WORK-LIFE BALANCE / NOV. 08, 2015
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8 Things to Keep in Mind When You're Having a Bad Day

You can wake up in the morning excited and ready to get your day started. Maybe you have big plans for the day. Whether you’re going to work, hanging out with your friends or taking care of stuff around the house, you look ahead with optimism. But unfortunately, it only takes one unexpected occurrence to completely ruin your day. Before you know it, you’re wishing for the day to be over.

See Also: 5 Blunt Things to Tell Yourself to Overcome a Bad Day 

A bad day can mess with your mind and leave you in a bad mood. But fortunately, there are ways to cope without losing your sanity and going off the deep end. It can be difficult to focus on the bright side when you’re in the middle of the worst day of your week, month or year. By keeping these eight factors in mind you can improve your outlook.

1. It's Only as Bad as You Think

Every bad day is different. Some days are only a little bad, whereas others are downright awful regardless of your mindset. If you’re having a “minor” bad day at home or work, it’s important to remember that the day is only as bad as you think.

Our minds are powerful, and the way we think and view a particular situation can shape our outlook. Understandably, your day is far from perfect, but it’s certainly not the end of the world. It doesn’t help when you’re constantly telling yourself it’s the worst day ever. This can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. On the other hand, if you tell yourself it’s going to be a good day despite any surprises, you might be able to pull yourself out of a funk. The day may not end as badly as you previously anticipated.

2. Tomorrow Will Be Better

Today might suck and you might be ready to strangle everyone in your presence. But before you go off, remember that everything you’re going through is temporary. In all likelihood, tomorrow will be ten times better. If not tomorrow, then maybe the upcoming days, weeks or months. It’s important to understand that most trials are short-lived.

3. You're Not Alone

If you’re having a bad day, you might be tempted to throw yourself a pity party and make it all about you. But at the end of the day, you’re not alone in the situation, so don’t make yourself a victim.

Everyone experiences bad days from time to time. And some people experience more bad days than good days. Put your situation in perspective instead of sitting around wallowing in self-pity. Brainstorm solutions to your problem. Sometimes, we can pull ourselves out of a bad mood by coming up with ways to solve an issue. If you can get to the root of what’s really bothering you and come up with a plan of attack, you may realize that your situation isn’t as terrible as previously thought.

4. Your Struggle Can Be a Learning Experience

In a perfect world, everyone’s day would go according to plan and we would never have setbacks. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. We will have trials, upsets, struggles and everything in between. Nobody likes to go through hard times, but regardless of how bad your day is going, there may be something you can learn from this experience.

You might initially feel paralyzed by what’s going on in your life. As you work to come up with a solution, your situation can help you become a more resilient person and also improve your problem-solving skills. You may not realize it now, but the next time you experience a similar issue, you might deal with situation much better. Additionally, you can take what you learned from this struggle and impart knowledge on others. In the future, a friend, colleague or relative may also endure a similar problem. You can draw from your previous experience and provide this person with support and comfort to help them get through.

5. There's Plenty to Be Grateful For

When life isn’t going according to plan, it’s easy to sit back and focus on all the negativity in your life. But if you really think about it, there’s probably more good in your life than bad. Even if your job or pay sucks, or you feel trapped or abused by your employer, maybe you have a strong support system at home and friends who have your back no matter what. You probably have other things to be happy for such as your health.

A bad day can consume your entire thinking and affect your mindset, but don’t let your present situation get the best of you. Sit back and meditate on everything you’re grateful for and the problems you’re dealing with might not seem as bad.

6. It's Okay to Be Emotional

If you’re at work, you don’t want to lose control of your emotions and start yelling or cursing at your coworkers. And you certainly don’t want to turn on the water works. However, it’s okay to be emotional about a bad day.

If you have to sit in your car or go to a private place to scream or cry, do it. Keeping your feelings bottled up inside can make you feel worse. Pent up emotions can result in irritation and increase your anxiety level. But once you let go of your emotions, you might be in a better emotional and mental state to deal with the issues of the day.

7. Ask for Help

You don’t have to be Superman or Superwoman. Maybe you’re having a bad day at work because you’re overwhelmed and your boss keeps adding new assignments to your to-do list. You don’t want to seem incompetent or unable to handle your workflow, but at the same time, you have to be realistic about your abilities.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and you’re on the verge of burnout, have a talk with your boss. The truth is, you can’t continue at this pace. You want to give your employer your absolute best, but this won’t happen if your physical, emotional and mental state is on the brink of collapse. If you’re a boss, maybe you can delegate assignments. If not, ask your boss to take a few items off your plate.

8. Bad Times Help Us Appreciate the Good

I get it, nobody wants to go through hard times and have a bad day. But the truth is, having a bad day can help you appreciate the good times in your life. There may be an aspect of your life that you’ve been taking for granted. There’s nothing like a terrible day to put things back in perspective.

See Also: Overcoming a Bad Day

Every day of your life won’t be picture-perfect. Some days you’ll feel on top of the world, and other days you’ll want to scream and hide from the world. Just know that no matter what you’re going through, it’s only temporary and things will improve. In the meantime, remembering the above eight points can provide strength as you wait for the clouds to pass for better days.

What about you? When you’re having a bad day, what do you think about to lift your spirits and keep a smile on your face?

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