An easy guide to keeping the blues away.
Bad days are unavoidable. It’s just not possible to have everything play out as you would like every single day (wouldn’t that be really boring, anyway?). Some days, you miss the bus first thing in the morning, arrive late at the office, make a major mistake at work, and then snap at a friend over dinner. By the end of the day, you’re just done. The next day couldn’t come sooner.
But you know what they say about life throwing you lemons. How we deal with the not-so-good days is what in turn affects our mood and outlook. Just because we got up from the wrong side of bed doesn’t mean we’re doomed to have a crappy day.
Here are some simple ways to counter the bad days:
1. Give Thanks for the Small Things
Compile a list of all the things you are thankful for in your life, be it big or small, like the smell of coffee in the morning or the amazing support group you have in your friends. We gain happiness from being grateful for what we have and not comparing ourselves to others.
2. Think Positive!
One positive thought every morning has the potential to transform your whole day. Even if you might not have had the best morning, come up with one positive thought (“things can only get better from here”) and hold on to it. Our thoughts influence our attitude and emotions, so change what you can control, and go about the day with a positive outlook. You might be surprised at how things change for the better!
3. Be Prepared
Start the night before. If you can get everything in order for the next day, half the battle is already won. Check your calendar and corresponding to-do lists. This might seem obsessive to some, but hey, Monica Geller from FRIENDS will tell you it pays off. Your day becomes more focused, and you can get started on achieving all that you set out to do right away.
4. Be Kind
Kindness has been proven to improve one’s mood, and it makes you think more about others instead of yourself. Be it random acts of kindness like complimenting someone’s outfit, holding open the door, or helping a colleague at work, or volunteering at the children’s home every week, being gracious to the people around you can bring about a positive impact to everyone’s lives. Plus, you’re accumulating good karma, so pay it forward!
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