The Ultimate Guide to Combatting a Bad Day

Having a Bad Day? You Need to Read This
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Having a Bad Day? You Need to Read This

Bad days. We all experience them. What we do about them makes all the difference in the world.

I’ll admit, I have bad days. In fact, in the past week I had several of them – in a row, no less. It was really difficult for me to combat them. It seemed like one thing would end and another would pop up. Frustrating campaigns, rude and sleazy people, health issues, and the list goes on. I really got into my feelings at one point, and posted on Instagram, asking for advice. Then I realized, I already had it. Hearing everyones’ suggestions was awesome, but I know how to beat a bad day, and I was just getting in the way of myself by spending so much time focusing on the negative.

So you know what I did? I wrote this post. I sat down and thought out all the ways I could help myself – which in turn could help you if you’re having a bad day! In fact, while writing the post, I actually participated in several of the activities I suggested. In the end, I was listening to a playlist of my favorite singer, I’d texted several friends to ask how they were doing, complimented a bunch of gals on Instagram, drank the happiest tea, and lit the yummiest-scented candle. What started out a really crappy day turned into a pretty great one. So for those who may need it, here’s some tips for combatting a bad day.

Tips for Combatting a BAD DAY

Have a Dance Party //

It might sound silly, but throwing on a playlist of your favorite music (I’m talking throwbacks from middle school, that trap song you just can’t get out of your head, and literally anything by Queen) and just dancing it out can make a world of difference.

Drink Some PositiviTEA //

Oops, that was cheesy. #SorryNotSorry. My favorite tea when I’m feeling down is the Yogi Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy Tea. I’m drinking a hot mug of this while I write. The bright tangerine taste is enough to cheer me up on its own, but combine that with the subtle amount of caffeine and it’s a winning combination.

Text An Encouragement to a Friend //

Rather than just complaining about whatever is making you feel down, send something thoughtful to a friend. This can be a cute quote you found on Pinterest, just telling them you’re thinking of them, or being really intentional to ask them about their current life situation.

Be Purposeful on Social Media //

Some would say to just turn off screens altogether, but I say that if you plan to scroll on Instagram – don’t do it aimlessly. Take the time to think up encouraging comments for each and every photo. Read the captions fully and reply to them directly. Compliment someone’s new haircut, congratulate them on their engagement, find out where their outfit is from, and read their blog post/look through their online shop.

Buy Yourself a Treat //

Don’t go too crazy. You may feel like overcompensating when your mood is in a rough place. A bouquet of flowers, a bar of chocolate, that matcha latte, or a new candle may be just what you need to brighten things up without breaking the bank.

List the Best Things in Your Life //

Focusing on the good is key. Grab a pen and paper and start listing out the things which bring you the most joy. Nothing is too big or too small for this list, so take your time and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face in no time.

Read a Book and Then Read Some More //

My number one suggestion for a good read is the Bible in this situation. There’s nothing like God’s Word to spark hope, redemption, and joy in your heart. Otherwise, it can be an old favorite story, something you’ve been wanting to read for a while and haven’t had the opportunity to, or just whatever you happen to have sitting on your nightstand. Usually getting caught up in a story helps diminish any negative outlooks on life.

Eat Sour Candy //

It’s hard to focus on the bad – or anything at all – when your mouth is puckering from a Warhead or Cry Baby candy. This was actually a suggestion from a therapist I saw in high school. He recommended I keep sour candies in my desk at work when I was dealing with panic attacks. It helped more than I can even explain properly, and still to this day is something I utilize when I need a distraction.

Talk it Out //

If all else fails, talk about it. Pray, call a friend, write in a journal. Let the feelings just flow, but keep in mind that most situations that cause a bad day are temporary, and in the long run, letting them capture your attention for too long won’t be healthy for anyone (especially yourself). You deserve to release those bad thoughts back out into the wild and move on with your life in a positive manner. So once you’ve talked it out, move forward!

What are your tips for combatting a bad day?


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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Julia Comil
    March 11, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Love sour candies to cheer me up!! Such great tips!

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    Adriana Renee
    March 11, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Love this! Definitely need this today because the time change did me wrong and I’m cranky!

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    Donna
    March 11, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Thanks for these tips. So helpful!

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    Mistle
    March 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Recently I had several bad days because of a coworker. It was so hard for me to get out of my funk but I finally did it. I was like I can not let this take over my life. I am all about dance parties!!! I also love working out to help me feel better. Glad you’re having some better days girl!

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    Lyddiegal
    March 11, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Thanks for sharing! We all have bad days or fall into a funk sometimes. I love the idea of lifting other people up as a way to help yourself!
    Chic on the Cheap

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    Dominika
    March 11, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    I love those tips!
    Did you know there’s actually a tea brand in the UK called Positivitea? 😊 I really like their teas.

    Lighting a candle and reading a book definitely makes me feel better if I had a bad day.

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    Tanvi Rastogi
    March 11, 2019 at 5:05 PM

    Love your tips … we all need to find a way to get through one of those days. More often than not a good workout lifts my mood.

    ❥ tanvii.com

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    Lee
    March 11, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Such a great post! That sour candy one is really interesting; I naturally do gravitate towards sour candies when im stressed and I wonder if it is because of this distraction effect it has. That’s so interesting!

  • Reply
    Hillary Conheady
    March 11, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    I totally needed this on this dreary Monday!! I love the idea of buying yourself a treat! Retail therapy is REAL haha!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    March 11, 2019 at 8:22 PM

    Bad days are the worsttttt! Love all of your tips!! I love cuddling up in bed and watching a rom com when I’m having a bad day!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

  • Reply
    Beth
    March 11, 2019 at 8:46 PM

    These are all great tips! I love immersing myself in a book and just forgetting about everything else. I also LOVE to soak in a hot bath when life gets stressful.

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    Monica
    March 11, 2019 at 9:10 PM

    Reading is such a great escape when I’m having a bad day! Take me to a land far, far away! Also — my mouth totally started watering when I read about your tip to eat sour Warheads! lol I LOVE sour candy.

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    Lily
    March 11, 2019 at 10:42 PM

    I love the idea of listing the best things in your life. Bad days can be so rough, so this is a great list of suggestions.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    March 11, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Great tips, which I’ve needed recently, having started a new (temporary) job! I love the sour candy suggestion 🙂

  • Reply
    Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    March 12, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    I love these tips! Reading and talking to someone about it always helps me.

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    Kileen
    March 12, 2019 at 1:01 AM

    These are awesome tips, and I love the tip about sour candy! I’ve never heard of that one, thanks for sharing!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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    Deanie
    March 12, 2019 at 1:10 AM

    Great tips! A workout always helps improve my mood on a bad day.
    Xo, Deanie
    Deanie Michelle

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    Nataly
    March 12, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    These are all good tips! I will have to refer to this next time I am having a bad day. Workouts or taking a bath always help me!

  • Reply
    Carolyn
    March 12, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    These are all so great! I find after a bath, a tv show, and some of these items in your list, I feel a lot better. Hope your days start getting better girl!

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    Becky @ Disney in your Day
    March 12, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    I really like the idea of texting encouragement to a friend. I think lifting other people up can definitely help us lift ourselves up.

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    Anna English
    March 12, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    I love the idea of talking it out! My sister is my go-to person for bad days, and she always helps me find positive wins!

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    Jiawun | Beauty Nerd By Night
    March 12, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Heh, I chuckled at Positivitea. Also, the sour candy tip is the most unique one I’ve ever heard and it makes a lot of sense! I’m definitely keeping a pack of sour candies in my drawers!

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    Morgan
    March 12, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    I like the tip about reading!! Sometimes watching TV or getting on social media can put me into an even further bad mood so it’s best to stay away from those during that time!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    Liz
    March 12, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    What a great post! Dance parties and singing at the top of my lungs to upbeat music always helps 😉

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    Katie
    March 12, 2019 at 12:38 PM

    I love these tips! I will have to remember dance parties and sour candy!

  • Reply
    Tonya Morris
    March 12, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    I love all of these suggestions! I definitely want to get some Positivitea now!

  • Reply
    Kenzi
    March 12, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    I love this! Sometimes it really is the littlest things that can make such a difference. Great read!

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    Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    March 12, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    These are all great tips! I LOVE turning the music up loud and having a dance party when I’ve had a bad day. That always cheers me up!

  • Reply
    Megan
    March 12, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    I love all of these tips. They are all so good and will definitely help someone out.

  • Reply
    Greta
    March 12, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    A glass of wine and my favorite TV show snuggling with my pups does the trick! Also going for a walk!

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    Jordyn
    March 13, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    These are all great tips for combatting a bad day. If I am having a bad day I like to go for a run, or take a bath and read a good book!

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    Taylor Mobley
    March 13, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    I’m all for dance parties!!!!!! I totally embrace that when I’m having a bad day.

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    Laura Leigh
    March 13, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    I absolutely love this post lady. Such a good on and all of these ideas are brilliant. Some I never thing of but would totally help me get out of a bad day funk. Thanks for sharing this!! You’re truly the sweetest for doing so.

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

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    Jamaria Johnson
    March 13, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    These are such great tips! I love eating candy or writing, or talking to a friend when I’m having a bad day. My favorite tv show also brings me comfort! Xo

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    JASMINE VARGAS
    March 14, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    So many great ways to turn a bad day into a good day.

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    Sarah Lennon
    March 14, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Mine is taking a bath and drinking a glass of wine, lol! Great tips, thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah Lindner
    March 14, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Sour candies and donut’s always make my bad days better!

    xoxo Sarah

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    Marlene
    March 14, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    I love these tips! Practical and useful. Dancing is a good one I use too

  • Reply
    Sonika
    March 14, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    So many great tips here!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Azanique Rawl
    March 15, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Buying myself a treat and snuggling up with a good book is always a fix for me. Thanks for sharing these tips babe 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

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    Laura
    March 18, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    These are such awesome tips – we’ve all been there! Sometimes letting it out to someone you trust is the best way to handle it!

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