Here are 4 things to remember when you’re having a bad day. It’s worth starting by admitting:
1. It’s bad.
Don’t kid yourself. It’s worthless trying to justify why it is infact a good day. It’s not. You know it’s a bad day. Owning and accepting it, in itself, allows for the possibility of turning things around.
The truth is it’s a bad day. That’s just fact. The deeper question is, why?
For this day to be bad you must have had an expectation of how the day was supposed to go, and it evidently did not pan out that way.
It’s natural in today society to have a certain level of expectation, unconsciously or consciously. And, for whatever reason, it’s gone all wrong.
That was not under your control. What is, however, is how you react, and what you do from here on.
There are two questions you could proceed with when you are fully aware you’re having a bad day:
“Why has this happened to me?”
“How am I going to fix this?”
One will lead you back to sanity. The other, to misery.
2. You could die tomorrow.
You probably won’t, but you could. And it’s worth keeping in mind.
No matter how dramatically miserable this day seems to appear, in the grand scheme of things it’s not too bad.
As grim as it may seem, sometimes perspective is vital. Your day is bad, but the entirety of your existence is not at stake.
Smile whilst you can see, dance whilst you can hear, love whilst you can feel.
One day you will not be able to do any of the above, and today shouldn’t be the day you forget that.
3. This could be the greatest gift
I wish the best answers weren’t so cliché, but unfortunately they often are.
If everything has gone upside down today, is this situation letting you know something that you keep deciding to ignore?
Question it. Another horrific day at work; is this the job you really want to be in the rest of your life? The lack of passion for this class; is this really the path of study you want to pursue? Raging continual arguments with someone close; has the long term future been taken into consideration?
Ignoring persistent unhappiness can only lead to disaster. What can you learn from this day that will help you go forward with greater clarity, a deeper understanding of yourself and more joy than ever before?
4. Bad days can always be made into good days.
Do one or more of the following things today:
I) Address what has happened, full on.
Work towards a resolution. Speak nothing of it’s negativity.
II) Smile. Walk. Dance. Be.
But do it all without this computer/phone with you.
III) Meet with a friend and talk it over.
Meet, not call.
IV) Watch this video: