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How To Feel Better When You Are Having A Bad Day

Stressing out won't make you feel any better.

Here are some expert tips to help you step out of the overwhelming negative emotions and thoughts that you feel on a 'bad day'.

I'm having a bad day! It's a bad day! We often say these lines when things don't go as planned or work in our favour. You may feel grumpy and miserable when you're having a bad day. But stressing out won't make you feel any better. Here are some expert tips to help motivate and inspire you to remain positive on those moody days.

What can one do to feel better on a bad day? We asked Mumbai-based Life Coach Vaishali G. Shah. She is the founder of Your Purpose Company, which aims to empower individuals by tapping their innate potential so that they can have a life filled with purpose and happiness. Shah has coached numerous entrepreneurs, authors, celebrities, musicians and artists.

She answered: Let's first just think! What is a bad day? Did the sun go up and decide that it is going to cause mishaps in your life? Did the 'day' decide it is going to be bad to you? If not, then there is no such thing as a bad day! It is merely a justified way to blame circumstances for your internal frustration and upset, when things don't go your way.

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Having said that, sometimes we experience a feeling of overwhelm when back-to-back many things do not go as planned, causing a turbulent breakdown in our internal mental state. Getting frustrated over the things that you cannot control, like other people's behaviours or any environmental factor is of no use. The only one thing we can control is our reaction to these factors.

Tips to overcome those negative emotions

The Life Coach has some tips to help you step out of the overwhelming negative emotions and thoughts that you feel on a 'bad day'. She said:

  • Stop: Just stopping whatever you are doing will help you re-align yourself and step out of an unproductive day. If you keep going on in a negative state of mind, you will keep attracting more such situations into your life.
  • Rest: Choose to rest by taking a power nap or just sitting quietly for a while. It will help you rejuvenate your mind.
  • Talk to a loved one: Talking to someone who has a non-judging presence and can be empathetic towards your situation will help you get a sense of a burden being lifted from your shoulders.
  • Listen to music: Engaging your auditory senses to stop the flow of your negative thoughts and rush you into a peasant state, works for many people. Listen to soothing music to calm or energetic music to excite yourself.
  • Dance / Walk/ Exercise: Physical movement will help you get out of your head and bring you in touch with reality.
  • Pray: Praying, essentially is bowing down to the 'Universe' and understanding that you do not control everything and that humbling experience will help you let go your need for control.
  • Gratitude graffiti: Doodling is therapeutic but doodling about things that you are grateful for is uplifting.

Shah concluded: One or a combination of these tips may work for you, depending on your psychology. Learning such techniques will help you keep a good level of mental health.

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