Bad Day - 20 ideas to make things better
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Bad Day – 20 ideas to make things better

We’ve all been there, sometimes you are just have a bad day. It can be a bad day where 1 thing goes wrong. It could be a day where EVERYTHING seems to go wrong. It could be the dread of worry that makes everything seem bad, even if that’s really not reality. This Bad Day – 20 ideas to make things better list can help you to find a way to turn things around and get a better perspective.

Anyone can have a good day, but you have to be able to perform on a bad day. – Jurgen Klopp

This is the problem with having a bad day, you still need to perform even if you are having an off day. The deadlines aren’t going to change. People that are counting on you, expect that you are going to pull though for them. Your pet might be able to sense that something is wrong, but they still need a walk and are going to convince you that if you go for a walk everything will be better for you too.

I don’t think you should try to be anything you’re not. If you’re not smiling all the time or always happy – I don’t think it matters. If you’re having bad day, show you’re having a bad day. Don’t try to put up something that’s fake. -Elle Fanning

The idea of going back to bed, pulling the covers up over your head, and pretending that you can just make this bad day go away, probably isn’t going to be possible. So here are some ideas of how you can take some time for yourself and do something positive to change you mindset. I’m not sure how old Elle Fanning was when she made the wonderful quote above, but I 100% agree that you shouldn’t try to be fake and pretend that everything is okay. We are all allowed to have bad days. This list is giving you some tools to proactively shift your perspective so you CAN be yourself and still accomplish what you need to do.

Bad Day – 20 ideas to make things better

  1. Grateful List – Take 15 minutes to make a brainstorm list of all the things that you are grateful for. Nothing is too small. Jot all your ideas down. At the end of 15 minutes I bet you will be amazed at how big your list is.
  2. Turn Off your phone – Take some time to unplug and stop the demands from coming in so fast and furious. Turning off your phone gives you the control, and gives you time to reset things.
  3. Drive – Go for a drive, perhaps some new route that gives you a chance to look around and concentrate on driving, not letting your brain keep spinning into overdrive.
  4. Sing out loud – This is a great exercise to do in the car, giving you time and space to sing at the top of your lungs. It doesn’t matter how, or if you can sing. This is about opening up your lungs, taking a big breath and letting out your voice in a way that you can’t do in an office space, or possibly even at home.
  5. Water relaxation – Whether you take a bubble bath, or a nice, hot, shower let water wash your bad day away. Feel the sensations of the water all over your body and feel your muscles loosen up and get you more relaxed.
  6. Walk Outside – Go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors. Listen to the sounds around you, take a deep breath and smell the outdoors and think about the motion that your feet are making as they carry you do new paths.
  7. Dance – Pick a favorite song, turn it up loud and move your body. Clap, sing along with the lyrics, move those hips and dance all the bad day feelings away.
  8. Spend time with a friend – Whether it is chance to meet in person or a call or video to someone far away, touching base with someone can change your mood.
  9. Read a good book – Dive into a book that you have been wanting to read. It doesn’t matter if you read 1 chapter or have a reading marathon, thinking about characters in a different world and situation than you are in right now gives you a chance to get away for a little while.
  10. TV escape – Just like a good book, if TV is more your thing, enjoy some time watching a new (or old favorite) episode to take you away from your current situation for a little while.
  11. Take a nap – Maybe your body just really needs some rest. So set a timer and take a daytime nap.
  12. Juicing – Make your own juice or go to a place that makes fresh natural juice. Enjoy the taste of drinking something good for you. If you are looking for some new recipes, check out
  13. Visit your favorite Coffee House – Go inside, find a comfy seat and enjoy a drink that you don’t normally treat yourself to. Really taste the drink and all of it’s flavors. And enjoy the little extras like extra foam or a whipped cream crown before you can get into the hot chocolate.
  14. Play with a pet – Playing with an animal is always sure to bring a smile to your face. They will be so excited to spend the time with you being silly, they will change your mood in no time.
  15. Prepare a healthy meal – Feed your body some incredible food for energy. Fruits, leafy greens, and nuts, enjoy!
  16. Prepare yourself some comfort food – If the healthy route isn’t matching your mood, go for a meal of comfort food. Mac and cheese, chocolate cake, chicken noodle soup, whatever food makes you think of inner comfort and self care, go for it today.
  17. Watch a motivational video – Do a search on YouTube and find a video that will give you some inspiration and motivation.
  18. Meditate – If you like to meditate, set some time aside, find a good private spot and center yourself for the next part of the day.
  19. Dream a little – Take out some paper and write a list of things that you would like in your life. Be silly, be serious, write anything down. You may see some patterns when you read your list later that you never new existed for you. Find a way to make some of those dreams happen.
  20. Ask for a hug – Sometimes you just need someone to hold you tight and start to believe that everything is going to be okay. Remember that pets can give you a good hug too!

No one really has a bad life. Not even a bad day. Just bad moments. -Regina Brett

I hope if you are having a Bad Day – 20 ideas to make things better has helped you to take some time for yourself and change things for the rest of your day. If you know someone that you like this list as well, please feel free to share it with them. If you have additional ways to make things better, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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  1. I love using a little TV to escape sometimes! I’m also getting ready to have my kids and I start gratitude journals.

  2. I love all of these suggestions! I have a grateful journal. When I’m having a bad day, I write down ten things that I’m grateful for. It’s also insightful to read other things that I’m grateful for that I wrote in the past. Great post!

  3. Dancing and singing are at the top of my list! It is so relaxing.

  4. I love these ideas! I need these lists because I always seem to forget what helps me in my times of stress!

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