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:

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?



  1. July 9, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Having a nice hot cup of coffee and taking 10 minutes to read a book helps me. Getting lost in someone else’s world for awhile always improves my own – probably because I mostly read thrillers and crime so their worlds are usually not the most pleasant!#brilliantblogposts

    • July 9, 2015 / 9:55 am

      Oh I haven’t even thought about reading. Such a lovely way to relax and wind down too. x

  2. July 9, 2015 / 9:28 am

    Oh I love this – cold shower is a great idea. I also like loud music and dance around like a crazy person lol #brilliantblogposts

    • July 9, 2015 / 9:56 am

      The cold shower one surprised me when I tried it. But wow did it wake me up. It’s scientifically proven to help as well. It boosts your circulation and gets your blood pumping super fast. 🙂 x

  3. July 10, 2015 / 6:42 am

    This is great! Need to dig this out a lot!! I love the toddler tantrum one and the star jump idea lol x #PicnMix

  4. July 10, 2015 / 7:01 am

    Wonderful tips, thanks – we all have bad days (especially when looking after children!). Having two boys, when things got rough I used to head outside – rain or shine, everything feels easier when you’re not cooped up.

    • July 11, 2015 / 3:01 pm

      Fresh air is so nice when you’re having a bad day. I know what you mean, even if it is horrid outside. x

  5. July 10, 2015 / 7:03 am

    Love this post – something everyone should print out and put on the fridge. I’m one for people on music and doing some crazy dancing. Thanks for sharing #TheList

    • July 11, 2015 / 3:01 pm

      Aww thank you so much. I actually have this printed out to remind myself haha. xx

  6. July 10, 2015 / 7:06 am

    I love these! I often crank the music up & dance around like an idiot when I’m feeling cranky, works wonders!!

    • July 11, 2015 / 3:01 pm

      It really helps you to let go doesn’t it. Being silly is the best medicine. x

  7. July 10, 2015 / 8:25 am

    love this! It’s easy to get swept up in a “bad day” when one thing goes wrong! …I love watching some trashy tv 🙂 #PicknMix

    • July 11, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      trashy tv is the best! or a 90’s chick flick! 😀 x

  8. July 10, 2015 / 8:38 am

    Great tips! Wish I’d read this yesterday #thelist

  9. Madeline @ This Glorious Life
    July 10, 2015 / 10:54 am

    Love this list – I actually wrote something similar myself recently! The dancing around to cheesy music bit is definitely something we both agree on! x #TheList

    • July 11, 2015 / 3:03 pm

      thank you! I’m going to go and have a read now! The more ideas to combat a bad day, the better 🙂 x

  10. July 10, 2015 / 11:00 am

    Number 5 is my favourite were lucky we live on the South east cost so have the sea and the country side all 5mins walk away and it’s the best de-stresser

    • July 11, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      Sea air is amazing for a bad mood. Such a lovely breeze! 🙂 x

  11. July 10, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    I like the star jumps and put on cheesy music idea – it’s so easy for things to spiral isn’t it? Especially when you’re tying to get things done I find #picknmix

    • July 11, 2015 / 3:05 pm

      It’s crazy how quickly things become overwhelming when you’ve got lots to do. Definitely try it next time, it’ll give you a giggle! 😀 x

  12. Jenny
    July 10, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Great tips! I often use the get outdoors one for that reason! Being outside instantly makes me happier and calmer and the boys can be loud and run around happily. I didn’t know that cold showers are good for that too! 🙂 x

    • July 11, 2015 / 3:06 pm

      I do cheat with the cold showers! I start off warm and make it cold, but it’s actually scientifically proven to help with depression etc as well. 🙂 Nothing beats being outside though. x

  13. July 11, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Great list! I like the cheesy music. Makes me happy every time. I also a bit of a pig out. I would add eating chocolate (though best to avoid or eat less for Emergency ONlY! and if you don’t have that then eat ice cream. 😉 x #PicknMix

  14. mummyofboygirltwins
    July 12, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    LOVE this 🙂 I often have a little moan and then do some of the above. My fave is to: Go outside and have a walk. This always, always makes me feel better. Fresh air is so good for clearing the head! 🙂 Thanks for linking up and sharing. #SundayStars Jess xx

    • July 14, 2015 / 5:56 pm

      You’re so right, fresh air is so good for clearing the head. Especially when it’s breezy outside. x

  15. July 12, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    For me it’s putting on some music and cleaning! Weirdly as I hate cleaning really, but sometimes I need the mundane to give my brain a rest, and a clean house always puts me in a good mood!

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix lovely 🙂

    Stevie x

    • July 14, 2015 / 5:55 pm

      I’m actually the same, cleaning makes me so happy haha. But as long as I’m left alone to it. 🙂 xx

  16. July 13, 2015 / 10:59 am

    Fab ideas here to really make you feel brighter, I must get into regular exercise again. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts, please do add my badge, thanks

    • July 14, 2015 / 5:58 pm

      Oh I’m so sorry Vicki! I didn’t realise it wasn’t on there. Thank you for letting me know. x

    • July 14, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      Both at the same time would be even better. 😀 x

  17. July 14, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    I love this list! At the moment I feel like doing #1 but will try #5 instead 🙂 I love to run too – all those lovely endorphins definitely help me when I’m having a bad day.

    • July 14, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you!! They really do help. The last thing you feel like doing is exercise, but it’s surprising how great it makes you feel afterwards. x

  18. July 14, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    This is such great advice. I always find exercise and deep breathing help me. I also like the idea of saying what makes you grateful – I’ll have to give that a go next time things get a bit emotional! #TwinklyTuesday

  19. LittleOandme
    July 14, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    Fab post, some great advice here. I find spending some time in the garden clears my head, whether that be just pottering about or doing some gardening, The toddler like it too. Becky xx #TwinklyTuesday

  20. July 14, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Having a tantrum on the floor is so great isn’t it?! Usually then results in a pile on followed by giggles and bad moods forgotten.
    Great tips. Thanks for sharing on #SundayStars

  21. July 16, 2015 / 12:51 am

    Bahaha! Love number one! Even better is the look on my daughter’s face when I do it. Stops the tanty pretty quick. #brillianblogposts

    • July 16, 2015 / 8:44 am

      Haha just a face of complete shock and aww haha. Definitely a good way to put a smile on your face. x

  22. July 16, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Getting outside in the fresh air always works for me. We will go for a walk and it will totally turn the day around. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

    • July 19, 2015 / 2:47 pm

      Fresh air is amazing for moods. A peaceful walk with a nice breeze is my favourite thing to do. x

  23. The L's Mum
    July 20, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Great post and all amazing suggestions. I will definitely try the tantrum one out and regularly get myself outside if I am struggling. Thanks for sharing #MummyMondays

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:30 pm

      I hope it works for you! 😀 At least you’ll have a bit of a giggle tantruming too. xx

  24. July 20, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    What a great list of little pick-me-ups. I love No. 4 – if ever I’m feeling a bit glum I always stick on some music and have a dance around the house. It never fails to cheer me up. 🙂


    • July 22, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      I love doing that. I make sure I shut the curtains first though haha. I’ve had some strange looks from passersby in the past. x

  25. July 22, 2015 / 2:13 am

    These are all great! Breathing is so important…I have a lot of tension in my body so this definitely works!

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:38 pm

      Oh me too. I’ve been trying ‘mindfulness’ apps lately to try and help but my shoulders are always feeling like they’re up to my ears. Deep breathing is so helpful with this. x

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