How often do you wake up in a sunny mood only to realize your alarm didn’t go off and you are sure to be late for work? To make matters worse, you probably can’t find a pair of matching socks or earrings no matter how many you remember buying. If you have kids (or even one tiny tot should do the trick), there are about a hundred different ways it can compound the beginning of an already bad day.
The weight of all your overwhelming tasks and responsibilities will doubtlessly come down on you all at once.
Most of us react the same way to a bad start in our day.
We stress, forget simple things like the usual cheery goodbye to our spouse or kids, move around with a harried expression and brush past people in a robotic hurry.
And as the day gets worse, we blame it to a bad start and almost never stop to consider what we could have done to get back on track.
Few tricks to turn around your day
Prevention is certainly better than cure.
In most cases, we can almost always predict a bad day – when you get to bed late after a night out with some buddies, when you have an endless list of errands to run, when you are forced to spend time with someone you don’t particularly gel with or if you have been having a difficult time coping with a loss of some kind.
Here are a few things you can do to make sure you keep yourself poised for a rough day.
- You can begin by waking up a few minutes later than usual if you can afford it and stay in bed with some breathing exercises. It allows you to calm down and get out of bed with a positive mindset.
- Drink up! It really helps to keep yourself well hydrated. From dawn to dusk, you may be busy at home and at work and may not really have the time to drink enough water to keep you from fatigue and stress. Make an effort to drink as much as you can and you are sure to feel your energy levels increasing and your stress levels coming down. Although large quantities are not necessarily good for you, caffeine too is a great mood enhancer. So grab a soda or a cup of hot or chilled coffee or tea to pep you up during the day.
- Allocating time for a sumptuous breakfast with your friend or family or even a run with your dog in the morning can make all the difference. Beginning your day with a loved one is sure to lift your spirits.
- Both music and movies can relax you. Switch to your favorite stations while driving to beat worrying about the traffic. If you don’t have to be at work, take a little personal time to do anything you want – go to the movies or rent a bunch of movies you’ve been meaning to watch, try out a new recipe, or simply sleep all you want.
Bad days are becoming increasingly common with the current lifestyle, primarily eating and sleeping habits.
Although it’s been said enough, it seems to be a monumental task to get to bed early.
But when you find it affecting your temperament, getting to bed on time and eating right seems to be a small adjustment to our day.
Smiling bag photo by MShades.