10 Ways to Improve a Bad Day

Let’s face it. We all have bad days. Hell, even bad weeks or bad months. Life isn’t all diamonds and rosé. I’ve recently experienced some rough(er) days mostly due to weather, feeling unmotivated and nervous about the future. I don’t like to feeling sad. Who does? So, on a day when I’m feeling less than wonderful, I’ve found a few things that help put me in a better mood. Some are really simple, some would not be recommended by a trained professional and some are probably only for me. I’d love to hear how you improve a bad day, leave me a comment!


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  1. Get outside. Even though the weather has not been stellar and is one of the reasons why I am feeling blue….hey, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is real, getting outside when it’s cold and snowy actually improves my mood. Taking Copley for a walk is in instant mood booster. And the benefits are three fold: 1. Copley and I get exercise. 2. I can listen to a favorite podcast and 3. I get to explore new neighborhoods and trails. I always come back from even a twenty minute walk ready to tackle the next thing, whether that’s a new blog post idea, cleaning or starting dinner. Getting some fresh air is great for your mind and creativity.
  2. Dance break. When Vinn and I first moved in together, we would have these little dance breaks throughout the day, usually in the kitchen while waiting for water to boil. Sometimes a dance break happens while getting up from the couch to get a glass of water. There is never a wrong time for a dance break and half the time doesn’t even require any music. Taking a second to dance or shake around makes me laugh at how silly I’m being and I forget what was making me sad in the first place.
  3. Read. I’ve been reading a lot more lately and have started to appreciate what reading can offer. I’m certainly not reading War and Peace and I’m currently reading Andy Cohen’s book. I like something light and fun with an occasion read of a mystery or something like Big Little Lies. When I’m noticing my mood for the day is going down a negative path, I take a second to read and usually end up feeling inspired even after ten minutes.
  4. Drink something hot. This may seem silly but drinking a warm beverage instantly perks me right up. I usually go for a cappuccino, as made clear by the number of times it’s made it’s way onto a Friday Favs post, but sometimes I opt for tea. There’s just something about the steam that makes me happy. A cold class of water just doesn’t do the trick. On the other hand, wine is a different story.
  5. Look at old pictures. Looking through old pictures, especially pictures from our recent travels and our wedding, is a great way to feel complete. I really believe in spending money on experiences and not things (most of the time) and find such joy in looking at all the pictures from our adventures. A great way to add this to everyday life is having our pictures as our Apple TV screen saver. Sometimes I leave the tv on just so I can look at them.
  6. Buy something. Now, this goes against what I’ve written above about spending more on experiences, but sometimes hitting the purchase button on Amazon gives me a surge of energy. Is that being a shopaholic? Probably. Don’t tell anyone. It’s usually not something extravagant, but a new book, a candle on my next trip to the grocery store or a bouquet of fresh flowers is enough to give me the energy rush that I’ve bought something, while also making me feel like I’m adding something valuable to our home.
  7. Declutter. Clutter makes me crazy. It actually makes me feel like my lungs are starting to collapse and I can’t breathe. So when I start to feel anxious or sad, purging paper or my closet are a great way to make me feel better. I feel accomplished and love having a clean and clutter free home. And a clutter free space is a clutter free mind.
  8. Exercise. Similar to getting outside, doing a quick workout, even if it’s just at home gets my blood flowing and sends those endorphins everyone talks about. “Endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” This is a Legally Blond reference for anyone who doesn’t know. But I usually think about this quote when I’m just not feeling the gym.
  9. Text a friend. Unfortunately with the time difference, I have to be really mindful of when I text people. If it’s 9 AM here in Germany, it’s usually 2 or 3 AM for the majority of my friends and family. But when it is a respectable hour, just sending a quick note to my mom or BFF makes me feel connected to home and I realize how lucky I am to have such great people in my life. And usually if I say I’m in a bad mood, friends will send me the most spot on GIF that instantly makes me laugh.
  10. Do something you’ve always wanted to do. Now, that’s not to say that anytime you’re having a bad day you should go skydiving or researching how to climb Mt. Everest. But, if there’s an online class you’ve always wanted to take, take it. When I was feeling blue last week I watched some YouTube videos that are made specifically for people who are learning German and it made me feel much better.

I always try to live life with a positive attitude and getting through the down times is absolutely part of that. I’d love to know, how do you improve a bad day?

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