How to break the bad day syndrome! by Jen McSorley

A bad day can send you over the edge and make you feel like you are spiraling out of control.  When a bad day occurs, we feel like everything is tumbling out of control and it only gets worse as we sink ourselves further into frustration.  Some days you just want to throw in the towel, crawl back in bed and through the covers over our heads.

In order to break this cycle and really achieve mental balance, you should try to make a habit of reminding yourself what is really important!

Don’t lose sight of what truly matters. When we’re having a bad day, we seem to zoom in on petty things and complain about them. Next time you’re pulling your hair out over something, ask yourself if it really matters.

It is okay to be alone or pull back from the world. Sometimes we just need to step back and re-evaluate a situation, a relationship, or just life in general. Take the time to pull back and spend quality time with yourself every now and then.

You are not always in control. You cannot predict when certain things will or should happen, or how everything will turn out. Sometimes you just have to stop pushing and let go.

What other people think is irrelevant. Stop being a tied down by the opinions of others. Sometimes you try so hard to please others that you forget that “you” are the most important.”  Don’t let your immediate reaction to criticism be to change whatever it is you’re being criticized for. Do whatever feels right to you, regardless of what other people have to say about it.

Don’t give up. If you’re fighting for something that means a lot to you, do not stop fighting whenever you happen to fall short. Remember why you are fighting for it.

You don’t have to know all the answers. No one ever has life all figured out. We are always learning and growing. Life itself is a mystery and it’s okay to feel clueless sometimes.

You are enough. All of us have had times in our lives where we have thought, “I’m not smart enough or pretty enough or strong enough or exciting enough.” Give yourself a chance instead of forming limiting beliefs.

Stay present. Try not to dwell on the past or worry about the future. Take everything one day at a time.

Your feelings will not kill you.Heartbreak, grief, depression, or resentment might make you feel like you’re dead, but you have the strength to get through whatever life throws at you. Hold on and see yourself through it.

You are human. This is probably the biggest reminder of them all. You will make mistakes. You will hurt other people and other people will hurt you. You won’t always feel happy and positive. Next time you feel the urge to beat yourself up over any of these things, remind yourself that you are an imperfect human being instead.

There will always be bad days over the course of our lives.  The key is to have the tools to look past those days and remember not to let the little things get us down.  There is always a light at the end of the tunnel…you just have to continue to look forwards towards it.


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