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How to Find the Bright Spots on Your Dark Days

by Ashley on April 3, 2012 · 0 comments

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As soon as my alarm went off this morning, I felt cranky and annoyed. The dog had way too much energy and would not stop bouncing up and down, trying to play. There was nothing good for breakfast, it was raining, and my to-do list was three pages long.

I knew I didn’t make some changes quick, the bad mood would take over and ruin my entire day.

Whenever I’m in a bad mood, it’s so easy for me to fall into a slump and wallow for hours. I don’t feel like talking to anyone and it seems like the grey clouds will never part. I cry, I get grumpy with my boyfriend (not helpful!), and I want to eat a bucket of ice cream.

But over the years I’ve learned a few tricks that help me feel better when I’m stuck in one of those dark days. Of course, these won’t cure every single bad mood, but they often help me find a bright spot, which is the first step.

Make a Grateful List

Focus on the positive things and make a list. I know it sounds cheesy, but I promise it works! Whenever I’m having a bad day I sit down with my favorite journal and pen and write down everything that I’m grateful for in my life. It can be anything, big or small. My mom, the delicious salad and pasta I had for dinner, that I caught all the green lights on my way home, that The Voice is on TV tonight, etc. Usually, by the time I’m through writing my list, I’m already feeling a bit better.

Treat Yourself

When you’re having a bad day, it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself to something a little extra. Maybe it’s that piece of chocolate cake you’ve been craving. Maybe it’s a movie night in bed. Or maybe it’s a bubble bath with candles surrounding you. Just make sure it’s something that will make you feel happy and put at least a tiny smile on your face.

Be Kind

Remember we all have bad days. There are going to be times when we’re cranky, frustrated, and nothing goes our way. That’s okay! I mean, we’re human and life isn’t perfect. But it’s not your fault! Learning to accept the bad days without blaming ourselves is important. I like to stand in front of the mirror and say “You’re having a bad day, and that’s okay. But this isn’t going to last forever and you are still awesome.” And instantly I feel better!

What do you when you’re in a bad mood? How do you find bright spots in your dark days?

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