Are you currently stuck in the middle of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? If the answer is yes you’ve come to the right place, because here are 5 of my tried-and-tested quick cures for a bad day…
1. “Yoga For A Dull Moment”
Yoga with Adriene is my favourite YouTube channel, and I often repeat the “Yoga for a dull moment” practise if I’m feeling stressed or vulnerable. It’s a gentle yet restorative 13 minute flow, and always helps to calm my mind.
Adriene Mishler has such a warm, friendly screen presence. And you don’t need to be a practised yogi to follow this video – she talks you through each movement, and has a very approachable teaching style.
Exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing, but it’s only 13 minutes. And I promise you will feel SO much better afterwards!
2. Read an Inspiring Book for 15 Minutes
I’m always able to find solace in a book. Here are three mood-boosting suggestions to stockpile for those no good, very bad days:
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne ~ The Secret always makes me believe that anything is possible. And it helps me readjust my mindset whenever I sink into a pattern of negative-thinking.
Rising Strong by Brené Brown ~ This book is all about how to get back up after failure or a period of struggle. It has nursed me through many difficult seasons.
Anything by David Sedaris ~ David Sedaris is my favourite comedic writer. Purchase a book of his essays and read one whenever you’re in need of a little pick-me-up.
3. Watch an Episode of Gilmore Girls
To me, Gilmore Girls acts as a comfort blanket (obviously I’m completely disregarding the awful Netflix revival when I make this statement. And season seven. Ugh, they were both awful). Maybe Stars Hollow isn’t your happy place, but find a show that always makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and turn to it whenever you’re in a dark place.
4. Telephone a Loved One
We spend too much time typing, and not enough time talking. So next time you’re feeling low pick up your phone and actually call someone for a chat.
If you’re lucky enough to have living grandparents why not take 10 minutes out of your day to check in with them? Grandparents are always soooo happy to receive a phone call (which instantly makes you feel like a grade A human for making the effort). Plus, they’re generally home 99% of the time so will be sure to answer your call (unlike your stupid millennial friends, who only communicate via WhatApp)!
5. Take a Walk
I wouldn’t exactly describe the air in London as “fresh”. But taking a brisk walk in the fresh (AKA heavily polluted) air really does help shake off a bad mood. And if you can get into a park you’ll receive even greater benefits.
There is strong research to support the health benefits of time spent outdoors. Green spaces have been proven to improve emotional wellbeing via “reductions in stress, agitation, anger, apathy and depression.” So there’s no excuse not to take a quick walk around your local park!
What are your quick cures for a bad day? Comment below to leave your suggestions…
Photos by Kylie Eyra
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