Some days suck. That’s just how it is. Sometimes you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and it’s all downhill from there. Maybe you have an overwhelming amount of homework, step in water while wearing socks, or get in a fight with your very best friend. Maybe all of the above. Regardless, some days just don’t go our way and all of a sudden, you’re in a terrible mood.
Yesterday was one of those days for me.
I’d consider myself a pretty happy person. Well, as long as I’m well-rested and fed, I’m a happy person. I’ve already mentioned that I’m a planner, so I plan every part of my life out. When things go in a way I didn’t predict or in a way I’m not prepared for, I get rattled. I don’t always get really upset, but I did yesterday. My plans shouldn’t be etched in stone because life is going to come and change things.
Because I very rarely have “stay in bed and wallow in sadness” days, I’m okay with having one. Or two. But I’m not going to make a habit of that so I’ve made a list of things to do next time I have the urge to stay in bed and watch television all day when I should actually be doing something worthwhile.
1. Make coffee.
I love coffee. It starts my day off in the right way and the caffeine doesn’t hurt either.
2. Take a shower.
Showers have this great way of making me feel brand new, and that’s exactly what you need on a bad day. Start fresh by jumping in the shower.
3. Sing along to your favorite song.
I try not to do this when my roommates are home (for obvious reasons) but sometimes you need to jam to Destiny’s Child or N*SYNC and forget about what’s bothering you. I use driving around as an excuse to sing at the top of my lungs to every song playing. It’s therapeutic.
4. Call my mom.
Since I’ve been known to make a mountain out of a molehill, my mom’s great at bringing me back to reality. For you, maybe that person is your best friend, your sibling or a significant other. Either way, it helps me to talk to someone about what’s bothering me.
Like the great Elle Woods said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Ignore the part about killing husbands because I don’t have a husband to kill, but she’s right. Working out makes you feel good and look good.
6. Eat chocolate.
Maybe don’t eat chocolate right after working out, but do something that makes you happy. I’m not saying eat your weight in chocolate because that won’t help anything, but it’s okay to indulge every now and then.
7. Realize that it’s a bad day, not a bad life.
This is a tough one for the queen of dramatics, but put things into perspective. Will this matter tomorrow, next month or next year? Chances are, it won’t. Try to look at the grand scheme of things and realize that it’s a speed bump.
While I play catch-up on homework I didn’t do yesterday, I’m going to remember this list for when the next bad day comes my way.