“So You Had A Bad Day…”

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We all have them now and then. For most of us they fall on a spectrum that can range from a day of general bad luck/ things not working out right; to absolutely horrific, involving health crises or the loss of a loved one. I’ve had all of the above in my lifetime, and as much as I’d like to believe that all my bad days are behind me, I don’t. They’re a part of life and we have to learn to deal with them. Of course in my case, “dealing with them” can fall on a spectrum too; from healthy (yoga) to unhealthy (chocolate. in massive quantities)

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For the “no so bad” bad days, I used to have a way to deal. I would have a TV series I would watch at the end of the day. I wouldn’t binge: I’d watch in single episode increments. I would make myself a cup of cinnamon tea, and drink it, one spoonful at a time as I watched. Having something relaxing to look forward to helped make those days when nothing goes quite right a bit more deal-able.

So why did I stop? To be honest, I’m not quite sure. I think it required some discipline that I lacked at some point: after all, I had to have a series that I only reserved for “emergencies.” But sometimes it’s nice to binge! I would also have to discipline myself to sipping my tea slowly. When, let’s face it, delaying gratification doesn’t appeal when you’ve had a rough time of it!

But I’ve been thinking about getting back into this habit again. Or at least trying to. Because on a bad day, it helped to have something nice to look forward to. No, obviously it’s not so effective when something truly terrible happens. But there are plenty of days when you just feel defeated by the end of it, and you need to be nice to yourself. That’s what this is for.

So how do you deal with bad days (of any kind)? Any tips? Tricks? Treats?

5 thoughts on ““So You Had A Bad Day…”

  1. How I deal with them changes with the seasons of life. But, it is always helpful to recognize that you are in fact having one, that this isn’t the way your life goes all the time, every day, and that a bad day might not be a sign that you are doing something wrong. Maybe you are taking more flack because you are over the target.

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    • That’s a really good point. I think sometimes in the midst of a bad day it can be hard to remember that, but it’s important to! I have a strong tendency to blame myself for my bad days, even when I shouldn’t. Yes. sometimes it’s because of a mistake I made, but sometimes it’s just bad luck. And even if I AM responsible, blaming myself doesn’t accomplish much!

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  2. I have some home spa stuff that I use most when I’ve had a bad day and need to relax. Face masks, bath salts (which I turn into a foot soak), that kind of thing. Spending some time focusing on physical self care sometimes helps me work on mental self care, too.

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