We’ve all had them. You know those really rubbish days where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, you just want to curl up into a ball, wishing the day was over. I aim to be quite a happy, positive person most of the time, but no one can be upbeat every minute of every day and some days can feel worse than others.
After a really bad day I like nothing better than coming home, getting into my pjs, lighting a few candles and shutting myself away for a while, but there are a few things that I also help me get over a tough day.
Having a good cry and letting it all out really does make me feel better, especially if I’ve been bottling things up all day and putting on a brave, smiley face. I’ll sob my heart out, get through a million tissues and then somehow that makes me feel able to get through the rest of the evening, Yes, I love nothing better than a good cry.
Talk To Someone
I finding talking through whats gone wrong that day with another person really helps me see things clearer. Whether it’s sounding off about stuff to my other half or phoning a friend or family member and talking about whats made me feel angry or upset, it all helps. Plus I may end up listening to their problems which completely helps take my mind off whatever has been upsetting me.
Write It Down
If talking isn’t your thing, then maybe try writing it down. I’ve kept a diary since I was 12 and written all kinds of stuff in it, what’s made me angry or making me cry that day. Some of my diaries have made interesting reading when I’ve gone back to them at a later date, only to find out things weren’t quite as bad as I thought they were but at the time it really helped me to vent off in my own private little world. I also try and write down something that’s made me feel happy or that I’m particularly proud of achieving that day, just so my diary’s not all full of doom and gloom.
Have A Sort Out
Do you know, I have a corner in my bedroom that’s a “dumping” corner, whenever I can’t find a home for something or can’t be bothered to put stuff away it gets dumped in that corner. So on a day when I am feeling really wound up about something I find that taking my temper and frustration out on all the stuff that’s built up in my dumping corner and having a good clear out really helps make me feel a lot better after a bad day.
It can be anything from painting, drawing, baking or even knitting, whatever you like as long as it takes your mind off your problems. I find baking helps to de-stress my mind plus there’s something tasty at the end of it. I also like to colour in adult colouring books, it takes real concentration so I’ll completely forget about things for a while and feel much more calmer afterwards.
Have A Bath
I close the door, turn the lights down, light some candles and run myself a nice warm bath filled with whatever my favourite bath product happens to be at the time. I find the water and the relaxing smell really help to soothe things away and puts me in a much better frame of mind for the rest of the evening.
Read A Book
I grab whatever book I’m reading, snuggle up under my blanket and totally get lost in the adventures of someone else. I find this really helps to take my mind off whatever else may have been troubling me that day.
Get An Early Night
I’ve usually had a bad day because I’ve been up in the early hours of the morning and this makes me an extremely grumpy person the following day. Believe it or not, I can be the moodiest person ever after 3 hours sleep so I’ll aim to get to bed at a more sensible hour. I’ve been using the Calm app and reading the Calm book, which have both helped me drift off into a much better sleep and I find it’s easier to deal with any problems the following day.
And if all else fails then I’ll have a mug of tea and a bar of chocolate, they always seem to do the trick!
Hope you’re having a good day today. Let me know what helps you after a really bad day.