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10 ways to fight a bad day

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2015 | 10:00 AM

We all have bad days. Though the popular American songwriter Marty Robbins notes, "Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun's shining or not", some days we do feel like things couldn't get any worse and we just want things to turn ...

1. Start with a prayer

Sometimes when you wake up and you are feeling low, saying a prayer goes a far way. Saying 'Lord help me through', and believing that He will might not eliminate the problems, but makes you know you are not alone and feel a bit more capable of tackling them.

 

2. Everything happens for a reason

Things might happen that are out of your control and it is natural if these get you frustrated or disappointed. But sometimes you have to tell yourself things happen for a reason. What might appear to be a setback might very well be a blessing, so try to keep a positive attitude.

 

3. Do not be a control freak

Yes, some of us might feel more comfortable scheduling every minute of our lives, but sometimes when things don't happen in that order, we tend to lose track and get frustrated. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches. Life is not set up in a way that we can allow you to predict everything. Try to be a little spontaneous.

 

4. Remember, 'he who angers you controls you'

If you let the things that individuals do anger you, then you are giving them licence to control your life. No one should be given that power over your life.

 

5. Gossip

Close your ears to office politics and gossip. Things have a way of subconsciously affecting us, so we have to steer away from negative conversations and entertain only positivity in our lives.

 

6. Take your lunch break

Frequently, many of us cut down our lunchtime for the job. And while it is understandable from time to time, on a bad day, you need that break. Take the hour to eat, read something, listen to some music, or just have some 'me' time. The constant rush might have you flustered and keep you on edge.

 

7. Take a breather

Do not forget to use the restroom. Take a five- or 10-minute break just to breathe, use the restroom and just slow your day to a more natural pace.

 

8. Accept that bad things do happen

Bad things do happen. Just accept that they do and it will be easier to face and handle them.

 

9. Indulge yourself

When you are heading home, get your favourite ice cream or favourite slice of cake and indulge. If food is not your comfort, pick up your favourite book. Take the time to do something that you truly enjoy, even if it is for just 15 minutes.

 

10. You make your day

Remember that you are the one who actually controls your day. If your day started badly, you have the ability to change it. So irrespective of what might come your way, decide that you are going to have a good day, and you will.