Nobody wakes up and hopes for a bad day. But life happens sometimes and we find ourselves dealing with a bad day.
However, having a bad day is not as important as knowing what to do to get over the bad day.
Below are 30 self-care ideas to get over a bad day:
30 SELF-CARE IDEAS FOR A BAD DAY
#1 Encourage yourself
Tell yourself that tomorrow will be better, and it’s one of those days. If you don’t encourage yourself, who will?
Probably others will, but do it first.
#2 Play relaxing music
Music has been discovered to influence moods greatly. Listen to songs that could elevate your mood, and not further depress it.
#3 Rant to a friend, your partner or anyone that listens to you without being judgemental
This works for me and my bestie, even though we are oceans apart from each other.
It’s funny how we do it.
Sometimes, either of us calls and say, “I feel like breaking someone’s head right now.” OR “You know what? I’m just tired of everything.” OR “Today wasn’t funny at all. I suffered….”
We talk or chat, and feel better afterwards.
#4 Take a walk
Walking and breathing in fresh air could make you relax and help you to clear your thoughts.
Running, just like walking could offer some relief and clarity.
#6 Watch movies
Watching a movie that makes you feel good such as a romantic comedy could help you relax and deal with a bad day.
You could sleep off a tough day and feel better when you wake up.
#8 Read a book
If you’re a book lover like me, reading an interesting book could make you feel better after a bad day.
Crying is not a sign of weakness. It’s better to let it all out than to bottle up your unpleasant emotions.
#10 Watch comedy skits
Watching funny videos could help you laugh off a bad day.
If you’re a Christian, praying is a great way to handle a bad day. Talking to God about your day will bring an unexplainable peace into your heart.
You don’t need to have a good voice to sing. You’re not performing for others, you’re singing to express yourself. Singing could make you feel better.
#13 Go through your phone gallery
If you’re someone who saves a lot of funny memes and pictures on the phone like me, you could have a good time going through your gallery after a really bad day.
#14 Think of the good things about the day
No matter how bad a day is, there’ll always be something good about it, no matter how simple.
It could be your beautiful outfit, someone you bumped into, a deadline you met, an idea that crossed your mind, a delicious meal you ate, your smile that made someone’s day….
#15 Take a Shower
A cold or warm shower depending on the weather condition could help you calm down.
#16 Learn from the day
What made the day bad? What went wrong? Learn from it to prevent a recurrence.
Cuddling your spouse after a bad day is such a great way to relax!
#18 Focus on the things you’re grateful for
It’s easy to generalize when you have a bad day. It’s easy to think that your life is a mess because you had a bad day.
Don’t generalize on your life based on a single bad day. A bad day is not the same as a bad life.
Focus on the things you’re grateful for- good health, family, job, children, your strengths etc.
There’s always something to be grateful for.
#19 Fill your diary
Expressing your feelings through writing about the day could be cathartic.
# 20 Practice your favourite sport(s)
I have a friend whose way of dealing with a bad day is going to the stadium to practice her sporting activities.
If you are into sports, this could help you feel better.
#21 Eat comfort food(s)
Cook or order your comfort food(s). This helps greatly!
#22 Online (window) shopping
Buying something for yourself online or just viewing them is a way some people deal with a bad day.
If you fall into this category, do you!
But don’t become a shopaholic in the process. Let’s hope you don’t have too many bad days.
#23 Listen to motivational podcasts
Listening to podcasts that are related to your experiences will help you to see things from a different perspective.
As a practising Christian, I opt for messages. And I feel so much better after listening.
#24 Hang out with friends
Being in the company of your friends could help you get over a bad day.
#25 Positive affirmations
There’s power in spoken words. Confess positive things about yourself and about the day and even about the next day.
#26 Do ‘it’ with your spouse
Oh yeah. Enjoying intimacy with your spouse could help you to feel better. Orgasms release relaxing hormones and make you feel better.
#27 Have a drink
Sipping a cold/hot drink in a calm environment could go a long way to calm you.
#28 Go swimming
If you know how to swim, swimming is a great way to relax after a rough day.
#29 Play your favourite games
I love playing scrabble a lot. Playing a game you love could make you feel better.
#30 Go for therapy
If you’re frequently having a bad day, maybe you need to get some professional help.
Maybe the problem is with how you respond to situations.
I hope these tips will help you to feel better whenever you have a bad day.