Just one of those days: How-to make a bad day better

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.” -Seth Godin Do you ever just have one of those days that you want to escape from? One where you want to fly away to some far off island in the middle of the Caribbean? I was having one of those days today, which made me think of a quote I recently heard, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” It’s a reminder that we can create our own destiny and that if we aren’t happy where we are, we can change it. I’m sure we all have these days, but it’s how we handle them and grow from them that set us apart. I use these days to fuel my drive and ambitions. I harness that frustration and turn it into motivation to push even harder towards reaching my goals and dreams.

I found some great reads while searching the web, with tips and strategies that you might also find helpful:

10 Ways to Turn Around a Bad Day in 10 Minutes Or Less
7 Quick ways to turn a bad day around
10 Ways to Make a Bad Day Better

Some of my favorites are:

  1. Sweat. There’s no better way to get out that frustration than to have a super-sweaty workout session.
  2. Take time just for you. Read a book. Sip some tea. Anything that relaxes you and gets your mind off of the mood you’re in.
  3. Listen to your favorite song and crank it! When I’m in a mood I crank my music and jam out to zone out. Plus as Sirena Bernal notes, “Studies have shown that listening to music you like can alter your mood and even alleviate depression.”
  4. Write it out. Journaling is freeing and will help put you in a better mood by releasing that frustration from within. Think about all the things you are grateful for and include that in your journal entry too.
  5. Take a few deep breaths. As Jennifer Jarrett says, “…all it takes to shift out of the sympathetic nervous system into the parasympathetic nervous system where we feel more balanced, calm and relaxed, is three deep breaths.”

I wish you a happier day. 🙂

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