Having a Crappy Day? How to Turn a Bad Day Into an Amazing One
by Helene Malmsio
The alarm wakes you up and immediately you feel angry and stressed out. The day has not even yet begun, and you know its going to be a crappy day.
From that point on, you will likely see nothing but the dramas and obstacles in your step every hour of the bad day ahead of you.
Well, that's how it starts for most people who are chronically unhappy and stressed. It will snowball as the day progresses in its downward spiral if you don't take control of the ways you react to events today.
As they say, you can't always control what happens to you, but you can ALWAYS control how you respond to what happens.
Positive thinking, being optimistic, using the Law of Attraction, or mindfulness, whatever you call it... it does have the answers for improving your outlook and making almost every day an amazing one.
Its your choice. It does require you to THINK before you respond or act on events. There is need for mindfulness in dealing with your gut reactions and instincts.
But it is well worth it. Here are some sensible and simple things you can apply every day to make your life better. USE THEM.
With some effort and a little mental toughness, a bad day can be turned into a great day with moments you want to remember and celebrate.
1. Calm Down And Relax.
Sure, your day is off to a terrible start, but it’s not over just yet, so don't escalate the problem. The first step is to take a deep breath and relax.
Slow down your heart rate, think a few positive thoughts, and regain your composure. Put yourself in the right frame of mind to salvage the remainder of the day.
2. Accomplish something for your first "Success" of the Day.
Get one little thing accomplished that you can check off your list. If you’re at home, make your bed or clean the kitchen counters.
If you’re at work, send that email you’ve been avoiding. Give yourself a small success and a little momentum.
3. Call a positive friend.
Call a friend who usually is uplifting and share a little about your bad day. Just get it off your chest and be willing to accept any positive perspectives that your friends identifies for you.
You want to call someone that will be encouraging. This is not time for a pity party with a fellow moaner who will just create more drama and feed on all the negativity. Avoid calling someone that will do more harm than good.
4. Make a plan for the remainder of the day.
If you want to salvage the day, you need a plan. Look at the time you have left in the day and decide what’s most important to accomplish.
Make a reasonable plan to get the most important things completed before the day is over.
5. Be grateful. Write it down.
Gratitude can reset your attitude. It makes you happy when you actually FEEL grateful. Think about what you are grateful for today, and feel the happy emotions that come with that thought.
When you feel grateful, you have a better perspective and can be more productive. It gives you power, and you become more optimistic.
You feel less hopeless when you experience gratitude. You easily find creative solutions to any problems.
Write down what you are grateful about every day in a Personal Daily Journal. This book will reinforce all the good in your life, and help to channel and focus your positive energy toward achieving the goals in your life.
6. Move more. Get some exercise.
A bad day can create a lot of negative emotions. Those emotions create a lot of energy that needs to be burned off. Just move more... do anything that helps you stretch and breathe harder for a few minutes.
Exercise is a great way to move toward feeling normal again. You can make wiser decisions when you’re less emotionally stimulated.
7. Congratulate yourself for turning your day around.
Allow yourself to feel proud as soon as you make even a tiny bit of progress. Do something to celebrate having that power!
Give yourself a little treat as a milestone for not letting yourself be sucked into the seductive downward spiral of depression and anger.
This will provide a well-needed boost to your mood, self-esteem, and progress.
8. Determine how you contributed to having a bad day. Change it.
Some bad days are just random events, but others are not. Consider the origin of your bad day and brainstorm ways of preventing a repeat occurrence.
Not all bad days can be prevented, but many can. Be pro-active and take control of your life from the very start of the day.
Craft a daily routine that you love and that empowers you to start the day on a great note.
Look at all the stages and schedules and chores in your average day and see what you can make little changes to that will make you happier, more relaxed, less stressed, more in control... anything that can help you to say I CHOOSE to do this, rather than feel like everything is "I have to do this".
9. Make a better plan for tomorrow.
Choose to make the most of tomorrow. What can you do more of, less of, or not do at all?
You might have some catching up to do if today ended up in tatters and a lot of things were left undone. Make a plan for how you can get on top of it all, even if it needs to be spread over a few days to catch up.
Is there any way you can take steps to help prevent this in the future? Is there anyone who can help, provide support, design strategies or teamwork to make your days more even with less of this kind of hiccup that blew out your day?
Or, you might simply need to plan a night on the town with a few friends. Make up for having a bad day by having a magnificent day.
10. Get a good night of sleep. Charge your batteries for a better tomorrow.
You survived! Do your best to recharge your batteries and prepare for tomorrow. You’ll certainly feel better after a good night of restful sleep.
Bad days will happen, but you don’t have to give up and pray for tomorrow to arrive. You can turn your bad day around and have a great day.
Remember: If your day gets off to a bad start, stop and stay calm ... be determined to be mindful and still get as much from that day as you can.
This is a valuable skill for anyone to master. Clear your head, relax, and make a plan for the rest of your day.
Summary: Have you ever had a bad day and decided to throw in the towel? A bad day can make you feel like giving up and waiting for tomorrow to come.
However, a bad day can be saved. You really don’t get that many days over the course of a lifetime, so make the most of each day.
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I suggest that you take the time to think about the ESSENCE of what makes you FEEL GOOD, what makes you feel happy, what makes you feel a success, what makes you feel loved.
And plan ways to have or do more of those things in the year ahead.
And get yourself ORGANIZED... time management is crucial... don't waste time and energy... make the effort to write down your activities and plans... measure, monitor and track how effective you are... ponder how to become better... and you WILL!
And get yourself a beautiful and inspiring Personal Journal. Yes, like one of the ones I have designed for you. They work. They make you happy. Use them.
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