The idea of waking up on the wrong side of the bed exists for a reason. Simple: because it happens. There are days, however, when you know it’s not just that. More than it being a bad day waiting to happen, the things dangling on your mind for days or weeks have finally caught up to you.
So for when the day isn’t all rainbows and unicorns or pink ponies, and for when the day feels wrong even before it begins, what do you do?
Stay in bed a little longer.
Unless you’re already running late for a meeting or something crucial, why not use an extra 10 or 15 minutes to laze away in bed a little longer. It might not change the course of the day or how you feel about it, but it might help you last through the day. And well, you’re going to need all the help that you can.
Filter the noise.
These days it’s so easy to get distracted with almost anything. It can be a television commercial, remembering what a friend said the other day, bad traffic, and so on. Noise isn’t just what goes in through the ears but also those that occupy space on your mind. Filter the noise, more so the mental noise and revel in the silence so you can try to process.
Talk it out.
It doesn’t have to be an extemporaneous speech of some sort and it doesn’t have to be directed at anyone. Sometimes, saying something to yourself is enough as this means you’ve acknowledged it and can now move forward addressing it. If that doesn’t help, share bits and pieces to a trusted friend and be open to receive another insight.
Drop being too hard on yourself.
Even the most laidback person is guilty of this. When you’re feeling shitty about your day, do yourself a favor and spare yourself by not being too hard on yourself. Indulge a bit. If you like brownies or ice cream, stop counting the calories. Believe that it will pass soon enough. And if it doesn’t, have faith that it will be over if you just hang in there.
Get lost in the music.
There is something therapeutic that comes with truly getting lost in the music and being deeply moved by it. Have you ever found yourself bopping your head or busting a move in the middle of a day’s monotony, and not caring about what other people would even think? If not, it’s high time to try for yourself.
Pull yourself up.
If you have friends or a strong support system, then well and good. If however you find yourself feeling alone then there really is no other option than to pull yourself up. That’s not to say you can’t wallow in sadness because you should, it’s part of the process. Just make sure you do something not to stay there. Like for example, cutting off anything or even anyone that weighs you down.