Day 4: 5 Ways to Kick a Bad Day's Ass

10:25 PM

She spilled her coffee, broke her shoelace,
Smeared the lipstick on her face.
Slammed the door and said, 
“I’m sorry. I had a bad day again.” 

- Bad Day, Fuel

We all have those days. You trip over your slippers getting out of bed, scald your tongue trying to drink your coffee as soon as it’s made, and seem to hit every single red light when you’re already running late. 

Instead of sulking miserably, how about trying one of my five favorite ways of telling a bad day to shove it. 
1.) Go for a five-minute walk and get some sun and fresh air — while wearing sunscreen, of course! A psychiatric study found a link between depression and a decrease in Vitamin D, and chances are good taking a literal step back from whatever is bothering you will help to make things seem less daunting.

2.) Hug your fur-baby. While this article focuses on the benefits of having a dog, I’m sure the same research can apply to cats, rabbits, ferrets… People who have pets tend to be less anxious and more active than people who don’t. Considering our furry children seem to treat us like we’re minions sent to do their bidding, it makes perfect sense. 

3.) Stop to smell the roses. A study published by Harvard claims participants who normally don’t describe themselves as morning people felt more alert and even happier when they looked at flowers first thing in the morning.  Dr. Nancy Etcoff says, “The morning blahs, as it turns out, is a real phenomenon… Interestingly, when we placed a small bouquet of flowers into their morning routines, people perked up.” Like I needed another reason to love flowers and plants.
4.) Eat the damn chocolate. Dark chocolate helps regulate cortisol levels, contains antioxidants that help protect the body from premature aging, and may even reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
5.) Be Mr. Brightside. (Minus the cheating girlfriend). Find a reason to smile, and you may trick your brain into actually making you feel better. Look at funny animal pictures, or go take a picture of the silliest thing you can find. When you feel down in the dumps, take a look at it, smile, and feel better. 

Does anyone else have any tried and true tips?

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  1. Hugging my furbabies always helps when I'm having a bad day!

  2. Loving the bit about flowers as a confirmed "morning hater", may just give that a try!

    1. My idea of "early" is 10 am, so I'm going to give it a shot, too!

  3. Have new tips to use. Thought the chocolate bit was great, I always have a bar to hand, you only need a couple of squares for a hit!

  4. I'm glad I could help! Chocolate is always the best idea, though.

  5. Eating the chocolate is always a win!


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