7 Ways to Turn Around a Bad Day

May 1st, 2009 by Jane


It seems that there is a whole lot of yucky going on in the world right now and I know several people who have had some bad days
lately, myself included. My yoga training has taught me that I can change the course of the day by bringing awareness to any situation and focusing on what I can learn from it. Many times, though, I find it incredibly difficult to get to the point where I can be open to learning from challenges. So, here are a few things I do to re-center myself so that I can move past the yuck.

1. Breathe
I bring my attention to my breath and I try to feel as though it is moving through my whole body when I inhale. On the exhale, try letting go of negative feelings. Repeat.

2. Hydrate
Sometimes I stand in the kitchen and drink a cool glass of water. I don’t do anything else until I finish the entire glass. It is amazing to me how much my attitude can be affected by dehydration.

3. Eat Something Soothing
If you don’t feel better after drinking water, eat a little yogurt or something else soothing, but healthy. It is almost always hot where I live, so a cup of cool yogurt helps immensely. For you, it might be soup or something else.

4. Walk
I meet a couple of friends and we walk together four days a week. No matter what has happened during the day to any one of us, we feel so much better after endorphins are coursing through our bodies. 

5. Practice Gratitude
If you can bring an attitude of thankfulness to even the worst day, then you will not succumb to negativity. Gratitude neutralizes even the most dire situation. It may not solve your problem, but the issue will not seem like it could devour you.

6. Give In
On some days, the best you can do is just get through the day with as much grace as you are able to muster. Try not to make an ass of  yourself and then just go home. Turn off the phone, rent a few movies, crawl under a favorite blanket and eat popcorn. Drink a root beer and shut out the world for a few hours. In the morning, everything will seem better. This works for me and my family every time.

7. Long-Term Solution
If a series of bad experiences has led to a systemic problem with your attitude, then please turn your efforts to something constructive. Find a volunteer position helping people who are really struggling: your local food bank, the homeless shelter, a domestic violence shelter, the animal shelter, any shelter.  The cure for a life that has become a series of bad days is to reach outside yourself and offer what you can. After all, we’re all in this together (disclaimer: this video is a sweet motivational video for a youth sports team, however, I highly recommend a glass of spirits if you are of age.) Have a nice day!

2 Responses to “7 Ways to Turn Around a Bad Day”

  1. Laura Says:

    Love this post! I was reading it this morning and thinking about how many of those things I could do at once, right now! :)

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your dog Jane! When you are ready I would be happy to help you find a new friend for the family. Just let me know!!

    Hey, I need to check out the new Monument sometime soon. Lemme know if you wanna meet up!

  2. Ann Guidry Says:

    I just breathed. A lot. I’m now going to stand in the kitchen and drink a cool glass of water and think of how grateful I am to have you – and this blog – in my life.

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