I am sure everyone has a bad day now and then. A day that starts off poorly and just doesn’t seem to get any better. A day that starts off negatively and each part of the day keeps leading you in the same direction, DOWN. A day where we feel like everyone is against us. In all reality though, we really don’t have control over WHAT happens to us, but we can control HOW we react to it.
I had one of these days today. A day that felt like every time I took two steps forward I would fall three steps back. I began reacting to the day with the pessimistic attitude that I was feeling and dragging myself deeper into the negativity. Then I thought about it. Why not just accept the reality, recognizing that it is what it is and that there is nothing that I can do to change what put me in the bad mood to begin with, so why should I allow it to ruin the rest of my day? It worked. I put on some good music, exercised, talked about it with someone and I really do feel better. Overall, it was still a pretty bad day, but my mood is not bad anymore and I am not bringing down others with it.
Here are some ways I read about on “The Happiness Project” on how to turn a bad day into a “Good Bad Day”. ( I really like that name…)
- Do Something Nice for Someone Else
- Stop thinking about it
- Connect with someone important to you
- Tackle a nagging task
- Do something silly and lighthearted
- Act the way you WANT to feel
- Ask for help
- Go to bed early