As someone who really takes the time to appreciate little moments, sweet gestures, time spent with friends and perfect afternoon sunlight, I find that it’s easy to be happy most days. There are days though, like the one I had recently, that are just plain bad. It happens. We wake up on the wrong side of the bed, we are suddenly clumsier than usual, people decide to drive slower than ever for no explicable reason. Our patience is tested on days like these and if you’re like me, it’s a test failed.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I believe in letting good find you and being open to letting it in. Which can be difficult when you’re having an off day. It’s so much easier to remain grouchy for the entire day and curl up on the couch with a ton of junk food, but that really does make me feel worse. I wake up the next day, sick from the late night binge and then yet another day begins on a bad note. For this reason, I try very hard to remedy my bad days. I let myself cry if I need to cry, I go for a run if I think that will help quell the anxiety, I cook myself a delicious meal (or if cooking sounds miserable, I’ll order out) and I slip into a hot bath with a glass of wine and good-for-your-soul music (like Etta James or Louis Armstrong). Before long, I’m feeling better and my crumby day becomes a thing of the past.
5 Ways To Remedy A Crumby Day
1. Want to feel better fast? Scroll through pictures on your phone. It will instantly take you out the here and now and remind you that your life is awesome and that you are loved, special and more than this moment.
2. Take a hike!
(Or a walk around your neighborhood, go for a jog with your dog in the park, or drive to the beach and walk along the sand) Just get outside and do some light exercise. Get moving, take a long deep breath of fresh air and though it might be difficult, take a moment to be grateful for something. You’ll feel so much better, but don’t take my word for it….”Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy…” – the ever fabulous, Elle Woods
3. Get some Alone Time In
If you have kids, ask your partner to take them to dinner and a movie. If you have roommates, tell them you’re having a rough day and need some alone time. Close your door, turn off your phone and relax for a while. Finding time alone when you’re having a bad day is important because the feeling that one more person needs something from you can be unbearable when you’re at your wits end. You can’t be useful to others when you feel like that, so take some time to rest and recharge before re-entering the real world.
4. Make yourself dinner. I like to make myself something that is both healthy and comforting. Mexican food is a great way to do that because it’s delicious and satisfying but also easy to lighten up.
I made these tilapia tacos after a very long day, paired with a cold beer and followed by a relaxing bath. I went to bed feeling calm, peaceful and taken care of.
5. Last but not least, the bubble bath.
You must have candles, dim lighting, good music and (at the very least) a cold glass of ice water.
I always put a little Neutregena Body Oil in my baths so that the warm water doesn’t dry out my skin. A put a bit more on before toweling off and follow with a rich, great smelling body butter before putting on some comfy pajamas and getting into bed.
I wake up soft, well rested and ready to make the day better than the last.
How do you remedy a bad day? Let me know in the comments below!