Bad days are inevitable—everyone has them, and no one likes them. Even accepting the fact that there will be bad days in the future doesn’t make dealing with those days any easier. When things don’t go our way, it almost becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy where we make the bad day even worse. However, we can fight against this. We’re going to show you a few methods for turning a bad day around, so the next time you have one, you can pull yourself out of it more easily.
Channel the Bad Feelings Productively
While we often feel unmotivated on our worst days, sometimes, just having an outlet for those feelings can help. You can use the feelings you have and channel them into something useful or productive. Try to paint how you’re feeling on canvas, write about your day in a journal, or just beat the bad feelings out into a punching bag. Holding onto these feelings too strongly only allows them to fester and get worse.
Shift to Grateful Thoughts
Gratitude is a great method for turning a bad day around—there’s a reason that gratitude journals have become a huge trend. Focusing on what you’re grateful for, even the smallest things, can help reframe your day. Don’t try to make each point of gratitude some grand proclamation. Even something as small as getting out of bed is enough to keep you going through the more difficult times.
Do Something For Yourself
All day, we are expected to put others before ourselves, both in our work and in our personal lives. On really bad days, forget about all that and put yourself first for once. Try to do something you love to reset your frame of mind.
- Go out and have fun thrift shopping at your favorite store
- Order your favorite food for dinner
- Let yourself skip your daily workout if it normally stresses you out
- Call up your best friend and do something together
Reframe Your Negative Thoughts
Sometimes, we’re our own worst enemy when it comes to bad days. Getting too deep in your own thoughts can make a bad day worse. To fix this, try to reframe your negative thoughts into more positive ones. Instead of telling yourself, “I failed today,” try to instead think, “I tried my hardest today, even if it didn’t work out.” This more positive frame of mind helps you to see your day not as one huge failure but rather as a normal day that had one area of struggle.