While I try my hardest to live by the “no bad days” philosophy, of course there are days (sometimes even several in a row) where I find myself feeling sluggish, moody, or just lower than my usual self.
I think the most important thing not to do during one of these mini “slumps” is to dwell on it, but here’s a few other things that help me tremendously when I just can’t shake a bad day.
Make your bed, put on a load of laundry, wash any dirty dishes, or do a quick declutter around the house. Every time I have an “off” day at work, the first thing I like to do when I get home is a little tidying up. Having a clean, uncluttered space instantly makes me feel refreshed and at ease. Sometimes, I’ll even tackle something that’s on my list of looming to-dos, like filing bills/receipts or cleaning out the fridge. Productivity gives me life!
Write it down.
You know that old advice that tells you to write a letter to whoever (or whatever)’s bothering you, but don’t send it? It really works. Venting your frustrations out on paper (or screen) is actually a very satisfying way to get things off your chest. Since no one is going to read it, let your words flow to however you’re feeling (curse words optional). Once you feel a sense of relief, crumple up that piece of paper, or press delete. Out of sight, out of mind.
I’m a firm believer that a dose of sunshine and nature is the cure for anything. Our bodies literally convert sunlight directly to vitamin D in as little as 15 minutes of sun exposure, and spending time in nature is stress relief in its most natural form. It has even been scientifically proven that the Japanese practice called “forest-bathing” improves overall health. Take a stroll around the neighbourhood, bring your favourite book to the park, or go somewhere that makes your soul happy. My favourite place is anywhere near the ocean, so I’ll often just sit by the water if I need to clear my head (forever thankful to live on an island).
Do something just for you; maybe something that you wouldn’t normally do. Pamper yourself with a hot bath and a face mask, use the fancy China you’ve been holding onto for a special occasion, or try out that comfort food recipe you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. I love treating myself with something sweet (and maybe a tad over budget) that I wouldn’t normally buy at the grocery store. These dairy-free ice cream bars have absolutely been my saving grace more than once, or I’ll pick up a fresh bouquet of my favourite flowers.
Try to remember that things could always, always be worse. If you’ve never thought about making a gratitude list, now’s a good time to try. It always surprises me how much of an instant mood boost it is to stop and think about the things I’m thankful for (because there’s always something).
Remember that there’s a new day around the corner and there’s always something to look forward to tomorrow, even if it’s something small. Bad days are a normal part of this crazy thing we call life, and it’s important to focus on a positive rebound rather than letting one bad day determine the rest of your week. I hope these tips help if you’re in need of a little mood boost!
And if all else fails, crank up a happy playlist and dance like crazy around the house. Trust me, that works every time. 😉