Every day can’t be a good day, so if you’re having a bad day, it’s important to keep clear of these things that will only make it worse.
All of us have bad days, bad weeks, or even bad months. It’s times when our circumstances seem to trap us into this spiral of stress and negativity that ultimately puts us in a bad mood. Most advice on this subject aims at what you should do to feel better, but no one really talks about things you have to avoid. While thinking positively is always a good thing, it doesn’t help much when the things that are bringing you down negate this positivity. Here are things to avoid if you are having a bad day.
- Staying in your head. Sometimes the number one enemy is you. We tend to focus on what isn’t going well, and replay negative situations and outcomes. Self-pity can be very dangerous, so instead of staying in your head, do activities that bring you joy: reading, drawing, equations, or doing yoga!
- Simmering in entitlement. Feeling like the world owes you something for some reason is an easy way to find yourself in a bad mood. The world doesn’t owe a thing. Instead of feeling like a victim, be grateful for what is working in your life and appreciate that.
- Eating your feelings away. It may feel good to eat an entire tub of ice cream at the moment, but as soon as the comfort food is in your belly, guilt and shame set in. The empty calories! Oh, the humanity! A study found that women who were concerned about their eating behavior reported their moods worsened after eating their feelings away.