8 Ways to Deal with a Lousy, No-Good, Rotten Bad Day

Rough days present themselves in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  Some come with low self-esteem from a poor work evaluation, a failed assignment, or a fight with your significant other.  Other days you’re running late the whole day, stressed and overwhelmed and not a single thing seems to go right. Whatever happens, we all have those days–downright rough lousy no-good days.

mondays day day

Bad Day – Photo Credit, Dawn

So I have some strategies to make your day better! And none of that “there are people who have it worse than you” advice. While that’s totally true, it does absolutely NOTHING to make me feel any better. I bet it doesn’t make you feel any better either. Guilty maybe, but definitely not better since I find comparing yourselves to others is never helpful.

Keep in mind these may not all work for you, but I’ve found them extremely helpful and I wanted to share in case even one of these suggestions can help your day get a little better.

1. Music

Peppy music to lift your spirits, soothing music to calm your mind, rock music to make you feel like a bad ass, or any song you can sing at the top of your lungs.

2. Remember Who You Are

You are awesome. You do so many good things in your life. Don’t forget it! Remind yourself of the good things you’ve done today (or this week, or this life) or look at how much you’ve accomplished. Just remember, don’t compare yourself to others, only compare your own personal progress.

3. Pump Yourself Up

We say in my house, “Get jazzed.” Drink some coffee, pump up the jams, watch an inspiring video, find something that makes you say “Yes, I can do this!”

For example, recently I had a bad day at work (I deliver the mail in case you didn’t know). It’s raining, I’ve walked about 10 miles already, I’m having some feminine troubles (which makes everything worse), and my boss tells me I have to go back out in the rain for another hour. I just kept telling myself over and over in my head, “You can do this, you can do this, you are strong, just a little further, push through it, a warm bed is waiting at home, YOU CAN DO THIS.” Sounds silly, but it helped me get through.

4. Recognize Those Who Help You

When you’re having a bad day, sometimes it just takes one person to do something nice to turn it around. Recognize that. Appreciate that. Don’t just focus on the negativity. Don’t ignore those who help you.  Allow that niceness to seep into you.

It may be a coworker who offers to finish a task for you, or a friend who brings you funny movies and a whole carton of ice cream. Maybe it’s a total stranger who helps you when you’re a little short on change at the grocery store. Whoever it is, and whatever they do, say thanks and smile.

happy day

Photo Credit, Vinoth Chandar

5. Tomorrow Will Be Better

You’ve had bad days before, right? And you got through those, right? I’m guessing so since you’ve alive and well enough to be reading this.  It’s likely this bad day will be like the others and tomorrow will be better.

“When life is a bitter pill to swallow
You gotta hold on to what you believe
Believe that the sun will shine tomorrow”

-Bon Jovi

6. Go to Bed Early

Sometimes things are too bad to get any better (or you’re too exhausted and drained to try). In these times it’s okay to give up on the day and just go to bed, even if it’s hours before your normal bedtime.  Remember, tomorrow will be better.

7. Don’t Hold It All In

Let the negativity out! Sweat it out, sing at the top of your lungs, or have a quick cry in the bathroom. I’ve done all of these things and every time it helps me. Granted, crying may seem overly dramatic, but some days you’re just so overwhelmed with bad emotions that the tears start rolling.

The important point to know here is DON’T let your frustrations out on other people.  That will only make things worse. Trust me, I’ve done that too and it is not a good strategy to make anyone’s day better.

8. Exercise

Go for casual walk or work up a sweat at the gym, as long as you get moving. Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy!

happy dog

Photo Credit, Britt Selvitelle

Have any suggestions to add to the list? Put them in the comments below! What works for you may help someone else. And I hope your bad day gets better!


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