A bad day is a day when you don’t want to get up from bed, or you simply can’t do or don’t want to do most of the obligations you’re doing any other day. Is not uncommon to feel that way, but you know it will be a disastrous day when you can’t accomplish anything.
I have those types of days regularly, at least once a week. Is the worst feeling in the world. You feel useless and insufficient. You ask yourself how are you able to function on other days and how are you even alive. Your train of thoughts seems to run into a wall and the mountain is collapsing over it.
I’m having one of those days as I write this article. Is not the end of the world, but is not pleasant either.
Is hard to even get up from the bed and function like a normal person.
But you somehow get through the day and fake it so you don’t scare your loved ones.
I had learned in the past years that those days can be a little better if you get up and do even a bit of work for yourself. Like writing an article about that so you can scare strangers on the internet.
Or you can do something that brings you joy on any other day of the week.
I’m not talking about a full day of exercise or trying to overturn your government. Even one small action can drive you traction for the day and adjust some of your mental health.
Your primary step is to acknowledge you have a bad day. You need to pinpoint what your feelings are, and you need to prepare for that kind of day.
The following step is to prepare a plan for the day first thing in the morning. You don’t need to write how your day will be. Instead, write just 4 items and concentrate on them.
If you don’t know what to do, you can look at one of the points I do on those days:
Stay in bed a little longer (if you can) and read something that you know is going to make you feel positive. 3 pages of your favorite writer, 1 piece of your favorite author. You can even read a few messages from someone who you care about.
Get up and take care of yourself. Shower, eat something and change into some nice clothes. But for the love of God, just eat. I know, you are not hungry; you don’t feel like eating or even thinking about preparing something is making you sick, but that’s the point. Make some eggs, for example.
Work out for half an hour. Is not much, and it doesn’t have to be. Working out will make you feel a little more positive, and your mood can go straight up.
Call a friend and ask them for a coffee or beer or something else you enjoy. If it’s a good friend, you don’t have to worry they will say “no”, right? I know you don’t wish to meet anyone today and you don’t crave to leave your house, but believe me, the hardest thing to do is to get out of the door. You know that is a solid friendship and you will lose yourself in all the shit-talk. You will not know when the time passed.
Do you remember how you start your day? Reading. That’s how you will end it. You need to ask again for your favorite writer to come to rescue you. Don’t make the mistake to go on social media or some app with endless scroll. You can do that tomorrow or the day after. For now, settle with a couple of pages and relax for now because what was worst has already passed.
The feeling is still there, sadly. Your head seems blurry and heavy like it was at the beginning of the day. You know it will come back again in a few days if you’re lucky.
But you make it to the end of today, and that’s a positive outlook. You manage to make your day a little bit better and that’s all that matters.
I’m cheering for you and I admire your remarkable force to do just one, if not all the things on the list.
Tomorrow will be better, I promise you. And if tomorrow is not great, at least you can watch your bad day in the eye and laugh at it. You survived. You always do.