Unfortunately, bad days happen. Here are some positive things to remember when you’re feeling down.
The other day, I woke up feeling sad. I asked myself, “What’s the point in even trying?”
I can’t pinpoint the exact reason for my mood, but I’ve been dealing with a lot of life changes lately that have thrown me out of my usual routine. I just moved across the country, away from my family and friends in Florida. I’m happy I did it, but it’s been scary.
Anyway, I was in a bad mood, and I felt like everything sucked. After an hour of moping, I realized something… I am so fortunate.
Then, I started to think about all the things I’m grateful for—my family, friends, education, opportunities, skills… the list goes on. And I got a little angry at myself for taking all my blessings for granted, even if it was only for a short while.
It’s 100 percent normal to have bad days, get upset, and feel like the whole world is against you. To help those feelings subside, it’s important to focus on the positive and remind yourself of everything you have.
Also, there is a big difference between having a bad day and struggling with depression. If you feel like every day is a bad day or you have severe depressive thoughts, you should consider seeking help from a licensed mental health professional.
But if you just had a really bad day and need a pick-me-up, here are 10 positive things to remember:
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1. Tomorrow is a new day.
All bad days come to an end, and you should treat tomorrow as a new opportunity for happiness. I used to have trouble getting up in the mornings, but since I started viewing each day as an opportunity, I’m excited to wake up and get my morning started.
If you’ve had the worst workday ever and you feel completely defeated, just call it a day.
Go home, watch Netflix, eat some ice cream, and go to bed. Let the stress melt away and prepare yourself for the opportunities tomorrow will bring. Remember, happiness is a mindset, and it’s up to you to cultivate it.
2. All you can do is take it one step at a time.
Really bad days are overwhelming, especially if a lot of stressful things happen at once. Try to take a step back and process each event one at a time.
Now, take a breather. (You deserve it.) Remind yourself that everything is going to be okay.
If your bad day consists of many problems, solve them one at a time, starting with the easiest fix. You’ll feel weight lift off your shoulders after resolving each issue.
Breaking big problems into smaller parts is an effective strategy for reducing overwhelm.
3. Your mindset creates your reality.
If you’re in an “everything sucks” mindset, there’s a good chance that everything is going to suck.
Instead, adopt a positive mindset. That doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time. You are a human being. You’re going to feel a wide range of emotions throughout your life, including happiness, sadness, anger, stress, etc.
But when you’re in a positive mindset, you accept that your bad day is just a part of life, and you find ways to learn and grow from your experience. Ever heard that tough times build character? Well, it’s true.
On your absolutely terrible, horrible day, you are not required to be happy, but you should try to view it with a positive mindset. Remember that you got through the day, and you’re strong for it.
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4. You’re allowed to express yourself.
One of my favorite ways to lift my mood is to do something creative. Personally, I like to work on my blog!
I’ve gone through stages of my life where I’ve been emotionally closed off from people. I had a great support system, but I didn’t want to open up. In times when I felt like I couldn’t talk to people about my feelings, creativity was my outlet.
If you have trouble expressing your negative feelings, you should find a new creative hobby.
Here are some examples:
- Poetry writing
- Spoken word
- Fashion design
Check out a big list of creative hobbies here: 35 Creative Hobbies to Try
5. You shouldn’t worry about petty things.
Okay, so let’s say you messed up at work and your boss yelled at you.
If that happened to me, I’d go into the bathroom and cry like a 5-year-old. (I’m not very headstrong… haha)
But will it matter in a couple of years? Even if you remember the incident, it probably won’t affect your career long-term. It’s not worth it to mourn over small mistakes.
Every single successful person in the world has failed many, many, MANY times. Probably hundreds or thousands of times. So your little slip up at work doesn’t say anything about your potential. Just learn from it, move forward, and don’t make the same mistake again.
If you feel bad about a mistake you made, try to distract yourself by doing something that’s both fun and productive. For example, work on a passion project or write greeting cards to your loved ones.
Whatever you do, don’t dwell on the petty things.
6. Your uniqueness should be celebrated.
I know how it feels to not fit in. I wasn’t really a part of the “in crowd” when I was in school, if you know what I’m saying…
But I think it’s awesome that every single person on Earth is unique. When I look at it that way, I wonder why people try so hard to fit a certain mold or be “cool enough” for a certain social group.
If you feel like an outcast, try to change the way you think about yourself. Embrace your unique qualities and celebrate them!
(And just so you know, it doesn’t really matter what other people think anyway.)
7. Self-care is good for your soul.
One of the best remedies for a bad day is self-care. If you don’t currently practice self-care, it’s okay! We’ll get you caught up.
Self-care is the act of caring for your mind, body, and soul. You can practice self-care on bad days, good days, or whenever you want!
Here are some self-care tips to get you started:
- 60 Easy Self-Care Ideas for Everyday Life
- 30 Ways to Practice Self-Care in Under 30 Minutes
- 30 Fall Self-Care Ideas
- How to Plan the Perfect Mental Health Day
- How to Build Your Own Self-Care Routine
- 31 Self-Care Kit Ideas for Physical and Mental Wellness
8. You must be patient with yourself.
I’ll be honest—I get so impatient with myself at times, especially when it comes to my career and fitness goals. But I try to remind myself that major changes won’t happen overnight, and I must form consistent habits to see long-term results.
You need to be patient with yourself, too. If you make a small mistake, don’t stress. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t see any progress yet.
If you allow yourself to get discouraged, you’ll feel like giving up—and then there’s no way you’ll achieve your goals, right?
Patience is key.
9. You’re worthy of your dreams and goals.
You shouldn’t worry about dreaming big. You should worry about not dreaming big enough.
I spent the majority of my high school and college years doubting myself. I didn’t think I was smart enough, talented enough, or good enough for any of the dreams I had. I wasted opportunities because I didn’t believe in myself.
As an adult, I’m more self-aware. I know self-doubt is the thing that holds me back most in life. Now, I can prevent it from getting in the way of my aspirations.
So, whatever it is that you want to do—whether it’s to start a business, run a marathon, or win a Nobel Prize—stop the self-doubt the moment it starts. Instead of saying, “I can’t,” say “I can.”
If you don’t try, you won’t have any chance of succeeding. Don’t let yourself miss a great opportunity because you’re afraid of failure.
10. You belong in the world.
Many times, I’ve questioned where I belong or what my purpose is. (I think everyone wonders about this at some point!)
However, I rest assured that I have a place, even if I haven’t found it yet. You’ll eventually find your place, too.
Bad days can throw us to the ground and make us feel unwelcome in the world. When that happens, you have to remember your value.
The world needs your unique gifts and talents. If your job doesn’t appreciate you, find a different job. If your so-called “friends” bully you, ditch them.
Somewhere out there, there’s a place where you belong, and it’s full of people who will love and appreciate you for who you are.