Crappy things happen. You know it, and I know it. But it’s what you do in those moments that count. Sure you can crumple into a ball and self-soothe with a box of chocolates or….you could try some of these tips to pull you out of the quicksand of despair.
Here’s what to do when you’re having a shitty day.
FEEL your feelings. Go ahead and rant, cry, seethe, stew etc. Keeping your feelings in will only create dis-ease that will compound day-after-day which can then eventually lead to disease. And who wants that? Nobody, that’s who!
After you’ve calmed down a bit, ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” Most of the time there’s a lesson to be had. Going through rough spells helps make us stronger and teach us what to do or NOT to do the next time around.
Notice what ideas, thoughts or feelings come to you and take ACTION on them! You may feel like:
- Listening to the radio or a favourite song. You simply cannot be in listening to your favourite song and be in a bad mood at the same time.
- Doing something nice for someone else, this can simply be sending someone a note saying you’ve been thinking of them, or sharing a resource you know they would find helpful.
- Going outside – go for a walk or just sit outside and enjoy the fresh air, listen to the sounds, what do you hear? How do you feel? What are you thinking about?
- Looking at the big picture – so the situation sucks big time. But in the grand scheme of things, I bet your life isn’t half bad. Think of all the good in your life right now and FEEL how grateful you truly are for it.
- Exercising or moving your body in a way that feels good to you. Movement will help you move the negative feelings out.
- Writing your thoughts and feelings down or recording them in a video or audio recorder. Writing and speaking are great ways to release feelings you know are not serving you. Better to get them out rather than keep them stuffed down where again, they can lead to dis-ease and the possibility of physical manifestation of disease.
- Smudging yourself and/or your surroundings. Burning white sage (also known as smudging) has long been used by aboriginal cultures around the world as an effective method to eliminate toxic energy. As you allow the sage smoke to wash over you and your space, set the intention of releasing yourself from the drama and all negativity related to the situation.
- Focus on what you DO want – ask yourself how you want this situation to turn out and then focus your energies on the things you can do to shift it into that direction.
- Get support – pick up the phone and talk to a good friend who can support you in your time of need, cuddle with a pet, or hug your kids or spouse, or reach out to your entrepreneurial girlfriends.
- Soak in a bath of sea salt (which is extremely detoxifying), take a shower or even better, if you live near the ocean, take a dip.
And finally, remember, this too shall pass. One day, you will honestly have a big laugh about what went wrong. If you’re not there yet, there’s always wine! 😉
Need added support to turn a rotten day around, check out Reflect on the Good Things.
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