Having a Bad Day? Keep this in Mind

April 8, 2019
Read this article to discover what to do when you're having a bad day!

Everyone’s had a bad day at least once… and we all know that sometimes a bad day can turn into a bad week. Since having a bad day affects your mood, it also affects how you treat your friends and family. In fact, having a bad day can turn you into an angry and negative version of yourself.

When you have a bad day, you don’t want to deal with people. Although you need to talk to get things off your chest, you also don’t want to overload other people with your problems, so you feel even more frustrated.

Why are you having a bad day?

Many things can make you have a bad day, from spilling coffee on the shirt you just put on to having an early-morning argument with your partner. You can also get in trouble at work for being late, you have a deadline coming up and a tool you needed stopped working, you received non-constructive feedbackThese seemingly small things can affect your inner peace and make you explode.

A sad man having a bad day.

Staying happy on a bad day

Identify the cause

As we mentioned above, small unfortunate details make a day awful. When you think you’re having a bad day, it’s because you’re only focusing on the facts or circumstances you shouldn’t be paying that much attention to. The moment you realize that you should be focusing on other things, you’ll start to feel better.

Worry about what truly matters

Some circumstances deserve your whole attention. However, you might also be focusing too much on things that don’t matter. This may end up ruining your day and affecting you emotionally.

Get your priorities straight

In many occasions, when you’re only having negative thoughts, you may tend to blow things out of proportion, giving too much importance to the negative things that happen to you when, in reality, they’re much less serious than they seem. It all depends on where your priorities lie. You should ask yourself why your main priority should be a thing that you won’t care about when everything in your life is finally in place. 

In order to prevent this from happening, it’s fundamental to know what really matters to you, the things you want to make work, and the things you’re not willing to give up on.

A sad woman thinking that she's having a bad day.

Do activities you like

Doing a hobby or activity you like will get you in a great mood. Thus, you should go out for a walk at your favorite park, read a great book, cook a recipe you like, or go visit your best friend. Do what you love. As small as this may seem, it can really cheer you up.

Exercise

Any type of physical activity will make your body release endorphins, the hormones of happiness, which are behind the feeling of joy that comes after a good workout session.

Apart from releasing endorphins, your body will be able to “disconnect” from the world during a workout. In fact, your mind will be more relaxed and you’ll focus only on the activity that you’re doing, leaving your fears and problems behind. 

Smile to be happy

A smile is perhaps the most genuine expression of happiness. Some studies demonstrate that by constantly doing something characteristic of a particular emotion, you can feel the emotion itself. Thus, feeling happy makes you smile, but smiling also makes you happy. 

A woman smiling.

Many research studies claim that the way you move your mouth makes your brain release dopamine (another happiness hormone). Thus, in order to “deceive” your brain, you could smile for a few minutes.

Finally, it’s important to not get carried away by the negative emotions you feel on a bad day. Although some negative things may be going on in your life, if you let them affect you, you won’t be able to focus on resolving them. Furthermore, seeing only the negative in a bad day can prevent you from seeing the good things in life.