Everyone has those bad days where everything seems to be spinning out of control, you feel super stressed out, the house is a mess, you’re cranky, the chores seem endless, your little one is pressing every button and you’re on the verge of a complete meltdown.
Sometimes, if you’re having a glum day you may feel like it’s impossible to turn it around. Rest assured, there are actually some easy things you can do to boost your mood and turn that rotten day into a better one and really quickly too. I have actually tried and tested all of these, some of them have left me crying with laughter!
Here are 10 ways to turn a bad day around:
1. Tantrum on the floor too – The next time your toddler has a tantrum and cries, throw yourself on the floor and pretend to tantrum too. Put some welly into it. I bet you’ll end up laughing and feel better for it.
2. Laugh out loud – On purpose. Right now. You’ll feel so silly but you’ll also find it funny. Laughter really is the best medicine.
3. Do some star jumps – It’s funny how great this makes you feel.
4. Put on a cheesy song and dance around the room – Include your toddler. Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, it doesn’t matter what your song choice is. Just make sure you dance, sing and be silly.
5. Go outside and have a walk – Fresh air when you’re in a bad mood is amazing. Don’t go out for a purpose, you’ll end up feeling more stressed. Go for a simple walk, whether it’s just around the block or somewhere peaceful and pretty.
6. Have a cold shower – Cool water is so surprisingly refreshing when you’re having a bad day and is actually proven to give you more energy and to improve your mood.
7. Deep breathing – In through your nose, out through your mouth. It not only relaxes you, but it gives you some extra time to put things in perspective.
8. Watch funny youtube videos – Whether it’s talking animals, epic fails or people singing badly, they’re sure to perk you up.
9. Exercise – It releases endorphins, gives you energy and is proven to fight the blues. Try some of these short burst exercises to start you off: ‘3 Exercises For Busy Mums’.
10. Be grateful – State ten things that you’re grateful for right now. Make sure you say them out loud so that you can hear your voice. It really confirms that you mean them. Examples: I’m so grateful to have a healthy child right now. I’m so grateful for the fresh air. I am so grateful to have clothes on my back.
Have you got any great tips for turning a bad day around? What works for you?