June 9, 2015

How to Have a Good Day

I don't think I am the right person to be writing this post because I rarely have "good days". That may be a whole different post for another day but I rarely feel completely happy.

Doesn't that sound incredibly sad?

It's something I've been dealing with a lot the past few months--it's not my anxiety, it's not nerves, it's just a blah feeling.

Hence why I don't feel like I should have any authority of writing a post entitled "How to Have a Good Day" but maybe that unhappiness is all the more reason to write the post.

Even if you are having a really bad day or you don't want to get out of bed, there are little ways to make your day better, a little brighter.

Sometimes, the smallest things can turn my day around, even just for a few minutes.

None of these are terribly groundbreaking but they are little ways to make you get through a bad day, or how to make a good day even better.



1. Listen to something happy: If you commute to work or school, don't sit in silence on a "bad day". I've learned that letting your mind wander when you're feeling down can never be good. Keep yourself distracted with something upbeat, or something that allows you to process information. Whether that's your favorite playlist, an interesting podcast, or an audiobook, start the morning off with something that will stimulate your mind, in a positive way.

2. Treat yourself: Do you usually make coffee at work? Do you have only an apple or a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast? On a bad day, break out of your routine and treat yourself. Get a bagel or an egg sandwich, treat yourself to some Starbucks, buy a piece of chocolate to have later in the day. (Sorry for the food analogies!) It'll make the day a little sweeter knowing you didn't restrict yourself and allowed a little indulgence.

3. Drink lots of water: This doesn't seem to go along with the other two but I found that when I don't drink enough water, I feel sluggish and a little more sad. Make sure you are drinking as much water as possible to elevate your mood.

4. Dress to impress: On days where you are feeling less than stellar, all you want to do sit around in leggings and a comfortable t-shirt, your hair in a bun, and no make-up. I am extremely guilty of this because it's just easier to sulk when you are comfortable, can cry without ruining your make-up, and don't have to worry about anything but your mood. I have also been guilty of convincing myself to get up and get dressed. Even if I do wear leggings, I will have my hair done & down, and make-up on. If you look good, you will feel good. I did this on Saturday afternoon; I was feeling really crappy but decided to put on make-up, even if I was just going to the craft store, but it instantly made me feel better.

5. Do something enjoyable: No matter if it's 10 minutes or 1 hour, take a moment of your bad day to do something you like. Whether it's just taking a walk around the block, logging onto Pinterest, reading a book, going to a kick boxing class, make an effort to try to brighten the mood.

Sulking in your mood or your "bad day" won't help. I am very guilty of this. I allow the day to take over my entire mood and start blaming everything bad on it. If I don't get a seat on the train, if the line for coffee is too long, if I drop my Metrocard, if my computer crashes, it's the end of the world and the day is completely destroyed.

I have found though that these small efforts can make a difference, even if just for a few moments.

What do you do to turn a bad day around? 


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