Physical activity. It is one of the best cures for a bad day. Just go for a walk or a run. If your mind is running in circles over the same loop of upsetting issues, this is an option for fixing it. If you are walking - it is a meditative process. After 20 minutes you starting getting into a different mood and paying attention to what’s around you - getting destructed from from the pervasive thoughts. If you do make a decision to run, you body will force you to focus on your breathing rather than your problems and this gives you a different perspective too. See how you feel about your day after a run. In general, it is likely you are not getting enough exercise anyway. Even if your day is not bad, you can use exercise as a pre-emptive measure for bad days, but also for maintaining optimal health.
Shift your focus. Go for a cold shower. This is a totally unreasonable suggestion and if you are an unreasonable person, try it. This will allow you to live the expression: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Your plan here was likely to continue thinking about your problems and this drab day, but know, cold water will deliver you the punch completely emptying your mind of this lovely flow of negative emotions. The second it touches your skin you forget literally everything. If you are out of control and crazy, stay there for 3 to 5 minutes, and the only thing on your mind will be “I will never do it again again” thought. Just like running, it shifts your focus and helps you stay on track for your goals. It may have sounded like I was joking about cold showers. I was not.
Follow your schedule. Or simply, do your daily little things that you thought through and pre-planned before. Well before. When you were not very thoughtful about how you would feel right before you have to do what’s on your calendar. It was a means of getting you somewhere. But now you don’t feel like doing this. You are tired, it is stressful and you just dropped a glass with red wine on the floor. At least it wasn’t a carpet. But if you adopt the philosophy of doing what’s on your calendar, you pick up your ass and go. At least in theory.
A nightly review of your calendar entries for tomorrow is a good practice. What I have started doing as of late is actually review my calendar for the week in the beginning of the week and then every day to see what’s happening over the next 2 days. You booked an appointment that you need to pre-qualify the day before. If you discover this the night before the appointment, it is kind of too late. You have just decreased your chances of winning. This mistake is especially easy to make for Monday appointments that you have no pre-qualified yet. I want a reminder of what I need to be ready for at least a couple of days prior.
Review your goals and affirmations. Are you writing your goals every day? The answer for most people is a no. Why not? It takes less than 5 minutes to do and it is a daily reminder of why you planned what you did in the first place. Get a legal pad and just write out your goals first thing in the morning. Whether you want to make $100,000 next quarter or get on a new and exciting 6 month exercise routine, writing down your goals daily will help you stay on track and motivated. Did you hear the quote: “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”? While you are writing your goals down you are running movies in your head trying to come up with the execution plan plus and may be first you are getting your subconscious mind to work on the solution as well. And even if your plans don’t exactly work out, you can move on to the next opportunity knowing that you gave yourself a chance. You don’t win without a plan.
Is this under your control? We don’t get to control what is happening to us, but we can control how we react to it. When you have a bad day, the first thing you ask yourself is whether this is the issue you can do something about. What can you do about a snowfall? You can clean your driveway. You can stay home and cancel appointments. You can go skiing. You can’t stop the snow from falling, but you can react in many different ways. A snowfall is not good or bad. It kind of just is. You can get pissed, stay home and sulk or turn it into a pleasant day you will remember. Here the choice is simple and as always it is yours.
How do you know you are having a bad day? If you have been working hard on writing a blog on a Saturday morning for a few hours and everything that is coming out is just horrible and you are ending up rewriting it 20 times and it still not coming out right and your cat is demanding cat food you need to go buy and it is minus 20 outside and the lead you were thinking was solid just yelled at you on the phone. This is likely a bad day. For many. Go to one of the previous points and start pushing on the cogs that will turn your day around.