So you’ve had a terrible, horrible, awful day at your web design agency or in your studies, and you just want to feel better right now. Believe me when I say that I understand. Bad days are the worst, and after one, you’ll probably just want to burrow into your bed with a glass of wine and replaying New Girl and never leave. That’s fantastic, but have a look at these other options for feeling better after a rough day.
- Make a list of the qualities you admire in yourself
Try not to be too harsh on yourself or to criticize yourself for your unpleasant day. If that seems difficult right now, consider stashing these self-love notes about your house so you can discover them the next time you’re having a bad day.
- Create an “Affirmations Collection”
Make a folder on your desktop for any written praise, affirmation, or positive stuff you receive. Take screenshots and save them to your folder. You now have a ready-to-use collection of pick-me-ups. When you’re having a terrible day, open your folder and remember your best moments.
According to recent studies, people who wrote down their emotions felt less anxious or upset about their circumstances right away. There’s no need for a Lisa Frank diary.
- Work through your irritable feelings
Allow yourself to scream into a pillow to get the terrible vibes out of your system, rather than distracting yourself. Is it not working for you? It’s a punch! Crying into it, ripping it, hugging it, yanking it… After that, when you regroup and calm down, clean up your mess.
- Read something absolutely escapism-oriented
Read something that truly captivates you, whether it’s a romance novel or a book about psychopaths. Allow yourself to become lost in the pages and let your worries go away. While you read, I strongly advise you to have a drink of wine.
- Consider aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is an excellent stress reliever. Choose your favourite scents (my favourites are sandalwood and lavender) and inhale deeply. You may even microwave or freeze a wet towel with a few drops of aromatherapy oil on it until it reaches your desired temperature. Then place it around your neck and inhale deeply.
- Ensure you’re consuming enough water
This may seem self-evident, but occasionally our brains wander and we forget the essentials, which are vital for mental and physical health.
- Go stargazing or watch the sunset
Even on the darkest of days, nature is awe-inspiring. When you’re feeling particularly sad, it’s sometimes helpful to remind yourself that today is only another day. Time moves on. This one day, this one problem is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Staying up late to watch the sunset or going outside to gaze at the immensity of the stars is a lovely way to remind yourself that there is a wider universe out there. Your awful day will feel like it happened a million years ago.
After a tough day, there’s nothing more cathartic than beating and kneading bread dough. You’ll always be able to produce fluffy, tasty bread, even if nothing else seems to be going right.