There are many reasons why you might be having a bad day: a stressful day at school or work, an epic fight with your significant other, money troubles, or maybe you’ve just had a lot of little things build up at once. Luckily, there are ways for you to feel better and relax after a bad day. Follow these tips and you will be smiling in no time.
Treat yourself to something you have wanted for awhile – Have you wanted to purchase a new book for awhile now? Well, go to the bookstore and get it – you might as well buy something on a day when you are feeling so lousy if you plan to buy it eventually anyway! Other ideas for treats include a new outfit that will make you feel great, a movie you’d love to watch, or a manicure/pedicure. Though it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, a little treat can certainly help you feel better when you are down in the dumps.
Get immersed in a book, television show, movie, or game – Sometimes a break from reality is all you need to get your mind off of stressful situations. Read a good book, pop in a season of your favorite comedy television show, watch a beloved movie that you know all the words to, or dive into a video game that will take your mind off of everything going on in real life.
Spend time with friends and family – Getting together with friends or bonding with family can help relieve stress. Ask a friend to meet you at your local TGI Fridays or Friendly’s for a bite to eat, during which you can ask for advice, vent, or just get your mind off of things by having a lighthearted conversation. Having a night in with your family is also a great way to feel better after a bad day. Try watching a movie together or playing a board game.
Spend time with pets – Animals are wonderful stress relievers – just think of all the people who have benefited from pet therapy! Spending some time with your pet is a low-cost way to feel better. Play a game of fetch or just spend some time petting your animal. You will be sure to feel more relaxed.
Complete a project – Some people relieve stress through being productive. If you know you are like this, then start or continue a project you know is within reach of being completed. For example, spend time washing the dishes that have piled up in the sink, or clean your messy room. Creating a scrapbook, fixing something that is broken in the house, or washing your car are other ideas that you could use.
Write – Writing is quite therapeutic, whether you vent all of your feelings into a diary entry or channel your emotions into poetry or fiction. Sit down in front of your computer or open your notebook and just let the words start flowing onto the page. One exercise you might want to try is writing down all of your negative feelings on paper and then ripping up the paper once you have finished. It may prove to be cathartic.