We all have bad days it is just a part of life. The trick is to not get sucked into the day but rather own the day. I personally have a tendency to do the exact opposite as do a lot of us. Here are some tricks I have learned to own the day.
STEP #1: OWN YOUR EMOTIONS
When you realize that you own your emotions you will come to understand that you feel however you choose to feel. If you are irritated, angry or disgusted it is because you choose to feel that way. Knowing this also comes with the knowledge that if you are allowing someone to “make” you feel a way you do not want to feel then you are handing over control of how you feel to someone else. Take back and keep the deed to your emotions. They are your emotions and only you can make you feel a certain way.
STEP #2: AVOID NEGATIVITY
Misery loves company and isn’t very picky. Negative people are such a drain on all of us, but that’s only if we let them. The best way to do that is to avoid people who are being negative, as well as negative people all together (yes, there is a difference. We all understand who negative people are but we also know that everyone of us have those times when we are not as positive as we should be. When we come across those good people who are having their negative days avoid them until they burn off their negativity.)
STEP #3: DON’T FORECAST YOUR OWN NEGATIVITY
When your day starts off poorly don’t forecast your day as being a bad one. Statements like “I must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed!” or “It’s gonna be one of those days.” are ones you should avoid. If you are going to forecast your day forecast positivity and productivity.
STEP #4: HIT RESET
When a bad day rears its ugly head hit the reset button. Know that at anytime during the day you can take some time to reset your day and start over. Even if your day is well underway take some “me time” and get your day the way you want it to be.
STEP #5: WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?
Sometimes when things are not going our way we would do well to remind ourselves what we are grateful for. The saying “No matter how bad you have it someone in the world has it worse.” is one to live by. Keep a list of things you are thankful for and keep it updated.
STEP #6: PRAY/MEDITATE
Meditation is a great way to get in touch with yourself. Taking a few minutes to clear your mind and think about nothing (or positive thoughts) can make a bad day melt away. If you are a spiritual person like myself then prayer is the first thing I turn to when things are not going as I plan.
STEP #7: GET OUT OF YOURSELF
Make yourself useful to those who are less fortunate than yourself. If you have a problem coming up with a list of things you are grateful for, go to your local soup kitchen and volunteer. No doubt you will be grateful by the end of the day. It really doesn’t matter how you choose to help those less fortunate than yourself as long as you find something that you have a passion for.
STEP #8: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, LAUGH
We have all heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine.” It is very true. So when you find your day turning sour find something that will make you laugh or just laugh at your own misfortune. Why not? It couldn’t hurt.
There are many more ways to fix a bad day. If you have any additional methods please leave them in the comment section. Have a great day!