Have you ever had one of those days that seemed doomed right from the start? Maybe you woke up late, got into a fight with your spouse, spilled your coffee all over your new outfit, or struggled through a presentation? Your day started bad and then only got worse from there. Unfortunately, we are all going to have bad days from time to time. The trick is to try to turn these bad days into positive ones. Follow these 5 easy steps below to make the most out of your bad day.
1 – Find a little inspiration. Try searching online for an uplifting quote or two that will help get you back into the right mindset. Here are some examples that have worked for me in the past. “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine,” – Mario Fernandez. “Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie. You may want to print out some quotes so that you can reread them whenever you are struggling to get through the day. Inspiration can come in all different forms. Instead of an uplifting quote, you may prefer to look at a picture that symbolizes why you get up every day and go to work. Find what works best for you and use it whenever you need a little inspiration to get through your day.
2 – Focus on the positive aspects of your life. Take a few minutes to think about all of the good things you have going on in your life. These positive things could be your kids, your spouse, a vacation that you are planning on taking soon, or even your living space. Don’t let the bad day consume your thoughts. Take a few minutes to reflect on all of the great things you have in your life.
3 – Take a different approach. Sometimes it is necessary to shake up your regular routine when it isn’t working for you. If your day isn’t going as planned, don’t try to force it. Take a look at your schedule and make some changes to better fit your mood and energy level. If you are in a bad mood, instead of eating at your desk, you may want to consider grabbing some food from your favorite take-out place or going for a quick walk. If you have back to back meetings planned, you may want to consider moving one or two of them to another day.
4 – Re-evaluate your expectations. Not all days are going to be great ones. If you had high expectations going into a day, and it’s just not working out as planned, try lowering your expectations to more realistic levels. Unrealistic expectations will just make you feel worse once they are not achieved. Setting realistic expectations will give you an achievable goal that you can work towards during your tough day.
5 – Learn from the past. Sometimes the best way to get through a tough day is to look back at past bad days for a little perspective. What details do you remember about past tough days? Did those days have any effect on long term goals? You will probably notice that you can’t even remember the specific details from those days. The things that felt so important then are probably not considered important now. You probably don’t even care about the fact that you spilled coffee on your new outfit two months ago. Keep everything in perspective and focus on the positive items in your life.