It’s unavoidable. No matter how hard we try or how positive our outlook, everyone can have a “bad day.” Whether it was a setback at work, disappointment in our personal lives, or a case of the “Monday Blues,” it’s important to take a deep breathe and step back from the situation. Learning to cope with disappointment in a healthy and productive way can help us move forward.
Instead of focusing on the negative, there are ways of coping with a bad day that helps improve our mental and emotional health.
Be Kind to Yourself
There’s no need to fall into further despair by being hard on yourself. Be kind to yourself and practice self-nurturing through positive thinking.
Relieve stressful situations by indulging a little in something that makes you happy. Schedule an after-work foot massage, read a new novel, eat your “comfort food,” listen to your favorite music, take a bubble bath, or have a glass of wine.
Do Good, Feel Good
When you’re feeling blue, it can help improve your mood by doing a selfless act of good for a friend or co-worker. Most people appreciate random acts of kindness, and it will add a “positive” to an otherwise difficult day.
Sometimes it’s best to remove yourself from an unhealthy situation. If you’ve had a bad day, don’t dwell on the negatives for the rest of the evening. Unwind, de-stress, and move forward. Go to the movies, watch a funny TV program, or spend quality time with a friend or loved one.
Accentuate the Positive
Instead of focusing on everything that went wrong, remember all the positives you accomplished during the day — no matter how small!
Exercise to Boost Your Mood
Physical exertion is a natural way to increase endorphins and positive thinking. It gives you time to assess the situation, while melting away the stress and negativity.
Always remember that tomorrow is another day. Keep perspective, think positive, connect with loved ones, and have a better tomorrow!