10 tips for getting through a bad day…

mm8402140490_3ee95b9a70_oI had a really stressful time last week, without going into too much personal detail… a lot of things seemed to go wrong all at once (isn’t that always the way?) which included a horrendous case of food poisoning, an exam and a loved one having an operation. So I thought I’d put together a few tips on how I tend to deal with a really rubbish day. Sometimes, just sometimes practising self-care isn’t always about wasting hours away in front of Netflix and ordering a ridiculous amount of fast food. Hopefully these ten tips may be useful to you, if you’re having a particularly bad day or even a lousy week!  photo Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 19.17.07_zpsabyvcnks.png photo Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 19.17.07_zpsabyvcnks.png photo Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 19.17.07_zpsabyvcnks.png
1. Distract yourself.
Sometimes when things are getting a little on top of you, you feel like you must focus, focus, focus until something is done. Take a break, set yourself a time limit and have a breather. Watch a Youtube video, or an episode of your favourite t.v show, maybe after a short break, you can re-assess the situation and you’ll realise it’s just one of those days.
2. Resist the urge to ‘treat yo-self’
Sometimes big impulsive treats when you’re having a bad day aren’t always the best idea in the long run. Do you really need to place that extra large Topshop order, will you feel guilty after? Before you press ‘checkout’ ask yourself if it will really make you feel better.
3. Don’t isolate yourself
Time for yourself is always good, but don’t shut yourself away. Get dressed, visit your friends, go for a walk. Sitting and dwelling in the ‘bad’ mood won’t do you any good, chances are it will only just prolong it. Call your mum, stay in contact with those closest to you, they probably know you better and know how to help boost your mood.
4. Keep things in perspective 
I really like the quote ‘just because you have a bad day, doesn’t mean you have a bad life’ but it’s easy to feel that way sometimes. Make a ‘happy list’ of the things you have to be positive about, no matter how small they may be, it’s easy to take things for granted sometimes, even if you don’t feel like counting your blessings right now, this might help.
5. Have a happy playlist at hand.
Whenever I’m feeling a little fed up, music always helps. Put down Adele’s heartbreak album, don’t venture to the ‘sad songs’ section on spotify…listen to upbeat happy songs, I find they really help lift my mood and before I know it I’m having an 80’s disco in my bedroom in my underwear

6. Do something nice for someone else.
Take the focus off of your own problems and do something good for someone else. Offer to help out a family member with an errand, call that friend you’ve been meaning to reply to, compliment people, random acts of kindness make the world go round. It’s nice to be nice.
7. Practise genuine self-care
I know I’ve stated many a time that on rubbish days I’ll order a large pizza and park myself on Tom’s sofa in front of my favourite series on Netflix (did you spot the parks and recreation quote up there^) if you are feeling really down this isn’t always a good idea… Pick up those clothes off the floor, do the dishwasher, make a to do list, to help organise your hectic schedule. These are small, yet productive tasks that will really help you in the long term.
8. Sleep is your friend.
Staying up worrying all night, or focusing on your terrible day will do you no good whatsoever. I know it’s a lot easier said than done to ‘not worry’ Turn off your phone, try and get an early night… tomorrow is a new day. Your parent’s were right all along. There’s a good chance you really will feel better in the morning.
9. Plan a positive, give yourself something to look forward too.
I’m not talking a 3 week, five star holiday or a huge shopping trip, just something small like arrange lunch at your favourite restaurant with a friend next week, or go and see that film you’ve been meaning to for absolutely ages. Little things always mean the most, having something nice to look forward to might make your day seem not so bad after all. 
10. “Promise me you’ll always believe: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Everyone messes up, once in a while. Even those people who seem to have almost totally perfect lives have rubbish days. Will your bad day matter in a year? It probably won’t even matter by the end of the week. Everyone has bad days and they always seem much worse at the time… 
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  1. April 30, 2015 / 1:27 am

    Great tips! I hope things turn around soon!

  2. April 30, 2015 / 2:17 am

    Wow I feel like you read my mind I had an awful end of my day at work today. This was really needed. Thanks! I hope things start going better for you too.

  3. April 30, 2015 / 2:51 am

    Wonderful tips! ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely needed this especially with my final exams coming up.

  4. April 30, 2015 / 2:52 am

    I always try and remind myself #4. I try and think about how good my life has been and will be, and that others have much worse days than I do. Sometimes I think this, then say "I DON'T CARE! I hate everything! Life sucks so much right now!" and I can't spin things into the positive, but I think that's okay.

    <3
    kimberrleigh

  5. April 30, 2015 / 2:54 am

    I always like to plan little, positive things during the week to get me excited for the upcoming days. Even just planning a cozy night in reading blogs and watching YouTube is something that always gets me feeling giddy.

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  6. April 30, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Really lovely post! Always find that messy house makes me feel much worse when I'm having a bad day!

    I hope this operation for your loved one went well.

  7. April 30, 2015 / 6:51 am

    Oh I hope your loved one is on the mend now. Great tips too – I do find that if I'm on my own things have a habit of becoming bigger in my head than they are, but seeing my friends or family is like an instant reset button, they bring me back to the real world, put things in perspective and make me see the funny side of whatever I was so hung up on before! x
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  8. April 30, 2015 / 8:04 am

    This is such a lovely post, I definitely need to use these tips!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

  9. April 30, 2015 / 8:21 am

    This sounds like a good plan. This was such a lovely read. Thank you for your tips Becky!

    Shannon // Sixth Skyline x

  10. April 30, 2015 / 8:30 am

    I totally agree – as much as I want to hide away with a tub of ice cream and Netflix, I always been much better after deep cleaning my bathroom whilst listening to a podcast! One less thing to do, right? (Is that sad?) x

    Jessica Marie | JESMGIA

  11. April 30, 2015 / 9:03 am

    Some amazing tips. It's definitely true. Bad days don't equal a bad life and people need to remember things do get better.

    Amanda || amandabootes.blogspot.co.uk

  12. April 30, 2015 / 10:23 am

    When I have bad day I always decor my room or something like that, or just planing about new post and taking pictures. This is great post.

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  13. April 30, 2015 / 10:23 am

    These tips are great, I usually pick on junk food straight away when I am having a bad day.
    I really like you planner, would you be able to share the link where you got it from of course if its online =)

  14. April 30, 2015 / 11:40 am

    Great post with such helpful tips!

  15. April 30, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Thank you for these wonderful tips, Becky – earlier this week I had a bad day when a ยฃ50 Topshop gift card went missing from my wallet (left it in a secure room and it was presumably stolen), received some hefty bruises from falling over trying to run for a bus (which I missed, no less!) etcetera.

    Having a birthday present taken from me and then subsequently being injured was not a fun experience at all. Usually what I need to do is just vent my frustration, often to anyone unfortunate enough to be in my company at the time (or I just cry it all out), then sleep on it. A good night's rest can make all the difference…I was definitely thinking much clearer and calmer afterwards.

    Watching something comedic like my favourite sitcom is a good idea, helps take the mind off of things! Now I'm pretty much past it and ready to move forward. A bad day only wins if you let it snowball into a bad week, month or mood!

    With love โ™ฅ๏ธŽ ยป Paris by Friday

  16. April 30, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    Loved everything about this post – I am definitely making a happy playlist!

    Oh January

  17. April 30, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    These tips are honestly so helpful and thought-out! It astounds me every time how much better my mood can get when I've slept a night on the rubbish thing that happened the day before.

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  18. May 1, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    Thanks for this, read it two days ago and had a terrible one today so I've been frantically searching for this post again!

  19. May 1, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Lovely post, where is your cute diary from, as I could do with something similar xx

  20. May 2, 2015 / 9:16 am

    Sometimes just writing things down or telling someone about it is all that is needed to help! I really like your summary of things here, often blogs focus so much on the good things it seems like people have perfect lives and don't admit when they're actually having a pretty crap time! Alice xx

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  21. May 2, 2015 / 6:03 pm

    I should probably work on the point to resist treating yourself!

  22. May 3, 2015 / 2:01 am

    These are such beautiful tips – within such a beautiful blog design too. I've had a terrible week and a really quite grim few months and some of these tips really rung true with me. Especially sleep being my best friend! There's nothing like catching a few zzzz's to put things in perspective and make you feel better
    xx
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  23. May 3, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    LOVE This, I'm the worst for impulse buying when i feel down haha! x

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