Don’t you wish that we never had to experience bad days? However, we all know there is no such thing as a perfect life. It can be really hard when we experience those days when things just don’t go the way we want them to. What’s even worse are those days when it feels like everything is falling apart around us. When I was younger and this happened, I always ended up feeling frustrated, and sometimes I even had the feeling that I was a failure. It affected me and the people around me. It is great though that as we grow older, we also become wise with age, and we learn how to deal with bad days much better.
I love this quote from Dennis Brown,“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” I have learned that it is really a matter of our attitude and how we look at our situation that matters. Imagine yourself waking up and thinking, “Wow, today is going to be a great day!” Then as the day progresses, things start to fall apart. In those moments, you have a choice to feel down and to be depressed, or to try to make something good out of that day. I know it is easier said than done, but believe me, it will help if you choose to be more positive. Here are some tips that I hope will help turn your next bad day into a good one.
1. Don’t dwell on the situation - Usually bad days seem never ending, but that is because we tend to dwell on the situation and repeat it over and over in our minds. Just let go and face the problem head on.
2. Don’t let negativity set in – One of the things I do is try to look at the silver lining in the situation that I am in, like a rainbow after a storm. I try not to let negativity set in.
3. Talk with a friend – When things get really bad, I try to take a moment and discuss my situation with a friend. It usually helps me get the bad feelings out, especially if the situation makes me mad or angry. Keeping it bottled up inside is not good. We usually tend to bottle it in, but then when we can’t hold it in anymore, we let it out by saying hurtful words that we can never fully take back.
4. Remember how you dealt with a similar situation - Looking back at how we overcame similar problems or bad situations in the past can help us deal with what is happening now. Draw strength from what you have gone through before. You survived that, and you will survive this.
5. Breathe and move on - When situations become really bad for me, I usually take some time and go for a walk, breath a little, and move on. Taking time by yourself to think and allow the day to end peacefully usually helps a lot. Sometimes it’s easier to tackle the problem the next day with renewed strength and enthusiasm.
Maybe you have some additional tips you can share with us. We would love to hear from you!
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