We all have bad days. Perhaps we get stuck in a traffic jam on our way to work, argue “energetically” with a grumpy colleague, or have a serious problem with a client delivery.
Whatever the reason, bad days are part of life. However, we can choose how we react to them.
One option is to dwell on the situation, and let our negative emotions persist throughout the day. But this is unpleasant, and there’s a good chance that our mood will spread to others. Instead, we can take the initiative and find ways to make a bad day better. This choice is empowering and positive, and it puts us in control of our actions and emotions.
Here are 10 ways to a bad day better…
1. Reach Out
Often, talking about what bothers you can release negative feelings. Your friend might also give you a different perspective – perhaps the problem isn’t so bad from her viewpoint!
2. Go for a Walk
3. Achieve a “Small Win”
How do you feel when you make good progress towards an important goal? You feel great, right?
4. Be Grateful
5. Schedule a Team Meal or Event
Doing something positive for others can make you feel better when you’ve had a bad day. One way to do this is to organize a group meal or event that your entire team can take part in.
6. Praise Yourself
7. Get Some Exercise
Research shows that exercising for as little as 10 to 20 minutes has a positive effect on mood.
8. Help Someone Else
9. List the Pros and Cons
No matter how bad your day is, there is usually a “silver lining.” This is why it can be useful to list the pros and cons of your situation.
Writing things down like this has a therapeutic effect, and it can greatly lower your stress levels. You’ll likely also find that there are more positives than negatives, once you think about what you can learn from the situation.
10. Put Things in Perspective