You know the feeling – You get up in the morning, get ready for work, and get on your way. As you’re driving to your destination, you hear your favorite song on the radio – it’s all good!
Then you get to work, and it’s just not your day. You may have spilled coffee on yourself on the way there or fought with your significant other at home before leaving. Add some rain to this mix, and you’ve got an absolutely terrible day.
It’s inevitable: we all suffer from bad days. They can come without warning, and they can make us feel like we’ve lost all hope. Now, you may be asking:- “What it means to turn a loss into a win?” Well, this blog post is designed to help you transition from feeling hopeless to feeling accomplished and happy again. There are many things you can do on such a day to shift your mood and become positive.
Read on for some ideas on how you can do the same, and improve your outlook on the day!
1. Appreciate the Small Things
It doesn’t matter how much you are going through in your personal or professional life, if you look around, take a few deep breaths and notice the little things that you are grateful for, it is bound to put a smile on your face. If you wake up in a bad mood, try writing down three things that you are grateful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small the thing is, it is your way of expressing gratitude for them.
As the day progresses, continue writing down the things you are grateful for that you experienced throughout the day. This is one way to have a new perspective on the bad things that happen.
2. Make a List of What’s Good
Since our minds can run wild, you may find it helpful to take a moment to just take stock of what is going right in your life. You know how you feel when you’ve been trying really hard at something and finally achieve it, and you realize just how amazing it feels?
Well, you’ve probably experienced this in your life – You’re so excited to tell your best friend, or maybe even your parents, how well you did at an exam, or how many fitness goals you’ve accomplished.
In fact, this feeling can even feel better than winning a medal or trophy! When you experience this excitement, you feel happy. You have accomplished a task, and you feel proud of yourself.
3. Reach Out to Your Friends
The image of the popular TV show, “Friends,” is probably engraved in your mind.
The characters in the “Friends” series are a true example of those friends who stand by each other through thick and thin.
Friends are responsible for making sure their friends are feeling OK, and that they’re in good spirits. Think about it:
- how many of your friends are truly helping you to turn your mood around and have the best day possible?
- What would your day look like if every one of your friends looked out for you on a daily basis?
You’d wake up feeling good, start your day, and would only improve as the day went on. Making sure you have a supportive group of friends who are your help when you’re feeling down can really help with your mood.
“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one; each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” – Paulo Coelho
4. Take Care of Yourself
First and foremost, try to take care of yourself. For example, even if you have to miss work, make sure you get at least a little sleep that day. The last thing you want to do on your worst day is to be rushing around trying to take care of everyone else.
Dealing with a bad day should always be an individual thing. But there are some things you can do to make things better for yourself as well.
For example, do what you want to do. Don’t rush out on tasks and complete them at your own pace.
5. Pamper Yourself
Do you have a soothing bath time ritual? It may be as simple as putting on the music you enjoy, or lighting some candles and enjoying a bath or a shower. Using your mind to relax and de-stress on a bad day will help you to work through the situation and come out stronger.
It’s great to take a moment to yourself after the day has begun. A little relaxation is good for you, and it will help you to be strong in other situations too. You’re much more likely to be the person to be able to smile when you have good things to look forward to.
6. Do Something for Others
It’s a sad fact that we often feel our worst when our fellow humans suffer. It’s a natural inclination to want to help when others are in need. Your first step toward finding a positive outlook is to go out and help someone in need. This may be with a local charity, or perhaps with the local homeless population. Turn a negative day into a positive one by helping others!
7. Log conclusion
To make a bad day look better, make it a habit to write a summary of how things went after you return home. For example, if you got a bad grade in an exam, write the exact sentence you got wrong – and then make it into a funny joke.
Use simple words and alliteration to make the summary flow into a funny joke. Do this before you start the evening activities. When you come home, simply turn off all the lights, sit down in the chair, close your eyes, and think about how your day went. After a few minutes, switch on the lights, go ahead, and write the summary.