Some days will be better than others, there’s no question about that and no way you can control all events. you can, however, do your best to control your reactions to them. So here are some suggestions to turn a bad day around.
1. Take Time Out
First things first, it’s time to press the ‘reset’ button, just as you do when a computer starts to struggle. Go somewhere different – go for a short walk or at least to another room and consciously let your brain relax. Take some deep breaths, breathing in beautiful energising air and breathing out negativity as much as you can.
2. Avoid Facebook!
When we’re stressed, often the first instinct is to drive ourselves to distraction. Ever noticed how much other stuff you can get done when you are avoiding the big job that needs doing? Facebook is often the first port of call for people looking for distraction these days, but if you’re having a bad day, do yourself a favour and avoid it. Indeed, avoid all social media if you can – it’s way too easy to start comparing yourself to others and that’s the last thing you want to do on a bad day.
3. Remember Gratitude
Gratitude is one of the purest states you can be in and a fine tool in combatting the negative feelings on a bad day. Think of everything you have to be thankful for in your life – that could be the place you live, your partner or friends, the fact you have enough to eat, your health. The longer the list of things you can find to be grateful for, the more you are bringing these things to the front of your mind and displacing the temporary issues that have been clouding your day.
4. Combatting Overwhelm
If it’s a feeling of being overwhelmed that is getting you down (as it so often is), just writing down everything you need to do can be a remarkably effective way of getting everything into perspective. Even more so if you can separate things out into 1) what you need to achieve, 2) the steps you need to take to get there and 3) the time it will take for each of these steps. Then you can make a timetable. What you’re doing here is taking back control of the situation, which will make you feel a lot better, no matter what the demands ahead.
5. Have A Mind Holiday
Whilst we obviously choose the path of meditation here, there are various ways you can give your mind a break. Some have a long bath, some watch an old film, some pray. All of these options can take you to a happier place. Just remember that you owe it to yourself to be happy – you weren’t put on this earth to be miserable or to suffer unnecessarily.
Ultimately, whilst you can’t control the hand you are dealt, you can sure as hell control how you play it. Taking control of the situation will always make you feel better. Meditation is a way of gently taking control of your thoughts and working with them – if you’d like to know more about that, just click here for our free course.