Turning a Bad Day Around

It’s been a horrible, no good, very bad day…

My mom says some days are like that.

You know the kind of days that I’m talking about. You arrived late to class, your coffee was somehow burnt and watered down at the same time, your group presentation is due soon and none of your team members are talking, and to top it all off your schedule is jam packed.

We’ve all been there.

I’ve been very grateful that my year has been going seamlessly. No complaints… until today. Nothing downright horrible happened, but it was enough that by 11 AM I had decided that it was just going to be a crappy day. And I know that’s not the way to look at things. So instead of wallowing in my mediocre bad day, I brewed myself a fresh cup of coffee, sat down, and decided to write down exactly how to avoid letting this day go to waste. Below I shared just what I did and if it worked.


Write down the bad and the good

First things first, I held myself a pity party for one. I took out a sheet of paper and divided it into two parts:

  1. I’m going to write down every crappy thing that has happened to me today so far
  2. To counter that, I am forcing myself to find the good parts of the day

I know, it sounds pretty bias doesn’t it. Well that’s okay. On the right I got all that negativity out on paper. No need to complain to a friend who I’m sure rather not listen to me go on and on. It’s out of my brain and out onto paper. The left side held all the  positivity I encountered. Everything from “I’m currently wearing a fuzzy sweater” to “I got an email saying I made the dean’s list today.” Even if I had to think hard to come up with more good events than bad, I still managed to find the good in the day.

Focus on the good

After I wrote my list, I went ahead and gently ripped it down the middle. Now I had the bad list and the good list in two different hands. Swiftly I crumpled up the list of negatives and threw it in the trash. Dramatic, I know I know. But it was an action that I could literally take against the day to commit to only looking at the good. Yes I have deadlines hanging over my head, but can I fix them now? No. You got to do what you got to do!

Make others happy

I was texting with my brother today and we were both talking about how we get paid minimum wage at work and how it would be nice to have some extra spending cash. Even if it meant just buying a candy bar at the vending machine and not feeling guilty! As a surprise I sent him five bucks electronically and made him promise to spend it on candy for himself. It was a small action, but that kindness to him reverberated into me and made me feel good about myself. Making other happy really can improve your own happiness.

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Treat yo’ self

And of course, my favorite way to kill a bad day is to treat yourself. I often wait until I’m having a really good day to treat myself to a bath or a night in watching YouTube videos. But, what I’m realizing is that it doesn’t always have to be that way. Something small like a second cup of coffee during the afternoon dip might be just what you need.

Release those endorphin’s

I was running like a chicken with my head cut off until 8:00 pm. Yes, I could go home and curl up in bed to end the day faster. But I decided to drag my sorry self to the gym and get 30 minutes of exercise in. 45 minutes later, my body was so grateful that I decided to go to the gym and reward it after a long day.

So yeah, you could have a horrible, no good, very bad day. Or, you could do you very best to turn it all around.

Leave a comment telling me how you turn a bad day around. Here’s to living our best lives!

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