working through a bad day

Hello all! Today I wanted to talk about bad days and ways to work through them. Lately, I have felt that all I have been having are bad days and I hate that. I hate feeling like I am stuck in a slump that I just let myself linger in and I don’t even try to get out of it. And to a certain extent, I think it is okay to just vibe with the sad and give yourself time to feel sad. But not for long. Not day after day, week after week. I want to be able to turn a bad day into an okay one. I want to be able to salvage it so I don’t end it feeling worse than I did when I started it.

Somedays I wake up ready to go and take on the world. But then one seemingly insignificant thing will happen and I just lose all motivation and focus to get anything done. And then my mood just goes downhill so fast. Somedays I’ll wake up and just immediately know that that day is going to be a bad day. It can be very discouraging.

But enough of that! I wanted to write this not only for you but for myself. So that I have something to look back on when I start to struggle with a bad day.

Get Outside

So simple. So easy. So quickly overlooked and dismissed. Literally, this can just be you sitting on your patio, porch, deck, or whatever for like 10 minutes and it will make a world of difference I swear. Go for a short little walk around your neighborhood. Just soak up some sunshine and fresh air and let it settle over you like a comfortable blanket.

I like to sit on my front porch and do nothing. Literally nothing. I like going out in the mornings when it is a little colder and I get bundled up in a hoodie and warm socks. When the sun is bright but not yet warm. It is nice.

Talk to Someone

If you are fortunate enough to have someone you can reach out to, reach out. Talk it out with someone who knows you. They will probably be able to help you process what you are feeling and going through and help you get through it. And on the flip side, be there for your friends. If they are struggling with something be there for them. See if you can hang out with them even if it is only for a little while. Do something to help you not focus on what you’re not doing and get into a better state of mind.

Do the Little Things

Do smaller, more manageable tasks. Like dusting, doing your laundry, changing your bedsheets. Write out a list and add in the small things that you don’t normally add like, make a coffee, have breakfast, wash your face, get dressed, and so on. Accomplishing smaller tasks will absolutely help you believe that you are getting things done and help you get over that slump of feeling that you can’t get anything done.

And you’ll notice that most of those tasks I suggested do have to do with mornings and getting started with your day. I personally find that if I can start my day with small easy to accomplish tasks then continuing the day and dealing with more difficult tasks.

Other Things to Try

Here are a few more things you can try to help you work through a bad day.

  • Journal
  • Meditate
  • Exercise
  • Distract yourself

In the End

At the end of this, all just remember that this is just one day and that you can start over, start fresh as many times as you need to. It is your life and you can do whatever you need to do to help yourself get out and over your funk.

These are obviously just a few different things you can try. There is always more so always do some research on your own. And remember, you can be sad. It is okay to feel sad and down about it all. Bad days are bound to happen. What matters is what you do about the bad days.

Hope you all are doing well. Thanks for reading!

~Cheslea

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