Sometimes you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and that’s okay! It happens to everyone, honestly. For days that I feel a little under the weather, I have a “bad day” self care routine that help me get through the day. And here are my favorite tips and tricks:
Take a deep breath
First, take a deep breath. You may have had something negative happen to you, or you just are in a funk. Either way, your feelings are valid! Take it easy. That could mean sitting down and meditating, taking a breath, or reading your favorite blog, book, or article that puts you in the right mood.
Make a nice cup of coffee
Honestly, coffee is my love language. There’s nothing better than a nice warm cup of coffee in the winter and a nice iced coffee in the summer. Whatever that non-alcoholic drink is for you, treat yourself! When I’m down, I would hate to resort to alcohol considering it’s a depressant and could keep you in a negative headspace.
Journal it out
This has become part of my morning routine, but on off days, I may find myself journaling more. In the mornings I like to manifest journal (which I will be sharing with you guys shortly). But, I brainstorm my biggest dreams and basically pretend I am that person already. Doing so keeps me insanely motivated and eager to achieve my goals.
Get moving (or veg out)
I do say get out and get a walk. In most cases, you feel better when you move your body ~ that endorphin rush. But at the same time, you may not always want to get up and moving. If you really think vegging out on your couch will help you feel better, go for it! But if you know you and getting moving always puts you in a better mood, get up and move a little.
Do something that makes you happy
For me, this means working on my blog at a coffee shop (my two favorite things). But for you, that could be painting or some other hobby that enlightens your spirits. Whatever it be, do it! Oddly enough, I sometimes find joy in cleaning, working out, and getting ahead for the week. Not only does it make me feel good, but it makes me feel accomplished.
Write out things you’re grateful for
This is a common practice ~ write out the things you’re grateful for. I would suggest even adding this into your morning routine. Grab a notepad and a pen, or use the notes on your phone, and write out 5-10 things you’re grateful for and be as specific as possible. For instance, I’m SO thankful for my morning coffee that gives me the kick and drive to keep up a full-time job, blog, and podcast.
Call a loved one
When I’m really sad, I call my Mom. Most of the time when I do call my Mom because I’m in a bad mood, I’m pretty much on the verge of a breakdown. So, I call my Mom, vent, and cry while she just listens to me. If you have someone in your life like that, call them! Not only can they reassure your feelings, but they can help you brainstorm ideas to turn your frown upside down.
Cut out social media
Make the cut, honestly. In most cases, you may find yourself comparing yourself to “picture perfect” Instagram models. You may hear it all the time, but social media is a highlight real. When you’re in a bad mood, you most likely don’t want to see everyone’s highlights when you’re experiencing a low light. In my case, it makes me feel like I’m the only one going through what I’m going through even know I know I’m not.
Go to bed early
When I’m mentally drained, I’m most likely physically drained. So, I will go to bed early. I will normally take a bath, read a book, or something calming before I climb into bed. That way, my body may be more acclimated to get to bed early. If you’re minds racing and you’re all wound up, heading to bed may be your worst nightmare ~ do what you can to wear yourself out!
Even though I hope y’all don’t experience many bad days, I hope this helped in the event you do. Be sure to check out my favorite routine blog posts that could help you create the perfect morning routine!