It’s okay, we all have them. Bad days are inevitable. Sometimes we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Sometimes we wake up in a good mood but something happens that throws us off. And sometimes the stress piles up to the point where it slowly sucks any amount of happiness and joy from our lives.
Life is simply too unpredictable. Bad days are going to happen, and there is no way of telling when they are going to happen. But the frequency of how often you experience a bad day is completely and entirely up to you.
If you are having a bad day – whether you woke up on the wrong side of the bed or something happened that caused your mood to take a dive – here are some tips that will help you to instantly boost your mood.
1. Go out of your way for others
You think I’m joking with this one, but I’m not. When you go out of your way for others and see a smile on their faces, it helps to also put a smile on your face as well. There is this rewarding feeling that you experience when you know that you are the reason for a smile on somebody else’s face.
Pick 3 people and 3 different acts of kindness. Holding the door open for somebody, complementing a random stranger, buying a coffee for the person behind you, etc. All of these are great examples of things that you can do to put a smile on somebody else’s face that will also help to instantly boost your mood.
2. Find your outlet
Thank God for my mom. I don’t really know what else to say.
Whenever I have an issue, I am comfortable enough in colling her up just to vent. I am able to talk through my feelings with someone who isn’t going to judge me and someone who is also going to provide some good insight into what I am feeling.
Find somebody who you are close to and somebody you are comfortable with, and just share your feelings. It doesn’t do you any good to bottle those emotions up inside of you. Let your emotions out, let others help you, and in turn, be there for others as well. Make sure it’s a two-way street, not just you venting your problems and not being there for others.
3. Spend some time doing your favorite activities
If you are feeling down on yourself and having a bad day, why not do some of the things that normally bring happiness and joy to your life? It’s a great way to get your mind off of whatever it is that’s eating at you.
One of my favorite things to do when I am feeling down or angry is to go workout. I will either go on a good long run, or I will head to the gym and lift some weights. Now I am not the strongest guy by any means, but it feels good to blow off some of that extra unwanted tension by getting in a good solid workout.
Take some time to write down some of your favorite hobbies and activities. Maybe your favorite thing to do is to practice yoga. Maybe it’s picking out a new book at your favorite book store. Maybe it’s heading to a mall and grabbing some new clothes. Maybe it’s just jumping in your car and going for a drive.
Keep this list in mind and remember it for the next time you are having a bad day. There are few better ways to combat a bad day than by doing the things you enjoy doing the most.
4. Write down some positive affirmations
What are some of the things that you like the most about yourself? What are some of your greatest accomplishments? How do you want to feel about yourself? Write down every single one of your responses.
The point of this is that when you are feeling down, one of the best ways to pick yourself up is by reaffirming some positive thoughts. The more you are able to think positive thoughts, especially when you are feeling down, the easier it is going to be for you to combat those negative thoughts when you do feel them.
5. Jam out to your favorite music
When I am angry, one of the things that helps me to blow off some steam is to jam out to music. Mix this with exercise and you have a combination that can’t be beaten.
Jamming out to your favorite music essentially does the same thing that exercise does – it helps you to get your body moving, and it helps to take your mind off of the thoughts that you are feeling.
Try it. The next time you are feeling angry, throw on some of your favorite pump-up music and get your body moving. The next time you are feeling sad, put on some of your favorite uplifting and cheerful music. You may be surprised by how much music can help to instantly boost your mood.
Good day, bad day, or anything in between, use these tips if you are just needing a little more brightness in your day. When you’re feeling down small acts of self-care can be surprisingly beneficial. Life is not going to always be easy, and nor should you want it to be. But things really can get better. Things really will get better. Always remember that.