Optimism is a nice thing. And whether it’s crossing your fingers and hoping for the best on that job interview or reading your horoscope for this March, everybody enjoys that fleeting bliss of believing everything will turn out okay despite the challenges that stand before them.
But, most people’s emotions nowadays have taken a nosedive, unsure of what to do next and uncaring of the further consequences.
However, just because you’re having a bad day right now shouldn’t translate into an entire week going awry. And, unless things are actually moving beyond your control, it’s no use trapping yourself in a self-defeating mindset that shrouds your days with nothing but doom and gloom. So, instead of raising that white flag and crawling back into bed, it’s time you grab the day by the horns, give it your all, and try a few tips that can turn that sadness and anxiety on its head.
Start With Your Basic Necessities
At the tippy-top of your priority list is starting with your basic necessities. Often, when people feel down and out of it, most of us tend to neglect to get some good food or completely forget that we even need some food in the first place. And this goes both ways for drinking water and sleeping, equally important things that you can’t really function properly without them.
So, no matter how sluggish and groggy your movements feel, head to the kitchen and whip up an easy meal for yourself to make sure your body gets what it needs. And after you’ve hydrated yourself with a bit of water, feel free to take a nap if you’re still stressed out of your mind and can’t think straight from the lack of shut-eye.
Sure, these preliminary steps may not solve all your problems, but it’s the best place to start because it’s the easiest to do.
Get Yourself Cleaned Up And Feeling Fresh
Next to basic necessities is hygiene, and while most people think it’s a no-brainer to take a quick shower, many of us often put it off and just wallow in both sadness and sweat. As a result, the lack of freshening up magnifies the feeling of going nowhere, which is something you want to avoid because you’re already in a bad spot.
To combat this, we recommend pulling yourself out of that nap and heading to the bathroom for some much-deserved me-time. And whether it’s indulging in a nice long bath or standing in the shower for a few minutes, getting cleaned up will help bring out some clarity in your thoughts and wake up your body at the same time.
Redirect The Negativity Into Productivity
Now that you’ve prepared yourself and are, more or less, feeling not too shabby, your next plan of action is to redirect all that negativity into productivity. Sometimes, people think anger and stress are best dealt with by relaxation, but these feelings can also work as excellent fuel and motivators for other engaging activities.
For example, if you fancy yourself knocking out a few sets on your workout split, you’ll be surprised at how effective those negative emotions help in powering-through strength and mobility-focused training regimens.
The caveat here is don’t make it an everyday thing because constantly relying on negative emotions to fuel your workouts isn’t really sustainable. But, in the case of getting through some bad days, there’s nothing wrong with using them as fuel for physical exercise and a boost in your overall toughness.
Treat Yourself To A Nice Reward
Last but not least, if you’ve been feeling down as a result of work overload, one of the best ways to circumvent and resolve all your worries is by treating yourself with a nice reward. At the end of the day, we’re still normal people no matter how competent and skillful our backgrounds make us out to be, and taking the opportunity to recognize our efforts is part of life.
Of course, everybody’s perspective on a good time largely depends on your interests and hobbies, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution we can recommend right off the bat.
For example, one form of rewarding yourself for all the hard work would be visiting the nearest ice cream parlor and treating yourself to a sampling of every specialty available. Meanwhile, others could view it as a trip to the spa for some much-needed massage therapy, time-off inside the sauna, and even try out that brand-new commercial laser hair removal machine.
Beating Yourself Up Will Get You Nowhere!
Look, while bad days are inevitable, doing nothing and beating yourself up over something you can’t control will just get you nowhere. So, instead of lying on your back and letting the world do as it pleases, take this opportunity to follow the advice laid out above and get yourself out of that rut.