What to Do When You're Having a Bad Day

Sometimes things happen that can completely de-rail your day. You think you're happily going along your routine when WHAM - you're hit with an unexpected complication, problem as a result of your mistake or someone else's mistake. Or it's just a random piece of horrible luck. Trust me, I've been there and I have a few tips to help prevent you from ruining your entire day when something goes wrong. 

TAKE A DEEP BREATH

No, really. Even if you feel like taking a second will mean the world will fall apart. Take a breath, count to 10...or maybe 100 depending on the situation. By that time, your adrenaline/anxiety will start to leave your body and you'll be able to see more clearly. You'll be able to put things in perspective. That doesn't mean it will stop worrying, hurting or troubling you but now you'll be able to see that it's not the end of the world. 

DON'T TAKE IT TO HEART

Even if it is 100% your fault, you're not defined by your problems or mistakes! Remind yourself of that. We're all allowed to mess up - whether it's you or someone else. Keep the "best friend" rule in mind. If your best friend was in this situation, what would you say to him/her? You probably wouldn't be as mean or think as apocalyptic thoughts. 

DO SOMETHING NICE FOR YOURSELF

This is the time to turn on that girl power music (cue Kelly Clarkson) and to sing along. Music is proven to improve your mood and a small dose of empowerment doesn't hurt. Also, make sure to schedule something nice for yourself later on in the day, even if it's just that you get to eat an extra piece of chocolate in bed. Whatever it is, you deserve it and it's nice to remind yourself of that after a setback. 

Here's my bad day playlist - make your own with your favorites!