We’ve all had bad days. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed and, usually, this rotten attitude transfers to the rest of your day. Now, your hair looks bad, you’re running late to class, you brought the wrong textbook, and there are no parking spaces.
While it may feel like this first hour or two have set the tone for the rest of your day, you don’t have to let that be the case. The next time you’re having a bad day, use these four tips to help pull you out of that slump.
Take a moment to clear your head
On days like this, it’s likely that you’ve been rushing around trying to get everything done. After only a few hours, you probably already feel frazzled, overwhelmed, and done with the day. When you start to feel this way, try to take a moment to yourself to clear your head.
Go to the bathroom and sit in an empty stall or go sit in your car. Use this time to focus on the moment and breathe; don’t worry about all of the other things you need to do. When you’re done, you should feel calmer and your head should be a little clearer.
Treat a friend to coffee
When you do something nice for a friend, you feel good in return. During your break or lunch hour, take 15 minutes to buy coffee for you and a friend. Seeing your friend’s face when you say “it’s on me” will be a bright spot in all of that gloom. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for both of you to take some time to vent about how your days have been going.
Listen to your favorite song
Music has the power to completely alter your mood. When you’re having a bad day, take three minutes to pull out your headphones and listen to your favorite jam. You can do it on your morning commute, the walk between classes, a break at work, lunch, or even a trip to the bathroom. If you have the time, listen to it more than once. You’ll feel your mood immediately lighten when the song takes your mind off of your troubles and gives you a chance to focus on something positive.
Remember it’s only one day
The worst thing you can do during a bad day is think that it means you have a bad life. A bad day just means that you’ve been stuck with about 18 hours of bad luck. At the end of it all, you’ll be able to go to bed and start over with a fresh day. When you wake up feeling refreshed, you’ll wonder why you were so bothered about the little things in the first place.
When you’re trapped in a bad day, just remember that you’ll have another opportunity tomorrow to have a good one.