How to Deal with Bad Days
Bad days are inevitable. They’re hard to prepare for, and even harder to experience, but yet they’re still inevitable. If you want to curve your bad day, then you have to identify calming methods that work for you.
Skip the junk food
Did you know that what you’re eating can have a direct effect on your mental state? Increased caffeine and sugar intake can cause jitters, rapid heart rate, anxiety, and depression! If you feel like you’re having a bad day, then try to increase your water intake. Many opt for emotional eating to recover from their bad days, but that can actually make things worse. Skip the processed and high sugar foods. Instead, eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish. Put good things in your body, and you will get good things from your body!
Take the long way home
A second option for dealing with your bad day is to exercise. If you’re not an incredibly active person, then opt for a short walk down the block. You don’t have to run a marathon for it to be considered exercise. Exercising outside gives you a space to clear your head and get some fresh air.
Early bedtime for you
The work will be there when you wake up. If you’re having an overly emotional day, then you need to let yourself rest. You can’t complete your best work when you’re anxious and running low on motivation. Set the work aside and allow yourself to close your eyes. Studies have shown that 90-minutes is the perfect amount of time for a nap because it is the average length of a full sleep cycle. Don’t avoid the nap just because you don’t have 90 minutes. A recovery period is important whether it is a 30-minute cat nap or a 90 minute snooze!
Quick calming methods
If you’re running on a tight schedule there are still quick calming methods. Eat your lunch outside. Take a five-minute stretch break. Write down five things you love about your life. Look at a picture of someone you love. Change your workspace (move to a new area, rearrange, etc.) Splash cool water on your face. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. These quick calming methods can help remind you that there are a number of things in your life to be proud of.
Don’t apologize for your self-care. Self-care is imperative.
How are you going to deal with your bad days? Are you going to be active and overcome, or are you going to let the bad days take over? Choose the latter! Live healthy and happy by taking hold of your life.