Having a bad day every now and again is part of the human experience, but no matter how crummy you day has started out, there are always things you can do to turn it around.
If your day has gotten off to a not-so-good start, try some (or all!) of the mood boosters below.
Check a Task Off Your To-Do List
Don't already have a daily to-do list? Here's why you need one.
When you're having a bad day, it can begin to feel as if every. little. thing. is going wrong. To combat those feelings, look at your to-do list and then knock off one or two of those smaller tasks. The more tasks you complete, no matter how small, the more accomplished you'll feel.
While it's usually recommended that you get the harder/more unpleasant tasks done with first, on bad days, you can make an exception.
Make Someone Smile
I get it, when you're in a deep funk, sometimes the last thing you want to do is interact with others.
When you go out of your way to make someone smile, however, it can change the tone of the whole day.
It doesn't have to be a grand gesture. Buy a coffee for a coworker, or send a text to an old friend to let them know you're thinking of them.
Treat Yourself Like a Stranger
Have you ever noticed you're nicer to strangers than you are to yourself?
The negative thoughts that constantly run through your head…
You're so stupid!
You'll never be taken seriously by your colleagues.
You're such a bore!
…would never be directed at strangers.
So, why do we direct them at ourselves?
Take each and every negative thought that runs through your mind and filter it as if you are speaking it to a stranger. So, “you're so stupid” becomes “you made a simple mistake, it happens.”
When you make mistake, give yourself some leeway. After all, you would a stranger. http://ctt.ec/6NhUx+ @BeginnerBliss
Have a Midday Jam Session
Studies have shown that listening to upbeat music with the intent of increasing happiness can be a mood booster.
I admit, this is a bit easier for those of us who work from home, but it's not entirely impossible even if you work in an office or other location.
Perhaps you can take 5 minutes during lunch to just sit in your car and blast your favorite tunes. Or, bring a quality pair of headphones to work, go to a place where others won't be disturbed, and get your jam on.
Eat a Balanced Snack
Put down the potato chips and step away from the candy bar.
When you're feeling low, it's easy to think that sugar and carbs will give you the pick-me-up that you require, and while that may be initially true, you could find yourself in a worse off state in just a few hours.
It's important to choose a snack with carbs and protein — carbs will give you the energy boost you need, but protein will ensure that your blood sugar levels don't spike and crash (both of which are horrible for your mood and energy level).
Toast with a nut butter spread is always a great option (and there's even non-nut spreads for those of us who're allergic to nuts) because it's quick, easy, and filling. Fruit and nuts or seeds is another great choice.
Vent Your Frustrations
It's important that everyone has a safe person to whom they can vent. But what if you don't have a close friend or family member to vent to, or you're unable to sneak away from your desk for a 10-minute chat session?
Fortunately, there are a number of online communities built with exactly these situations in mind, and many are even free! An excellent one that I cannot recommend enough is 7 Cups. You won't be talking with a licensed therapist, but you will be talking with someone who's trained in active listening. Sometimes, that's all you really need to get through your frustrations and on with your day.
Sometimes, all we need is a little time to unwind and get away from all outside distractions — technology included.
If you find it difficult to get away from your desk, pop in a pair of ear plugs or noise cancelling ear phones and just be. Turn off your computer, turn off your phone, close your eyes, and just exist in the moment.