Bad days – urgh, we all get them! But should we just admit defeat when it seems from the moment you got out of bed everything is going wrong? Of course not. Here are some tips on how to turn a crappy day into a happy day!
1. Listen to your favourite song and belt the lyrics out like you just don’t care. Scientists have actually proven music can alleviate depression, so I am sure it can work wonders in curing a bad day. Make sure you choose an uplifting song, whilst I love a bit of Adele as much as the next person, her songs are good to have a cry too and we don’t want tears today!
Tip: To prevent a bad mood you can try this on the way to work in the car – I do every morning (it’s funny if you get stuck in traffic, you will get odd looks).
2. Scroll through the motivational quotes on Instagram. I normally find a dose of that helps me get back on track.
3. Avoid Facebook. In fact log out for a while. There’s nothing worse than having a bad day and then scrolling through your feed full of friends and peers who all seem to have apple pie lives. Don’t compare yourself, firstly Facebook only shows what people want you to see and secondly you are you, so live your life.
4. Take a moment to be grateful. Okay so you got off on the wrong foot this morning but there is plenty to be thankful for. You may be grateful for your family, friends, the roof over your head. Whatever it is focus on that.
5. Change your routine. So you had a bad day at school or work, walk/drive a different way home. If you always listen to the same radio station try another you might find a new song and cue number 1 lets get singing!
6. Make a game plan. So the day hasn’t gone to plan, work out what went wrong and create an action plan to avoid making the same mistake twice. After all, it’s not so bad if you learn from it.
7. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you are the victim, you know the feeling, ‘oh why me’. You have a choice, you either develop from the negatives or you let them define you. I know which option I would rather take.
8. Hug someone (preferably someone you know or that could be kinda awkward). Sometimes you just need a good old fashioned cuddle to help wash away the negativity. That could be your mum, dad, other half or a good friend – pets are pretty good for that too.