Lately I have seen quite some posts on how to get out of a funk when you’re having a bad day. I’ve read a lot of them and tried all the tips and tricks everyone is so kind to share, but came to the conclusion that they didn’t work, at least not for me. So today I’d like to offer you a different perspective on dealing with a bad day and tell you how I’m trying to have the best bad days.
Because lets be honest we all have them. Those days where we don’t want to leave our bed, don’t want to talk to anyone and stay in our most comfy unflattering clothes all day. Those days where you swing from not eating anything for hours to binge eating everything you can grab a hold off. So what do we do about it? We feel guilty, try to do everything to change our moods, try to “look on the positive side” and a lot of times it actually does help to go outside and have some fresh air and a cup of coffee. But sometimes, that just does not do the trick and we’re left feeling even worse. So here’s what I do on those really “bad days”:
1| Stop guilt-tripping on myself. Its okay to have a completely crappy useless day and I don’t have to feel guilty about it. When I notice today is going to be one of those days I try not to fight it and allow myself some time to “wallow”.
2| Turn off social media for the day. Its just too much input and pressure to deal with & shutting it down for a day feels so liberating, it really helps.
3| Listen to my body. When I feel like I need a nap at the most random moment, I take one. Feel like eating a whole watermelon with a side of cheese cubes? Then I will. And again, I try to now allow myself to feel guilty about it because apparently its what I need at that moment.
4| Embrace how I feel. I’m not one to cry in public and generally try to keep up happy appearances but on down days I try to embrace how I feel and just get it all out. If that means yelling in a pillow, so be it. If it means I need to marathon watch sad movies, cry a bunch and not talk to anyone, so be it. And if it means you want to talk to your mom or best friends for hours then go and rant.
5| Go to bed early. Here’s what normally happens: I stay up until way too late feeling guilty about not having had a productive day. Then I wake up the next day late and tired which results in frustration because a second day will go by unproductively. So instead of this vicious circle, I go to bed early so I can be energized and make most of the next day (it also makes you bad-day shorter so its a win-win situation really).
Obviously this is not a way to deal with every not so great day, but on days that just feel absolutely horrible I found that its best to just let it be and get all of the sadness/madness out so that you’re ready to start fresh the next day without any built up frustrations. Though putting five steps in a posts makes it seem like its simple, I honestly struggle with it a lot & if you do too I hope you know you’re definitely not the only one. We don’t always have to be happy & preppy, even though a lot of us think we do (me included) & its just not a healthy way of treating yourself. I hope this post helps a bit, but if you have some other tips or thoughts please do share them in the comments section below, I’d really appreciate it!