Cheer Up: 14 Things To Do When You’re Having A Bad Day

Bad days happen. A job interview that went bad, a broken laptop  (that means everything to you), stepping in dog poop on the way to a date—yes that sucks. We can’t get rid of an annoying co-worker (sorry) or buy you a new laptop, but we do have some sweet suggestions for improving your mood a little..

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 14 Things To Do When You’re Having A Bad Day

1. Take a long relaxing bath. It can help you relax and reduce stress. Read our article: 9 steps to the ultimate relaxing bath

2. Watch your favourite tv series, Friends or SATC!

3. No one promised life would be perfect. “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” -Leo Tolstoy

4. Watch a Disney movie. What better way to cheer up than to watch movie from your childhood.

5. Turn on some music and dance in your living room.

6. Smile. It has biological effects on your brain, helping you feel better. Smile with your whole face. Even if you don’t feel like it.

7. Take a walk. Exercise clears your mind and even increases those feel-good endorphins.

8. Have some chocolate. Dark chocolate helps your brain release endorphins and serotonin, an anti-depressant and reduces cortisol levels. Binging isn’t healthy no matter how bad your mood is, unfortunately.

9. Meditate for 15 minutes. It’s a great stress-relief technique, which makes it perfect on a bad day. Spend 15 minutes focusing on your breath.

10. Turn off your phone. Being constantly available stresses you out. So turn off your phone and read a book or meditate.

11. Write about what’s bothering you and then write something you are grateful for. This is a great way to release stress and anxiety since it helps you get things off your chest in a safe way.

12. Sniff certain scents. Inhaling the scent of orange or lavender can reduce anxiety and improve your mood.

13. Hang out with a pet. Cuddling, playing, or just chillin’ with your pet can help us feel happier and less stressed.

14. Call someone you love. We all have someone who can always cheer us up.

These are just a few ideas to turn a bad day around. What helps you get out of a funk when you’re feeling down?

Featured image: SATC 2

11 Comments
  1. A relaxing bath definitely helps with calming your mood after a bad day/moment. Disney movies are awesome, you always see the character struggling and conquer their problems at the end. It makes you think, “I can conquer my problems too!” All of these are pretty good suggestions to overcome the bad day :). Normally I would say sleep it off if you can. It helped me pass time and give me a chance to rethink things through.

  2. When I want to escape the realities brought on by a bad day, I love cuddling up in bed (with the hubby) watching FRIENDS or one of the many animations I’ve enjoyed as a kid. A good book and a cup of tea is right on top with those two.

    This is a great post – could almost smell that hot chocolate in the picture :p

  3. loved this a lot! The disney movies are always a good way to laugh, I mean who doesn’t like to sing along with Hakuna Matata?
    and the meditation helps, which I didn’t think it would! Thanks!

  4. I love number three.. “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” -Leo Tolstoy. This morning I had a rough start to my day and needed a little pick me up. It had to do with me falling short of my expectations and I have to remember that I striving for perfection will never make me happy. Now on to taking a walk and a talk with my mother (who always makes me feel better)! Hopefully this funk will leave soon!

  5. Great article! When I’m stressed, I always try to meditate or when my husband is near I talk to him or I call my mom :) I’m definitely going to try tip number 11, it seems an amazing way to release some stress. Love! x

  6. These are all great ideas! Drinking some tea and curling up with a good movie or book is my go to. I also like to watch my favorite comedians and have a good laugh. And don’t forget about retail therapy! Shopping is the best pick-me-up! My mom always said “if you look good, you’ll feel good”.
    xx

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