We all know that life can sometimes SUUUUCK. It can bring hardships and cruelty out of nowhere. And whether you’re going through a particularly tough time, or it’s simply just one of those days, we all could probably do with some help to remain positive and wash away the blues.
Here are 15 ways to have a better day.
1. Create a ‘reverse bucket list’
I love this one, not only because I love writing lists (can you tell?), but also because I love taking a trip down memory lane. Write down everything awesome that you’ve done thus far in your life. It could be achievements, experiences, places you’ve been, anything that you’re proud of. Then read it back and revel in the awesome life you’ve lived so far.
2. Practice gratitude
At the end of each day, tell yourself, or write down, 3 things that you were grateful for in that day. It could be something as simple as being grateful you brought your umbrella out with you when it started to rain. Or maybe you particularly felt grateful for having someone in your life.
It doesn’t matter what makes you laugh, maybe it’s funny videos on YouTube, maybe it’s your favourite comedy film/programme, maybe it’s a certain person. Laughing will guarantee to put you in a better mood. It’s science or something.
The idea of exercising is a hundred times worse than actually doing it. Not only is exercise physically good for you, it also helps to relieve stress, boosts your energy levels and releases endorphins which trigger positive feelings. Win win!
5. Create a ‘happy playlist’
Fill it with songs that you love, songs that make you want to dance, songs that without fail will boost your mood. Even songs that remind you of a happy memory work great for this. Play them loud.
6. Take time for your mind
It’s important to take time to properly take care of your mind. Mental health is as important as physical health. You wouldn’t ignore a broken leg, so don’t ignore it when your mind needs some TLC. A great way to do this is to practise mindfulness. This can seem like a bit of a buzzword, without any tangible meaning behind it. But all it means is focusing your concentration on the present moment, with the aim to properly acknowledge and accept your thoughts and feelings. This can be achieved through meditation, breathing exercises, writing a journal or simply just taking a few quiet minutes for yourself.
7. Spend time with good company
Surround yourself with positive people. People who make you feel good. People who care about you. Get rid of any negativity, this is detrimental for your own mood.
8. Go outside
Getting some fresh air and getting out of a stuffy room will help to boost your mood. If nothing else, a change of environment is great for clearing your head, so if you’ve hit a brick wall on an assignment or project, the sights and sounds of the wider world will get those creative juices flowing.
9. Do a good deed
Do something for someone else. Help a stranger. Donate to charity. Leave a motivational message for someone to find. It could be anything, and it will make their day and yours.
10. Eat well
Good food gives you nutrients and energy. Bad food makes you feel lethargic and guilty. Simple.
11. Have a social media break
I can’t stress this one enough. I used to be fairly obsessed with checking social media. I used to think I needed to keep up a presence, post regularly, and keep up to date with what everyone else was doing. Then one day, I just got bored of it, and very quickly my habits changed. I didn’t realise how toxic, controlling and time consuming it was. Now, I rarely use Facebook, I stopped using Snapchat completely, and I don’t spend hours scrolling through Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy posting now and then, checking what friends are up to when I get a spare 10 minutes, but I’m not bound to it, I don’t care if I go a couple of days social media free. And the time I spent looking at social media, I have been able to put towards other, more productive things. Try deleting an app for a week, or limiting yourself to 10 minutes of social media a day. Just be more human. I promise you, it needs you more than you need it.
12. Learn something new
There is always an opportunity to learn. Spend 5 minutes reading up on a topic you don’t know much about. Begin on that pathway to becoming fluent in a new language. It can be as little or as big as you like, but expanding your knowledge will help you to feel like you’ve really accomplished something. Don’t forgot to give yourself a pat on the back too.
De-clutter and clean the environment you spend most of your time in (probably your bedroom). You know what they say, a tidy house equals a tidy mind.
I know its hard when you’re going through a tough time, but try to remember how lucky you are. Chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve got things like hot water, a roof over your head, and food on the table. There are millions of people who are worse off, and when I think about all the things that I am lucky to have, it helps me feel better about a bad situation.
15. Remember, it’s okay to have a bad day
While there are plenty of ways that can help to improve your mood and change your outlook, sometimes you do just have a bad day. Remember that it’s completely normal and everybody has them. Focus on the fact that it’s just one day, and the vast majority of the time, you’ll wake up in the morning feeling so much better. Tomorrow is a brand new day!