7 Ways to Get Through A Bad Day (or Week)
It happens to all of us. You wake up, everything feels “off”, and that blah mood seems to follow you wherever you go. You don’t feel like working or doing much of anything and would like nothing more than to binge a Netflix show and nap all day. We’ve all been there.
Cold winter months don’t make it any easier. For some of us, going for a walk isn’t really an option. It’s supposed to feel like -40 on Wednesday. Negative forty degrees. Here are some of the things I do when I’m trying to get through a blah day.
1. Take the time to get ready for the day
This might sound superficial but hear me out. It’s so easy to skip putting time into your appearance when you’re not feeling it. You throw your hair up and don’t really apply makeup, and throw on workout clothes (that’s me so much of the time). But there’s nothing quite like a warm shower to help you feel refreshed in the morning. If you don’t already have one, find a body wash that feels and smells amazing. I love Cowshed Grumpy Cow and Fresh Citron de Vigne.
I’ve found that taking the time to wave my hair, applying some foundation (this stuff is the best) and eyeliner (that’s about as much makeup as I ever put on), and putting on my favorite jeans always makes me feel a little better about myself. This won’t solve all your problems, but it does help.
2. Have perspective
This isn’t always easy but it’s so, so important. It’s ok to let yourself feel down – I’m all for taking time to feel angry, sad, or even a little bitter for a day or two. But give yourself a time limit. I had a really stressful day a few weeks ago and gave myself the day to feel annoyed, but told myself I was going to let it go when I work up the following morning.
Before you go back to feeling all “ugh” about everything on your “ugh” day, take a moment to remind yourself of all the good things in your life. Here’s something I applied to my life recently. Margot has been fighting almost every single nap and bedtime (I’m talking 1-2 hours of fussiness/crying at least 3-4x a day) the last week, and it has been exhausting. So I’ll remind both myself and Conor that this will pass. She’s so happy when she’s awake, we’re all healthy, and we’re lucky to have family and friends nearby, careers that are going well, and a home to keep us warm when it’s freezing outside.
3. Take a break
So many of us end up powering through the day, but actually walking away from your computer/work and using your lunch break to slow down can turn things around. Sit with yourself, a friend, or a good book, and relax for 20-30 minutes. It’s not only ok to take a break, but it’s important, better for productivity, and better for you.
4. Give yourself what you need
You’re either someone who needs to do nothing after work, or someone who thrives on checking things off your to-do list. I’m a mix of both, but usually feel better when I get things done. I’ll use that energy to focus on work and organize my home. Other times, I just need to sit down with a glass of wine and a feel-good TV show or book. The point here is to do whatever it is that will make you feel a little better.
5. Be healthy
I know the feeling of needing a chocolate chip sea salt cookie or wanting to order your favorite take-out and I’m all for that, but balance that out with nutrients that will fuel you and make you feel healthy and/or a workout. Feed yourself healthy food that will make you feel good, drink plenty of water, and take care of yourself. It isn’t always easy to get a workout in when you’re feeling down, but if you can find the energy, it will make you feel better.
6. Stay off social media
There’s something about looking through a bunch of beautiful, curated photos and endless happy moments that can make you feel a little bitter when you’re already feeling blah. I’m all for regular social media breaks throughout the week, especially on days when you’re just not feeling like yourself.
7. Treat yourself
Whether it’s ordering your favorite take-out or latte, picking up fresh flowers, or going to a yoga class, do something that will make you happy. Also on my list: watching my go-to happy place movie (Father of the Bride or Something’s Gotta Give) or making plans to spend time with a friend who is sure to cheer me up. Bonus: having something to look forward to and the end of the day is likely to help you get through the day.