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25 Things To Do When You’re Having A Bad Day

November 7, 2017

Your day has been a mess. You tossed and turned throughout the night going from one nightmare to the next and you woke up with body pains. To make matters worse, you left your phone at home and you showed up late to that very important meeting. You literally woke up on the wrong side of the bed and your day is just a complete mess.  When you’re day starts off this way what in the world do you do?

Hitting the restart button on such days is obviously out of the question. However, that doesn’t mean that you are at the mercy of such bad days. There are some simple and practical ways to change the cycle. It is important that you try to be on top of the situation so that you can get over it.

In order to provide you with the needed assistance to get over such challenges, I have compiled a list of what you can do to put yourself in the right frame of mind on your off days. Go through the list and find out what will work for you.

  • Take some time out of your schedule to get outside. If time allows you can go for a jog, hike, picnic or sightseeing.  On the other hand, if you had a busy hectic day in the office, your mood can get a boost if you just take a five-minute walk to get fresh air around the block. I personally always suggest you get out for lunch if possible. Taking your lunch at your desk while you work is the worst thing you can do especially when you’re have an “off” day.
  • If you have someone who makes you feel special, give them a call. The special feeling of talking with them will overweigh the challenges especially when you’re laughing your head off.
  • You can listen to some motivational recordings or read some motivational pieces to lift up your spirit. My podcast is a great start to getting your day on the right foot!

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  • You may decide to give yourself a treat. Go for pedicure, manicure, massage, facial, wax or get your hair done to move your mind away from the problems. Self care is the best gift you can give yourself.
  • Call your friends or family members on your way to work. If you have a hearty discussion with them, that may lift up your mood and help you forget about everything. I personally always call my mom while I’m in the car especially when I’m with the kids so they can say “Hi” to grandma and tell her about their day. Talking with my mom always brightens my day.
  • Avoid the pitfall of blaming yourself for everything that happened. If you engage in self-blame, you will find it difficult to get over the challenge. And honestly, sometimes the universe just has it out for us, right?

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  • Sometimes, when you seem to be having a bad day, practicing deep breathing is all you need to reduce the impact of the challenges and enjoy inner calmness.
  • If everything seems bleak, grab your journal or notebook and create a gratitude list. This will help you focus on what really makes you happy, the positive things in life, rather than focusing on the negative.
  • Pay a visit to Pinterest and go through all the wonderful images and quotes on the site. I’ve created a great #SelfLove board that I update often. Check it out daily, I promise it will leave you on a high note and make those bad days better.
  • Confide in someone or find a convenient way to vent your feelings. The reassuring feeling that you have got it out of your head may do the magic.
  • Sign up for a meditation class in your are as soon as possible. Positive meditation or yoga may have a positive impact on your mood.
  • Do you have some memorable occasions saved in your album? This is the time to go through them again. Rest assured that you will find funny moments that will drive your pain away.
  • Take a walk to the nearest public park. Enjoy the beautiful scenery. If you have a book with you or have an e-reader, sit on a bench and read your book. You’ll be in better spirits afterwards.
  • Don’t forget to drink water. Sometimes we forget to do the most basic and fundamental things that may assist us to function perfectly well physically, mentally, and emotionally. Drink enough water and you will see the impact.
  • If you are passionate about cooking or baking, find a new recipe and keep yourself busy. In no time, you will get over it the frump. While you’re at it, send some dinner over to my house.
  • Enjoy the medicinal value of laughter. Listen to your favorite comedy or a comedy podcast and laugh your heart out. The impact will be huge and positive.

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  • If you are an animal lover, take a walk with your pet or take your neighbor’s dog for a walk. If you are not in the mood for that, go online and read up whatever you can about your pet. The knowledge you find may give you something better to think about.
  • Why don’t you go for a shower? The warming or cooling effect of the water may lift up your spirit.
  • If you enjoy preparing your favorite cocktail, this is another opportunity to make it at home. All I need is a glass of my favorite Moscato to make me forget about the troubles of a bad day.
  • Do you have a fallow piece of land at home? Get out and get your hands dirty. When you are through with gardening, the next thing on your mind is to keep the garden in good condition that will be conducive to your plant.

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  • Let your frustration out subtly. Scream if you must. Punch your pillow. Throw it around. Do whatever you like with it until your mood is stable. When you are through, rearrange your room and experience the calming effect.
  • Try the holistic wellness approach. If there is a healing shop in your neighborhood, visit it. Offer to take a lesson in healing crystals, aura sprays, and ritual candles. The readiness to learn new things will make you forget your worries.
  • Play some games. If chess is your thing, go ahead with it. Play solitaire. Play video games if you are good at it. These activities will help you forget about your worries as they stimulate your mind without stressing you physically. My kids and I love to play Trouble and Hungry Hungry Hippo.
  • Do you have a theater or gallery in your neighborhood? If you do, create time to visit the gallery or theater. The beautiful atmosphere and art masterpieces will give you a unique experience.
  • Go to the movie and see a good movie. Rather than keep yourself holed in your room and feel moody, the theater will offer a relief. You will obviously connect with any of the characters and thus get over your mood.

These are some practical ways you can turn your mood around if you have a bad day. When you are through with any of the options you decide on, you will be in the right frame of mind to face tomorrow with optimism. That’s a good way to get over a bad day.

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  • Reply Tessa November 8, 2017 at 9:51 am

    These are some really great tips! I hate when I am having a bad day. Sometimes I just get in a funk and cannot get myself out. My favorite tip that you gave is taking your pet(s) for a walk or playing with them. My dogs sure know how to cheer me up when I need it!

  • Reply Sapphire Kharyzma November 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    What an amazing and therapeutic list. I hate bad days that just drag on. I will be utilizing your list to help me to cope and get over whatever is making me feel down. Thanks for sharing this, I love it!

  • Reply Corrie Napora November 9, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I usually like a good book. I put my headphones on and zone out to another “world” for a while. Also helping someone else helps me…. knowing that what I may have going one would be blessings to someone really going through a tough time .

  • Reply Jasmine November 9, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I love your 31 mantras! When I am having a bad day and I’m at work, because maybe that’s where it started lol, I always need something to read to bring me back. So thanks for the mantras.

  • Reply Sheila Carvell November 9, 2017 at 7:22 am

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  • Reply Ayana November 9, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Great post! When I am having a bad day I love to do Qi Gong. I have 10 minute routine that I do after work and I feel so relaxed and refreshed. After that I feel like I can be the best mom again!

  • Reply Ryan, @prettyRyan November 9, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I love the Pinterest idea. Never thought about that one. Thanks Jenell.

  • Reply Antionette Estis November 9, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Thank you for sharing a great list! This time of the year is difficult for me, so I value this list. I also try to find something that serves no other purpose than to be joyfully created by me and this helps my peace of mind. Blessings!

  • Reply Keziah Gibbons November 9, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I love to journal! It helps me to release my thoughts and it always makes me feel better! It’s even better when I am sitting in the park (on a nice sunny day) too! A good book also helps me as well. I can get lost in a good book! Great tips for overcoming a bad day!

  • Reply Victoria Smith November 9, 2017 at 8:36 am

    This post has iterally uplifted my spirit and gave me an abundance of courage to have better days. I’ve had a miscarriage last month so everyday since has been a bad day for me and a struggle. I’m believing in God to have better days and to turn my bad days into glorious days where I can enjoy life. I love how you listed suggestions of what to do when you’re having a bad day. I will do each one!


  • Reply Amy H November 9, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Those are a lot of great tips! I really think the hot shower is a good tip! I know if I’ve had a rough day a hot shower will wash the stress away. Pampering your self though always does make me feel better…. I can see a spa day coming up for me!

  • Reply Pri November 9, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I love baking…I’m so involved with the recipe I’m able to calm down and take a step back to see things clearly.

  • Reply Andria Hinton November 9, 2017 at 11:06 am

    You are a true inspiration! I’m comfortable with my natural hair now all I have to do is shed some pounds I watched u a few years ago and you did it with ease!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Censie Sawyer November 9, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I needed this yesterday. I was having a really crappy day! So many of these things are so easy to do and it makes sense that they would help someone have a better day My favorite thing to do is read a book. I need to remember to take time to do that.

  • Reply crystal allen November 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I usually call my mom when the going gets bad. She always lifts me right back up!

  • Reply sher November 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    these are great tips! i love the pinterest one and agree with crystal – calling mom always helps! love the complete list you put together.

  • Reply Carrie Miyake November 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Great suggestions, have to book mark this one so I can refer back to it on my next bad day. Thank you

  • Reply jules November 9, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    great ideas! usually i take a long bubble bath and watch one of my favorite comedy shows

  • Reply Toya November 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    A very thoughtful list…I needed to see this earlier today as I wanted to snatch a few of my coworkers! LOL Woosahhh 🙂


  • Reply johnnie bowers November 10, 2017 at 6:31 am

    When I am having a bad day and I’m at work, I count to 10 and go for a brisk walk to clear my mind!

  • Reply Elisha Martin November 11, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    When having a bad day i always like going for a quick walk while listening to some gospel
    Music, but nothing sad something upbeat and encouraging.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Karlyn Cruz November 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Wow! This is a great list and I know for a fact that all of us go through bad days at some point. Personally, I like to take a nap if I possibly could. Soemtimes even a 30 minute cat nap could recharge the day and turn aorund the bad vibes. At least I think it does.

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