I, for the most part, am a very happy, upbeat person. However, we all have those days where everything is just going wrong. Maybe you slam your head on the refrigerator door, the outfit you wanted to wear is in the laundry, you are all out of eggs, your puppy suddenly forgot she's potty trained, you stubbed your toe while brushing your teeth, and before you've even gotten out of the door you're just like OKAY, TODAY, I'M OVER YOU.
These days are rare, but I've had a couple of them recently (I think they really increase in frequency when skies are gray, which is daily in Seattle Fall). Case in point: I am usually really good about saving articles while I'm writing them but I was on a roll with today's article and when I was finishing up the last sentence of a GREAT off-the-cuff piece my computer crashed and I lost it ALL. So this is round two. I'm going to need to check a couple things off this list when I'm done writing. *clicks save again for good measure*
Any who, what better day to talk about these sorts of days other than Friday the 13th! Pretty sure today is famous for being just the worst. So, here are my tips for getting through days that are kind of just YUCK, and I've learned from experience they work! If you have any great tips, please share in the comments! Always looking for new ways to brighten up gray days!
1. Take a lap. Getting outside for a quick walk can seriously do wonders. Taking a deep breath, throwing some earbuds with a great audiobook or jam, and hitting the pavement for a brisk walk around the block can literally change everything. Even if it’s only 10 minutes, getting your blood pumping and that fresh air in your lungs feels soooo good. You might even pass a cute puppy on a walk and I mean you can’t be having a bad day while petting a puppy.
2. Change your scenery. I work from home, so if I’m having a Friday-the-13th kind of day, I turn things around by getting out of the house and going to a coffee shop. Just changing up your location can really change the mood, and getting in different sights and smells can turn your luck around.
3. Go workout! I know we hear this all the time: working out boosts mood, working out gives you endorphins, blah blah. It’s true — but let’s be real, it’s SO hard to do when you’re having a day that’s just YUCK. Trust me though, once you’re there and in it, you’ll be so grateful you did. Even just 5 minutes into a workout you’ll be like “Aaaahhhh thank you Lisa!” My favorite workout for these days is yoga because it is also calming and meditative.
4. Meditate. Meditation is seriously amazing. Whether it’s guided meditation or solo meditation, walking away from meditating really puts things into perspective and makes you feel just on track again. If you’ve never meditated before, try the Headspace app. It’s a great, convenient guided meditation guru.
5. Eat the damn chocolate. If you’re restricting your diet in any way and are having a rough day, I’m not suggesting you totally gorge and throw your plan and structure out the window, but you should give yourself a small treat and enjoy it mindfully. Chocolate has caffeine in it to boost energy and can give you endorphins so it’s sort of like magic.
6. Treat yoself. If possible, just walk away from the day for a couple hours. I know this is a luxury, but there was a day that was really a struggle from the get-go for me and you know what I did? I blew it off for two hours. I took a long lunch and quite literally “treated myself.” I got my nails done and did an at-home facial and enjoyed a delicious solo lunch of this amazing pasta that I never eat. I got back to work with a satisfied stomach, pretty nails, and refreshed skin — relaxed and ready to tackle the rest the day had to offer.
If these don't seem to work, try out my perspective exercise! If you have any other great go-tos, please share them in the comments! :)