Our newest contributor, Arin Agase, stops in to share her perspective on turning a bad day into something worth celebrating. As she points out, “It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.” Read her actionable tips below!
We all have “one of those days” from time to time. You know what I’m talking about—the no good, very bad day where nothing is going right, and you’re convinced that you should have never gotten out of bed! Bad days are inevitable; they’re going to happen whether we like it or not. But how we react to a bad day can determine the difference between doomsday, or recovery. As easy as it is to quit and write off the day, it’s better to take the appropriate steps needed to turn that day around! Remember—you’re in charge of your thoughts. Sure, this is easier said than done, but it’s also definitely worth a shot. Depending on what’s causing your series of unfortunate events, here are some steps to get you through that bad day in under 15 minutes. First: smile!
TAKE A SHOWER:
Time to soak away those sorrows! Really, a shower can help cleanse the negativity and increase energy levels. Not just any shower though. Start with warm water, and slowly turn the temperature as cold as you can for 20 seconds. Bring the temperature back up, and rotate for three to five minutes until you start to tolerate the fluctuation.
For those of you familiar with meditation, you already know the benefits of breathing exercises. It’s a great stress-reducing quality that can bring you back to a state of peace. If you’ve attended a yoga class, this is always the center of your practice. It brings you back to the moment, and allows you to focus on the present. Try to find a quiet location, then close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose for two seconds, hold for two seconds and exhale for another two seconds. This process allows your brain to note that everything is okay, and those panic signals will slowly fade.
LISTEN TO MUSIC:
Take a few minutes to groove to your favorite tune! Studies have actually proven that listening to music can alter your mood and decrease negative thoughts and depression. Tip: Choose positive, uplifting songs that bring you to happy-land. Bonus points if you sing along!
What are you grateful for today? Take a few moments to write down what makes you feel grateful in a journal (only you will see this). Physically writing down your thoughts will decrease the clutter and anger you’ve been grasping onto. This will help bring your mind to a positive state and bring you that much closer to getting out of your slump! Keep this journal nearby so you’ll see it often. Bad day, we own you.
Sometimes, social media is a curse. I’ve learned to limit my time online because I tend to compare myself all too often! Limit your exposure throughout the day, and remember that people generally share their “highlight reel”— they don’t often share the yucky moments.
Social media can be a curse, but it also can be a blessing. Personally, I love using Pinterest to find inspiration, and read uplifting messages. I gravitate toward this board during those yucky days! It’s like yoga for the brain—so much beautiful imagery, so little time.
Words and photo by Arin Agase