Bad Day? 3 Tips for Turning It Around

If you've ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed, then you already know how common it is to have an unpleasant day quickly go from bad to worse.  However, rather than allowing your day to unravel, we have some suggestions that are going to make it easier for you to rapidly turn things around:

  1. Breathe.  Bad days are often caused by stress, and that go-go-go mindset—where you feel like you're continuously putting out fires and not taking the time to recharge your batteries—can only contribute to your anxiety.  Yet deep breathing is a very effective way to quickly get centered, and it doesn't take a lot of time.  To help yourself relax, spend a few minutes breathing slowly and counting.  For example, you can slowly inhale for a count of 8, hold your breath for a count of 8, and then, exhale for a count of 8.  This activity will go a long way toward helping you feel more relaxed about the day ahead.

  2. Practice Gratitude.  While it may seem counterintuitive to look for the positive when you're in a bad mood, this practice really can turn your negativity around.  Either spend a few minutes thinking about those things in your life that are going well or make an effort to find things to appreciate as you go about your day.  They can even be small things like the friendliness of a cashier, the great weather, or the minimal traffic you encountered on the highway.  When you look for things to appreciate, you tend to find even more things to feel good about.

  3. Exercise.  Exercise is one of the best ways to improve your mood.  Not only does it release endorphins which make you feel great, but it can also be a useful distraction when you're feeling bogged down by negativity.  Plus, after a workout session, people tend to feel enthusiastic about what they just accomplished.  If you're feeling unhappy about your day, hit the gym, take a yoga class, dance around your bedroom, or go for a walk on your lunch hour.  Any of these activities will help you experience a happier outlook going forward.