Bad days can feel like you’ve been hit by a bag of bricks, they can literally knock the breath out of you. But tomorrow will come, and things will get better. We’ve all had our bad days, but the most important thing to remember is that it's just a bad day and not a life.
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Take a moment for yourself
Breathe. If you are feeling overwhelmed then take a break from work, go to the bathroom and collect your thoughts, if you’re writing an essay, put that pen down, a five-minute break won’t hurt you. Don’t bottle up all your emotions for them to explode later on. Your mental health is important, so listen to yourself.
Unplug and get away
Sometimes what you need is to take a break from social media, put down your phone, turn off your laptop. Go outside, whether you're going a walk or even just sitting amidst nature, the cool outdoors can help to clear your mind and give you a fresh perspective.
When you start exercising the body recognizes this as a moment of stress, as if instead of running on a treadmill we’re actually fleeing from a bear. To protect us and our beautiful brains, we release a protein called BDNF, which helps us feel at ease and happy. But at the same time, endorphins fight the stress.
Remember who you are and how amazing you are
Remember who you are, all that you’ve accomplished, whether it’s graduating from university, helping out within the community or just helping out friends in need. Look at how far you’ve come, how now you’ve got to go. The world is your oyster, and you can do anything if you try. You are full of drive and ambition.
Spend time with loved ones
Whether that be your mum, your friends or your pet if you're feeling down and don't want to be alone, cuddle up with someone who makes you happy. Who knows precisely how amazing you are, what ice cream flavor you like; and will binge any show of your choosing.
Start a hobby
Whether it’s gaming, sewing or blogging, get to it! If it’s something, you enjoy and can take your mind off what’s happening. If you can do it with someone else, even better, but stay active and do things that you genuinely enjoy.
Bad days are the perfect ones to splurge on the things you love. Give yourself a proper pamper day. Run a hot bath, some good comfort food and maybe some online shopping, a good book or a favorite film. Anything that brings you happiness is something you should invest in, especially on a bad day.
How bad is the situation? Be realistic here, if you can’t rest until you know what you’re going to do then make a plan. Write it out, what happened, all the potential consequences and outcomes and finally a solution. Not only are you coming to grips with your situation, but you’re facing it head-on.
Sing your heart out
Singing releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Because the deep breathing needed to sing draws more oxygen into the blood and causes better circulation, it's also an aerobic activity and a natural stress-reducer. So sing at the top of your lungs to your favorite songs all night long.
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