Have you ever had a day where nothing goes your way? A day so terrible that you want to run and hide beneath your covers until tomorrow comes?
Well, I seem to be stuck in a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that refuses to end despite the fact that the dates on the calendar change.
It began with something so simple that I merely shrugged it off as an inconvenience – a clogged sink. Sometimes your kitchen doubles as an indoor pool. It happens. But, this wasn’t any ordinary clog. This clog jump started a series of unfortunate events that, while completely unrelated, culminated in one very long bad day that spread over the course of 2 – 3 days. The aftermath of which left me with a $600 car repair bill and a pair of glasses jerry-rigged with tape. I’m not sure this is what they meant when they said the geek look was in.
The minute the mechanic dropped that $600 figure I finally broke, which was only fitting since everything else around me seemed to be breaking. After a good crying session, I found myself stewing in a bubble-bath (courtesy of Troy) with a glass of apple-pie moonshine
drinking soaking my cares away. And it was there, between the slow pruning of my fingers and 90 proof relaxation in a glass, that I realized stressing about my problems wasn’t going to make them disappear. I wasn’t going to magically cry tears of money or re-set the clock on my horrible day. But, I could reset my mood. Instead of sulking while I was soaking, I could focus on dealing and coping with my day by not letting it break my spirit.
So if you’re having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, here are a few ways that you can re-set your mood, too:
When nothing seems to be going your way, take a moment to just breathe. Focus on slow, calming breaths. Not only will this help you clear your mind, but it can also release some of that tension that’s building up from your bad day.
Hit the pause button and put some distance between you and the issue. If you’re stuck on a problem at work, switch to a different project or take a stroll around the office. If you’re at home, enjoy an hour of Netflix, read a good book, or take a short nap. Sometimes all you need is a little break to be able to re-focus.
If simply walking away isn’t working for you, take it a step further and get out. Take an early lunch or a short walking break around your office neighborhood. Enjoy a night out on the town with friends. Or simply explore your own neighborhood. A change of scenery will help you distance yourself from your worries for a little while.
Take a bath/shower.
I’m convinced that water has some magical healing properties. I am never more relaxed than when I’m soaking in a hot bubble bath or standing in a steamy shower. Set the mood with some aromatherapy candles and light music. I guarantee it will help you unwind after a bad day.
Indulge in some music therapy.
Pump up the volume on your favorite jams. Then sing loudly and off key. Add a few amazing dance moves and pretty soon you’ll be wondering what had you so down in the first place.
Write it out.
If you’re like me, writing holds a special therapeutic quality to it. Grab your notebook or laptop and write until your frustrations have transferred from your body to the words on the screen. And if you’re a blogger, you might even be able to turn that into an awesome blog post!
Get a hug.
The power of touch is so great that some healthcare providers have been using it as a form of therapy for years. Hell, people have even started businesses to provide cuddling to those who need and want it. So next time you’re having a crappy day, reach out to your significant other, a friend, family member or even your pet for a quick embrace.
Pet an animal.
As most of us dog-moms already know, petting an animal has been shown to drastically improve your mood. But, you don’t have to join the ranks of crazy dog-mom to reap the rewards. Visit an animal shelter and spend some time making those pups and kitties day a little bit better. It’s a win-win.
Remember, tomorrow is another day.
Channel your inner Scarlet O’hara and power through today by remembering that it will end. Even a streak of bad luck like mine has to come to an end at some point. Let’s just hope it’s not 7 years from now.