We all have those days where nothing seems to be going right or we are just struggling to get through. Life happens and it can be overwhelming at times, but that does not mean you have to give into the bad days and stick with a negative state of mind. Emotions are temporary and sometimes we just need a boost into the right frame of mind. So, here is a list of suggestions on 10 ways to improve your bad days.
10 Ways to Improve Your Bad Days
1. Practice Self-Care.
Self-care can have a huge impact on mood and overall health. Practice self-care such as aromatherapy, massages, taking a bath, and personal hygiene. Self-care also means doing things that help out appearance too such as doing hair, nails, and moisturizing body. Taking care of yourself and your only personal hygiene and do wonders for boosting mood and self-esteem.
Exercise is a huge factor in overall health. Keeping your body in motion and moving at least 30 mins everyday can help your body release endorphins and boost mood. Exercise also helps people clear their head and helps calm anxiety and stress.
3. Engage Your Mind
Doing an activity that requires you to use your mind such as reading or playing chess had soon to improve mood and overall cognitive functioning. The mind is part of the body so the phrase, “if you don’t use it you lose it” still applies here. If you engage in meaningful activities such as reading or strategy games you are more likely to feel accomplished and proactive about your day.
4. Connect with Others
Setting time to spend with others has a positive impact on our moods. When we connect with others we feel more positive about ourselves and are less likely to feel negative emotions such as “loneliness or low self-esteem”. Making plans to hang out with friend or family can help improve your day and help keep you active.
Helping others through volunteering is a quick way to boost your mood and improve you self-esteem. Volunteering gives you the chance to help others in need and will most likely make you feel better about yourself. Helping out at a local shelter, food drive, or goodwill center are great ways to give back to your community. Next time you are having a “bad day, try helping someone out in need and see how quickly you feel better.
6. Start a New Hobby
Teaching yourself a new hobby can be an exciting way to engage your mind and keep yourself busy. Just think about what interests you and something you have always wanted to try and take the steps toward doing it. Whether it be learning to paint, play guitar, or learning to crochet, just take the leap and start doing it. The best part is there are millions of videos and how to tutorials on YouTube so there is no excuse for not learning a new hobby.
7. Play with Animals
Pets help support good mood and can easily turn a bad day around. Just look at all the amazing things support and therapy animals do for their owners. Next time you are feeling down try seeking to comfort of an animal and see how their unconditional love and energy helps boost yours.
There is no quicker way to rid a bad day, then forcing yourself to have a little fun and laugh. Try watching a funny movie or going to a comedy show and see how laughter can transform your mood. Did you know that you can trick your mind into believing you’re happy by smiling and laughing more? It’s true, studies have found that negative thoughts/attitudes perpetuate negative mental states, and positive thoughts/attitudes perpetuate positive mental states. So next time you are in a negative rut pull this quick mind trick out and convince yourself you are happy by laughing!
9. Enjoy the Little Things
Too often people overlook the little joys in life and focus only on the “big picture”. Take time to be grateful for the little things each day in your life. Such as how nice it feels to sip on that delicious morning coffee, how beautiful the weather is outside, or even how nice it was to see a friend’s face today. Gratitude for little things like this will go a longer way then only focusing on the big positives like when your next vacation is. Remember bigger isn’t always better and quantity is not always quality. Little joys occur more frequently and will help you see more of the good in each day.
10. Focus on Your Breathing
Taking a moment to do a couple deep breathing exercises can help improve your mood and overall day. Many people are unaware when they are holding their breath or only taking shallow breaths which can worsen stress and anxiety. Take a few minutes each day to take some meaningful deep breaths. A simple way to take a proper deep breath is by counting in 4’s. This is how it works, inhale for the count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 4, and then exhale for a count of 4. This helps as a mental reminder to make sure you are filling your lungs all the way. However, everyone is different and you should not do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or lightheaded. Listen to your body. Deep breathing is very relaxing and should create a calming sensation for you when done right.
So there you have it, a complete list of 10 ways to improve you day. Next time you are feeling overwhelmed or down pull out this list and try a couple things to help improve your day. Just remember all emotional states are temporary, and there is normally something that can be done to turn a bad states into a good ones.
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