Restarting a Bad Day
We all have bad days from time to time. Whether it’s a late night, a cranky baby, a looming deadline, or whatever comes up, there are a lot of ways that a day can feel off before it even starts. How do you get back on track? How do you shake off all those negative feelings?
Whenever I find myself feeling this way, I know I need a little reset! I know that the feelings won’t last for long, but I like to get stared on feeling better right away.
I’m a stay at home mom so I can carve out a little more free time throughout the day. When I was working, I used to be able to fit at least some of these activities in the day. Even just doing one of these things will start to turn your day around.
+ Wash your face
I love Pacifica coconut water wipes or washing with Mychelle Clear Skin Cranberry Cleanser with the Honest Beauty konjac cleansing sponge. If I slept with makeup on (this doesn’t happen very often) it feels amazing to scrub it all off. Once my face is freshly washed, I like to put on sunscreen because I need to…
+ Get outside
There’s something about fresh air that makes the whole world seem new. Whether it’s raining, snowing, or crazy hot, I go for a little walk outside with my dog, baby, or both, just to shake off any negative feelings. And a little vitamin D is clinically proven to turn around a bad mood.
+ Make your bed
This seems kind of silly or a small thing, but wow does it make me feel better! Just looking at my room when it’s clean and looks like it’s in a magazine makes me feel like I actually have it together. And I really look forward to getting ready at night (and taking off my makeup!) if I’m jumping into a freshly made bed.
+ Diffuse essential oils
This changes my mood so much! I like to diffuse bright and cheery scents like mint or citrus to start the day. I feel like it clears the clutter in my mind and helps me start over with a fresh perspective. A candle or incense work too. My very favorite essential oils are from Pharmaca.
+ Eat something light
Whether it’s fruit and yogurt or overnight oats or even just almond butter toast, I like to feel full but not too bogged down on a rough morning. Breakfast is never optional for me, but I save heavier things for when I’ve had a great night of sleep and feel great.
Inside and out! Drinking a large glass of cold water first thing helps so much. (Especially if you drank a little too much the night before…) Coconut water and aloe water are great too. I also put on a lightweight moisturizer like Mychelle Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum (any hyaluronic lotion is great!) and an eye cream like the Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller. I love the Hempz original moisturizer on my hands and feet too. Studies show that being dehydrated affects mood. I don’t know if this applies to skin care, but if I hydrate inside and out I feel so much better.
+ Commit to 10
This is a rule I try to follow pretty closely because it gets me going on even the roughest days. Physical exercise is a great way to improve your day and your mood. Even though I’d like to, I don’t always have time for an hour or even half an hour for a workout. So I tell myself, “I’m just going to do 10 minutes.” Time and again, once I get going on that first 10 minutes, it’s easy to tack on another 10 or 20 after that. If I’m absolutely not able to, at least I know I got moving and did something for myself physically that day. I feel no guilt that I didn’t do more because hey, I completed 10 minutes like I said I would!
+ Do something just for fun
If you can carve out 5 or 10 minutes from your day, what about doing something you really enjoy instead of just zoning out on social media or getting another chore done? This is something I really struggle with, but have to remind myself of. I started thinking of things I really enjoy that relax me, not numb me. Or even worse, things that put me actively in a bad mood! Scrolling endlessly through social media, the news, and doing endless searches on Google don’t feed me and certainly don’t make me feel better. Tacking on another chore also isn’t actually fun. It’s more work! For rest and relaxation, I like to take a magazine out on my balcony with coffee and breathe in the fresh air. Magazines are my favorite way to relax and I feel restored even if it’s only 5 or 10 minutes.
These are just a few of the things I like to do when I wake up feeling just awful, tired, and cranky. Of course there are days when I can’t do everything on this list, actually most days… but I like to pick and choose a few to put my day on the right track.
What do you like to do when you’re having a bad day? What things help you energize and feel better when you’re just not having it? Let me know in the comments below!