How to Turn Around a Bad Day
By Sara Butler
Sometimes, days go from bad to worse. The worst thing about a bad day is how it can totally tank your mood and cause emotional upheaval. Well, you can’t make bad days go away for good, but you can learn how to make them better – or at least keep them from getting worse! Here’s how to manage your feelings to keep bad days from spinning out of control.
Embrace Your Mood
It may sound a bit counterintuitive, but by accepting the fact that things are bad you are actually taking a step in the right direction. Doing this can actually make the negative perception go away faster, according to psychologists at the University of Denver. Acknowledge where you are and accept it instead of trying to change how you’re feeling.
Tackle a Task
There are actually quite a few things that can be done when in a bad mood. In fact, there’s research that suggests that sad people perform better in detail-oriented tasks and can negotiate more effectively than happy people. Go figure, right?
So, put those negative emotions to good use by using them to tackle some tasks that have been on your to-do list for a while.
Think About the Part You’ve Played
Go over the events of the day and think about what you did or didn’t do as things started to go wrong. It could be that the day tanked because you weren’t as organized as you needed to be or weren’t using available resources wisely.
Try to stay away from too much self-blame, though. The key to this exercise is to think about what happened without actually beating yourself up for it. That can be tough to do when in a bad mood, but if you can think about what to do differently the next time, it will help. You have control over your life, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.
This one can take some practice since it’s difficult to find gratitude when you’re feeling beaten down by the world. But it will help to make a list of the things you feel thankful for and it doesn’t even have to be something big. If your favorite song was played on the radio on the way home, that should be counted!
The point is, bad days happen but they shouldn’t rule your life. There are things you can do to avoid the same problems in the future if you’re willing to look a little closer.
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