5 Ways to Make a Bad Day Better

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We all have bad days, and some are much worse than others. A really bad day can be unsettling and cause you to feel very low and obsess over what has gone wrong. Here are 5 ways to help you get through the day, whether it’s good or bad:

1. Don’t be hard on yourself.

It’s easy to beat yourself up when you’ve just found out that you made a mistake. But we all make mistakes, and making them is the one way to really learn about life and what works for you. If you learn from a mistake and embrace it, your day will be better—and so will your life.

2. Get some fresh air.

If you can take a walk or just sit in the sun, go for it. A breath of fresh air can help reduce your anxiety or depression. Sometimes when we are upset, we hold our breath longer than we should, so remember to breathe in and out.

3. Look for something beautiful right where you are.

Sometimes it can be hard to take in the golden light of a sunset or a spectacular view if you feel overwhelmed. If nature isn’t readily accessible, go to a museum or art gallery, the mall or even a parking lot—just to look—to bring a little light into your life.

4. Accept that the day is challenging.

Get some perspective on what’s happening by telling yourself that you’ve had days like this before, and things usually get better. Knowing that the situation is temporary will help you cope with whatever is going on.

5. Call a friend who might need a little cheering up.

Thinking about someone else helps to take your thoughts away from your own troubles, and helping a friend will make you feel better about yourself.