we all have bad days. there are days when you’re frustrated and angry (and maybe for no particular reason), days when you have no motivation to do anything, days when you feel as if you’re on the verge of tipping over. these days exist for all of us. so what do we do? (because screaming and glaring at everyone who looks in your direction doesn’t work) we try to make it better. SO, here are ten ways you could make your day slightly more bearable.
listen to your favorite songs, old or new
whether you’re feeling nostalgic for backstreet boys or ready to jam to hamilton, listen to music. turn it up and sing along to the lyrics you know. throw a spontaneous emergency dance party.
catch up with friends, virtually or in real life
catching up with old friends (or family!) is always refreshing. you get to update your life to people who actually care, as opposed to the people who roll their eyes at your facebook statuses. it’s also nice to know how others are doing with their lives. you can do this by texting, calling, or actually meeting up with the person.
making a list of things/people/places you’re grateful for is really helpful in changing one’s perspective. even the simplest things like “the weather is nice today.” you could also make lists of things that made you happy that day (ex: i got an unexpected package) or your accomplishments (ex: i finished writing a blog post).
pamper yourself (take a bath/long shower/face mask/whatever)
this is so effective because it relaxes your mind and body. sometimes taking a long shower after a long day is exactly what i need. i stop worrying about the things that worry me and begin to relax relax relax.
re-watch your favorite movie(s) or catch up on tv shows
ahhh netflix, the cure for all. it’s wonderfully distracting to sit back and watch a film because you can stop worrying about your own issues and start worrying about the character’s issues. and 9/10 of the time, everything works out fine.
go to the restaurant you’ve been dying to try
there’s always that onnnnnne place i always want to go to, but there’s always some excuse holding me back. now’s your chance to test it out and see if it meets your expectations. if it does, then YAY you’ve found your new favorite food place. if it doesn’t, you can grumble about it to all your friends BUT HEY at least you want out to try something new!
…or make your own food
i’m not a good chef myself, but there are some things that are really simple to make and worth the effort. liiiiike cookies! i went through a phase during the winter when i wanted to bake ~all the things~ and the whole process is really therapeutic. you don’t even need to eat the things you’re making (although that’d be nice too), it’s the making-food part that’s important.
take a walk or do any other form of exercise
i dunno about you, but it feels so good to sweat it all out. i know, i know, the first few minutes probably feel AWFUL but i promise it’ll be rewarding in the end. take a stroll around the your neighborhood, do some yoga from online tutorials (or on your own if you know how to yoga), or i dunno DO SOMETHING.
you don’t even need to buy things when i say “go shopping.” it always feels good to stroll through the aisles, or try on funky clothes, or look at what’s new. and if you don’t have the time to actually go to a store, looking at what you hope to buy (or eventually really buy) online is also a pleasure.
read a book (!!!)
wow guys, ever thought of this one? although i know there could be times when you feel that even reading could be stressful (echm reading books on deadline or for review), getting lost in words and pages could always put my mind off something. read something you feel like reading, something you WANT to read. rereading your favorite books could also be a good idea.