around and remind you that things may not be as bad as they seem.
5 | Move and Stretch Your Body With Yoga or Gentle Exercise
Exercising improves your mood and can relieve stress, and it’s one of the best ways to distract you from focusing on the negative things happening in your life. A yoga class (find them easily on YouTube!) will give you something to look forward to, and it’ll help clear your mind.
Should you find yourself overwhelmed, you can try breathing exercises. These help calm you down and shift your mindset.
Some simple stretching can also get your endorphins running and help you get back in good vibes.
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6 | Declutter a Room or Space
Many people feel so much better after organizing their room or space. You will feel more in control in a decluttered environment than in a cluttered one.
This exercise can help keep your mind as well as your hands busy, help get you out of a bad mood, and you can stop obsessing over things not working well at the moment. Yes, sometimes a difficult day becomes worse in our minds when we continue to rehash and review every agonizing moment!
7 | Take a Short Nap
Sleep is important for our physical health as well as mental health. When having a tough day, it is vital to relax, and that might mean to have a short nap. As you sleep, the brain lowers stress chemicals.
Being in this state helps to take the powerful emotions out of sad or hurtful memories you might have had. As you get up, your mind can start thinking clearer and help you cope and move on with your day.
8 | Enjoy a Hot Cup of Tea or Coffee
Having a hot cup of tea or coffee increases your levels of alertness and fosters clear thinking. This is the state of mind you need to be in after having a bad day, and it will help you move past the negative experience.
Sip slowly if you can, and savor the taste on your tongue. Try to eliminate everything else around you, sit quietly, and take a few deep breaths.
And, it will taste better in a beautiful cup. 🙂
9 | Listen to Your Favorite Music
Music heals the soul. When you’ve had a bad day, finding the right music can be a lifesaver.
Listening to certain types of music can release emotions in listeners when having tough days, plus, enjoying music releases dopamine, which can help you stay relaxed during this challenging time.
10 | Take a Hot Shower or Warm Bath
Taking a hot bath can help you fight the bad day vibes. Try some relaxing music, turn off the lights, light your favorite candles, and just relax in the moment.
Even if you have to wait until the latter part of the day due to other obligations, savoring some time alone while cleansing and soaking your tense body can go a long way toward getting past the day’s events.
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Things To Remember If You’re Having a Bad Day
Some days, things just don’t go the way we plan them, right? That’s okay. Here is what to remember when not having the best day.
It’s Just One Day in Your Life
If you’re having a bad day, it might feel as if things will never get better. Don’t forget that tomorrow is a fresh day and a new opportunity to have an amazing day.
It is, after all, just one day. It will pass.
Focus on the Positives
After you’ve had a bad day, it is vital to try not to focus on how terrible your life is. It’s tempting to do so, but this won’t make you feel any better.
Consider what went right on this difficult day, and feel good about those things.
Find Something To Be Grateful For
Strength doesn’t come from winning, but rather develops from struggles. Furthermore, it’s hard to find much to smile about when you fail, but how else would you improve yourself? You will need to stay positive and take failure as a path to getting things right.
Think of 3 to 5 things you are grateful for, and why. Create a quick and simple gratitude list. Focus on those positives and if you can concentrate on them, the negative events of the current day will start to fade.
Be Willing To Look for the Lesson
It’s easier said than done, my friend, but so very true: try to find the lesson in the bad day. What did you learn? What could you do differently next time? What will you not repeat?
This doesn’t mean placing blame or guilt on your shoulders, but rather, looking in on the day’s events as an observer, to consider what you can take from the day.
Let It Go
Don’t be afraid or ashamed of crying if that’s what it takes to get past the hard day. Crying is a way of letting go of all negative emotions. Accept all the things that happened and then put them behind you.
If you hold on to those feelings, you’ll suffer unnecessarily for a longer time, and if left unattended they can turn into negatives that can ultimately affect your health. Don’t do that. Let it go.
Tomorrow Is a New Day
Knowing that tomorrow brings a fresh day to start over can help you get through a bummer day. As the saying goes- Joy comes in the morning!
Thank goodness for that!
Final Thoughts: If You’re Having a Bad Day
Tough days are inevitable and more important, they’re temporary. When one comes your way, don’t forget this bad day toolbox’s advice to try and identify what caused it. This will assist you in overcoming it tomorrow, avoid feeling stuck and getting back to the good vibes.
Remember to feel what you need to feel and then allow yourself to move on to better days ahead.