We all have bad days. No one is immune to them. Whatever problems you are experiencing whether it is personal, work related or anything else, we can all use a little help in getting through it. Just know you are not alone! I like to think of myself as a positive person and I am generally happy, however I do suffer from anxiety. Millions of people around the world suffer from this, and if you are one of those people you will know how debilitating it can be. I won’t go into much detail of how bad it has gotten for me but just know that I have been through some pretty rough days and even then, I have always come out the other side just fine! What I have learnt, and something that I tell myself when I’m having a bad day or suffering from anxiety, is that it will pass, and it always has. I hope these tips can help you in some way, they have definitely worked for me.
1. Watch a funny YouTube video, TV show or movie.
I always have TV shows/movies on hand that I know will make me feel better. You should to. If we are feeling low, what better way to snap out of it than watching funny skits or people making fools of themselves (all in good fun). Funny shows I like to watch are: Tosh.O, Ridiculousness, and on YouTube/Facebook a guy named Cian Twomey. Seriously look him up, he is hilarious!
2. Have a shower.
Usually when I’m upset or have anxiety, I can’t be bothered getting in the shower, however I have included this tip in here because it really does help! It’s almost like you are “washing” away negative energy and starting again.
3. Listen to music.
Music evokes many types of emotions for us, so find something to listen to that reminds you of happy times. For me its some good old 90’s hits. Spice Girls anyone? 😂
4. Get out in nature.
You don’t have to go for a run or go for a long walk in the woods to reap the benefits of being immersed in nature. You can just go outside, get some fresh air and if you can, find some grass and walk or sit barefoot in it. This has many health benefits such as reducing inflammation and stress levels, and also stimulates circulation. If you want to read more about the theory behind this, click here. This has worked for me personally, both physically (headaches, toothaches, joint/muscle pain) and mentally.
5. Have a good cry.
Sometimes you just need to let your emotions out, especially if they have been building up for a while. I always feel better after a good cry, and I’m not ashamed of it (even if I should be haha)!
6. Sit down and ask yourself what the problem is.
I really believe you are able to figure out how to fix a problem or just make yourself feel a bit calmer by taking a moment to yourself and asking why you feel this way. Is it really as bad as it seems? Usually I just need to remind myself to get a grip and that it is never as bad as it seems. Someone once told me to think of the worst case scenario and then the best case scenario to a particular situation, and while we usually assume the worst, it will most likely always be somewhere in the middle. This has been such so comforting for me.
7. Talk to someone.
If you are not able to talk to someone, then write down what you’re feeling. Either way, just being able to express what we feel is a much needed release we can benefit from. Also, if you are able to talk to someone in person, give them a hug, it releases feel-good endorphins!
8. If all that fails, sleep it off.
Sometimes we just need to cut our losses and call it a day. This happened to me the other week, I was having such a bad day and I was totally losing my sh*t and no matter what I did I just couldn’t calm down. So I put on one of my favourite shows (The Big Bang Theory), got into bed at 7pm, and fell asleep not long after. I felt so much better the next day and was able to get on with life as normal 😝 haha.
Don’t forget that it is completely normal to not be okay sometimes. We just have to remember that the bad day or feeling will pass and you will come out okay! Thanks for reading, please feel free to add any more tips that have helped you.