Bad days suck. From the minute you wake up, the energy just feels different. Everyone seems distant. Communication is distorted. I thoroughly dislike bad days, but unfortunately everyone has them from time to time. Maybe more frequently than they’d like.
This winter has finally caught up to me. Even though the days are getting longer, it has been harder than normal to stay optimistic. Everything just ends up piling up on top of you until you are smothered under the weight of all the shit that needs done. And the worst thing of all is when you try your best to remain neutral in social settings and people end up being rude or unkind to you anyways. Like, can’t you see I’m trying here? Can’t you see that everyone is having a difficult time with things today?
I’ve been having trouble writing this week. All of my story plots suddenly looked transparent to me, like paper houses easily blown down by the smallest long winded criticism. I have started feeling like a fraud in my own life, like I shouldn’t even try to be a published author. I could keep this to myself and wait until I feel motivated again, but I want to share this with you all, because I know everyone has bad days, and maybe this will comfort you just a little bit. You are not alone! And it’s ok to have bad days!
So to combat these feelings of negativity, I have compiled a small list of activities that make me feel better. Just because the day starts out bad (or continues to be bad), doesn’t mean it will end bad, or that it will turn into a bad week. Sometimes the creativity just doesn’t flow, and the first step to fixing a bad day is realizing that this is ok!
“Nothing in nature blooms all year. Be patient with yourself.” – Karen Salmansohn
Here’s what I like to do when I’m feeling down:
- Eat chocolate
- Eat comfort food
- Close your eyes and focus for one minute on your breathing
- Think of your favorite person. It will make you smile. Trust me.
- Journal it out
- Share your thoughts with a friend
- Call your mom
- Watch The Office
- Wear your favorite dress around the house
- Take a nap
- Take a bubble bath
- Plan a vacation
- Research something new
- Pull some tarot cards
- Watch funny vine videos
- Make a to-do list
- Avoid everyone. Sometimes this is good. Other times it only makes it worse.
- Stop thinking about the stressor (for me, this week, it’s writing)
- Do some yoga (intense stretch, much relax)
I plan on doing two or three of these tonight. What are some of your go-to’s when you are feeling down? We’d love to hear new suggestions!
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Take care, friends!