Life can be so unpredictable. In a blink of an eye, your day can go from just another regular day to a complete mess. Sometimes, having a shitty day comes with no warning at all. It hits you when you are unprepared.
When your day starts off badly in the morning, you have the rest of the day to deal with it. Or to put it another way, you have enough time to fix it and change the situation. That way, you can avoid going to bed with stuff that would keep you awake with worry.
People have different ways of handling the situation when they are having a shitty day. Some though, just curl up and give up. They allow the problem to overwhelm them hoping that by doing nothing, the problems would disappear.
Sometimes, it works. Time eliminates the problem if one does nothing. Other times, they linger; tormenting you constantly as if daring you to take them on.
For those who feel overwhelmed when their day suddenly goes south, this is for you. And for those who have the means of handling the rough days, reading this would give you more tricks on coping with days like that
Things to do when you are having a shitty day
1. Have an honest chat with yourself
This should be the first thing to do when you are having a shitty day. Talk to yourself. And be honest about the conversation.
Just imagine you are talking to your best friend. What would you say to them when they have a problem and need your advice? That is how to talk to yourself; openly and honestly.
That way, you might begin to get to grips with why you are having a shitty day.
2. Call up a friend
Think of the one person that knows the right buttons to press in you. It is likely to be a close friend or a lover. Whoever it is, call them up. They would likely make you feel a lot better immediately especially if they know you need cheering up.
3. Read something
You can pick up a book and read.
But don’t go reading something depressing. Look for fun books or motivational books. That would certainly get you back on the right track.
4. Play your favorite songs
The best route is to listen to songs you can sing along to. If you are home alone, you can sing at the top of your voice.
Again, avoid depressing love songs. Stick to the songs that would get the adrenaline flowing through your veins.
If you don’t like music, a bit of exercise would also do the trick of getting you pumped up. It doesn’t have to be strenuous. Light jogging or even walking is good enough.
6. Calm down through meditation
Meditation too works wonders when you are having a shitty day. Studies have shown you can lower your stress levels significantly by meditating regularly.
Find somewhere quiet and relaxing. Then sit and simply empty your head of all thoughts. If you are too agitated and your thoughts are firing in all directions with the speed of light, simply focus and think just one sound. Try the word ‘om’ for size and just drone it non-stop
7. Get to work doing things
Doing things is another simple way of making yourself feel better. The tasks don’t have to be hard. Just make sure they are things you can accomplish without tearing your hair out in frustration.
For instance, you can clean your apartment or do some laundry. If you are in the office, how about organizing or rearranging your workspace. Even organizing your schedule for the next one week would give you the needed boost.
8. Watch movies
It’s been known that watching movies can help alter your mood in a positive way.
If you are having a shitty day, the sorts of movies to watch are comedies and light-hearted dramas. Avoid sad movies. Your best bet is to re-watch an old favorite. That way, you won’t be surprised by any depressing scene.
9. Go outside and relax
This is many people’s favorite on how to handle a bad day.
Simply go to a park and enjoy nature. See how carefree the animals and plants are and listen to the sound of nature.
Sometimes, even sitting in front of your house looking at people passing by would also lift your mood.
So, how do you normally handle a bad day? Tell us what works for you in the comment section. You could be doing someone a great favor.