Let’s face it. Some days are hard, and some seem to just get harder and harder as the day goes on.
One thing happens and then next thing you know your day is spiraling out of control and you’re at your wits end.
I get it. This happens to me more times than I’d like to admit.
Here’s what has helped me turn those days around quickly.
1. Vent to a Friend
If you have someone you trust that will listen to you vent over stupid things, then give them a call and just let it out. Sometimes it helps by just vocalizing your feelings and frustrations to someone who will actually listen. If you need them to listen and not fix things, then state that at the beginning. If you want some advice and help navigating your frustrations, then let them know before you start venting. This will help keep you from getting more frustrated.
So many times, I’ve felt 10x better after just venting to my friend about my day. Sometimes she gives me advice and sometimes she just listens. Either way it makes me feel better.
If you don’t have a friend, you can vent to you can feel free to email me. No judgement, just a listening ear. (Make sure you let me know if you just want to vent or if you would like advice if I have it. I tend to throw advice out like its candy at a parade, but I can muzzle it if needed, so let me know!)
2. Move On
I know this seems weird but sometimes you just need to let things go and move on. We tend to give things more power in and over our lives than they deserve. It’ can be very hard to let things go especially when you’re in the middle of your frustration so I suggest trying out one of the suggestions below and while you’re feeling your frustration lower try to mentally move on.
3. Go Outside
Sometimes just going for a walk and getting some fresh air can make the word of difference for you. I’m not sure why or how this works, but it does. The other day we were headed to the pumpkin patch and I had the worst morning before we left the house. It was so hectic that I didn’t have enough time to get myself ready, so I left the house looking like a hot mess.
Not only was I feeling beyond ‘blah’ but because of it I was letting every little thing get to me. To say I was mad was an understatement. When we got to the pumpkin patch I was fuming. Within minutes of being outdoors and getting some fresh air I could literally feel my anger melt away.
So, go outside, sit in the sun, or take a walk. Just get outside for a few minutes.
4. Take a Nap
I think I can hear you laughing right now, but hear me out. How many times have you noticed your toddler throwing a fit or getting upset over the smallest things and the first thing you think is, “Dang! That kid needs a nap!”
Well, as adults we are no different. When we take a nap we are not only calming our mind but also our physical body. This will help dissipate the extra adrenalin you have in your system and bring you back to a calmer state.
Sometimes all you need is a good nap.
5. Take a Shower or Bath
When we experience anger our bodies become tense. That’s why when you go get a massage they can tell if you’ve been stressed lately because your body is more tense. When you take a shower or bath the hot water will help relax your muscles which will in turn also relax your mind.
6. Get Dressed
Even if you have nowhere to go, get dressed. I don’t mean you have to get out of your yoga pants, but at least throw on a cute shirt with a cardigan, fix your hair, put on a little mascara, and maybe throw on a necklace. It doesn’t have to be much just enough to make you feel better. This will also help boost your mood all day and help you be more productive, motivated, and optimistic.
7. List What You’re Grateful For
Take some time and write down 10 things your grateful for. Go beyond your income, home, health, and food. We all know you’re grateful for that. Come up with 10 deeper things your grateful for. Ex. My daughters laugh, a supportive husband, a best friend who listens to me, a church I feel at home at, etc.
Life can be hard, and motherhood is no exception. So when you have one of those days that makes you want to crawl into a ball and just die, try out some of these tips to help turn your day around.
For more ways to help snap out of a bad mood read my post ‘5 Ways to Snap Out of a Bad Mood’