Friday, February 28, 2014

Things that make a bad day a little better



I thought I'd share with you a list of tried and true things that help me shake one of those "funks" and turn a bad day into a good day.

1. Go for a run.Exercise is the hardest for me on days I am feeling especially "blah" but those are the days I absolutely need it the most.

2. Get out in nature. The other day I was just grumpy, discontent and in one of those funks for no real reason. At lunch, I decided to get away from my desk and just take a little walk to get a diet coke instead of driving. That 15 minutes I spent walking in the fresh air left me feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of my day. This is also why I LOVE running outside. There's something about being in nature that is just good for your soul.

3. Encourage someone else. Sending an encouraging email or text or telling someone how much they're appreciated and cared for is not only mood boosting for you, but it also can make someone else's day so much better as well.

4. Set aside 30 minutes to silence my phone, step away from the computer, and just have some time to read a good book or journal or pray. There is value in disconnecting and taking a few minutes to do whatever it is that recharges you.

5. Laugh. Laughter is good medicine for anyone, and a good out loud laugh sometimes is all I need to shake those funks that come out of nowhere.

6. Organize or clean something. I find some real satisfaction in taking control of an out of control situation (like my closet). But even when I don't have the energy to commit to cleaning my train wreck closet for 5 hours, even just doing the dishes or making my bed helps me feel more accomplished and less anxious.

7. Write a Grateful list. Its very hard to be discontent when you are being thankful. Sometimes, whatever I am frustrated about is what I need to thank God for. For example, if work is stressing me out, I thank God for a really great job, and list all the things I am thankful for about my job. It really helps put things in perspective.


What is on your list? I always tell myself to try just ONE of these things when I am having a bad day. And usually, one leads to another and soon enough, I am not such a crankasaurus.

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17 comments:

  1. These are great tips. I agree, for me going for a run on the bad days is one of the best cures for me.

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  2. You're so right--getting outside always helps me immensely!

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  3. My go-to is bubble baths. I don't know what it is about those. LOVE Them!! Running is up there too.

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  4. running always helps me! sometimes i search positive quotes on pinterest and set them as my phone background :)

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  5. Love this post! As much as exercising is always a daunting dask, I love the feeling afterwords. Wish it would get warm outside here and I'd have more motivation!

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  6. I think the fact that I haven't been able to get outside much lately is really taking a toll on my mood! It's just so stinking cold lately...but I need fresh air! It really can help make a bad day so much better!

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  7. Talking to Ashten on G Chat which you are not doing today and it makes me sad. :)

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  8. Going for a run and eating a cupcake. Two instant bad-day cures.

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  9. This is a great list. I've been meaning to write grateful lists at the end of each day just so that I could reflect in them whenever I'm having a hard day but I'm so tired at the end of my day, I usually say tomorrow and of course we all know what happens then.....

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  10. Things that make a long day better... a new post on your blog!

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  11. I've been having more "bad days" than I want to admit lately - as my dusty gym pass can attest - thanks for the list and reminder to choose happiness rather than wait for it.
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  12. Love this perspective - great list!

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  13. I REALLY need to be setting aside more quiet time for myself. I've been itching to read Little Women and yet, I feel like I don't have the time. UGH. So, this week, I shall make the time. MAKE it.

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  14. Awww, so sweet! Great list too. I definitely need this some days. (Sorry I didn't read this on Friday, I haven't checked Bloglovin' since Thursday since I've been CRAZY busy!)

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  15. seriously digging the whole 30 minutes away from phone, computer, etc...one! sometimes, that can be the very thing causing stress! lol

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  16. I agree with you. When I'm having a bad day the best thing for me is to go for a walk and appreciate nature. Exercising is great too because I can throw out whatever anger or negative emotion I'm feeling.

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  17. Running is such my escape. I actually CRAVE runs on awful and stressful days!

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