4 Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around

For some, bad days come few and far between, but for me, living with anxiety can sometimes cause my good days to turn bad really fast. Let’s face it, bad days suck, but it’s okay to not always be okay. Whenever I’m having an off day, I usually do a couple of things to try to get myself into a better mood and a better state of mind. A lot of the time these methods help, and sometimes they don’t, but hey, you win some you lose some. If you want to find out about some of the things I do to make myself feel better on a bad day, keep reading.

1. Spending time with yourself

For me, depending on what’s causing my bad day, spending time alone really makes a positive difference. Over the past few years I have learned that for me, what’s best most of the time when I am in a bad mood is spending time by myself. I don’t like to say that I’m isolating myself from the world, even though I kinda am, but it just gives me the opportunity to breathe. Some days I will go out and treat myself to a manicure or pedicure (or sometimes both!), others I’ll just stay in with the door shut and watch my favorite television shows. I don’t know about you, but I get extremely irritable when I’m in a bad mood and tend to lash out on those around me. I’ll spend all day masking how I feel in professional settings (such as work or during class) so once I’m home it makes it really easy for me to lash out on others. This is why alone time is so great (for me), it gives me time to cool down. Try listening to some music, going on a walk, or partake in your favorite hobby when you’re feeling down or anxious. Put down all of your electronics for a few minutes and take a breather.

2. Deep Breathing

Okay, so I guess this could tie back into the first point, but you don’t necessarily have to do deep breathing alone. For ages, deep breathing has been known to calm the mind and spirit, and help bring clarity to situations. I find that if my anxiety is getting bad and I feel a panic attack coming on, I’ll sit down and take a couple of minutes to do some deep breathing exercises. A lot of the time this helps. There’s a pretty cool app called Headspace that has you sit down daily and take 10 minutes to meditate. With this application, you can either use the Take10 introductory series (it’s free) and keep looping through that, or you can upgrade your membership to unlock other meditation forms/sessions. I’d also recommend checking out this Ted Talk if you have the time, it can help put some things into prospective for you.


3. Spend Time with Loved Ones

Okay okay, I know this point completely contradicts my first point, but hey! Sometimes engulfing yourself around those who love you really does help. Your loved ones are the ones always there for you in your time of need, the people you can turn to no matter what. They’re there to uplift your spirits and keep your mind off of things when needed. This one is hit or miss for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love my loved ones. Those are my people! I’ve come to realize throughout my time of knowing and meeting new people, that when some people are in bad moods, spending alone time and recharging by yourself is the best thing to do. That’s me. On the other hand, I’ve come across people who need to surround themselves with others to recharge and feel better. This is the time to do it! Don’t feel bad, or embarrassed, or ashamed of reaching out to them. They love you!

4. Change the Direction of your Thoughts
Now, this I feel is probably one of the hardest things to do, for me. Let me start off by saying I am not perfect in any way, shape or form. A lot of the time, I like to live by the saying “it is what it is,” because well, it is. There is no point in getting myself upset over things that have already happened, that I can’t change. But it’s hard sometimes. Thoughts have the ability to bring anxiety, stress and pain. That’s why having a positive direction of thoughts is great, especially once you realize your having a bad day. Becoming conscious of your thoughts is essential. You’ll start noticing the thoughts coming into your mind and how they make you feel. Noticing will allow your thoughts to start changing for the better. I’m still working on this one as well. It’s hard, but it definitely helps.
Hopefully this was somewhat informative! Don’t be afraid to reach out if you want to talk!