Things to Do When You’re Having a Bad Day

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  • Get outside. If you’re a hectic day at the office, even getting fresh air on a five-minute walk around the block can help lift your mood and take your mind off of everything.
  • Call up your family members or long-distance friends to catch up during your commute. Talking to your loved ones can help bring you out of a small rut.
  • Practice deep breathing to calm yourself down and shift your mindset.
  • Go see a movie instead of curling up with Netflix (though this can help sometimes, too). It’ll allow to you disconnect and immerse you in the fictional story rather than dwelling on your bad day.
  • Treat yourself to something relaxing, like a massage, pedicure, facial, or blowout.
  • If you don’t want to spend the money, turn your own bathroom into a spa-like oasis with your favorite candles, a luxe soak, and relaxing playlist.
  • Write down the events or moments that brought you down to get. This can help you get some perspective about how little or large these issues really are in the scheme of things.
  • Who is your biggest champion? If it’s someone who lives nearby, make a plan with them. And you can always call the person who always reminds you why you’re awesome if they live far away.
  • Read some motivational quotes to lift your spirits.
  • Go for a long drive. It’s a great way to relieve both restlessness and pensive moods.
  • Grab an adult coloring book and get to work with some pretty colored pencils.
  • Go on a Pinterest bender and let the gorgeous images or crafting instructions take you away.
  • Create a gratitude list. Instead of focusing on the things that aren’t going well in your life, remind yourself of everything you’re thankful for.
  • Visit a museum exhibit or art gallery in your area. A little beauty can go a long way.
  • Simply vent! You can write it down in a notebook if you don’t have anyone who will listen, or text a friend, roommate, family member, or significant other. Sometimes you just need someone else to confirm that it isn’t in your head and that your day really is bad.
  • Retail therapy, anyone? There’s nothing like a new reward in the form of shoes. If you don’t have time to go anywhere, shop online.
  • Play with some animals at a local shelter; offer to walk a friend’s dog.
  • Look through old photos and family albums to reminisce about all the great times. Seeing these funny or sweet pictures will remind you of fond memories.
  • Stroll through a public park or enjoy a good book on a bench. If you’ve been cooped up indoors, a nature walk with a good book is a serious threat.
  • Learn how to make your favorite cocktail at home.
  • Play a round of solitaire or chess. These intellectual activities are great ways to stimulate our minds without doing something stressful.
  • Go get your hands in the dirt with some gardening. Consider signing up for a plot in the community garden, or use your own backyard.
  • Try taking the holistic wellness route. Is there a healing shop in your area? Ask the shopkeeper to teach you about aura sprays, healing crystals, and ritual candles.
  • Get the bad-day vibes out of your system. Not by distracting yourself, but by letting yourself work through the frustrating emotions. Scream into a pillow. Not working? Punch it! Cry into it, rip it, hug it, yank it… and then clean up your mess as you regroup and calm down.


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