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Bust Up a Bad Day with These 7 Ideas

In the midst of a funky day you can’t seem to shake?

We’ve all been there.

I was there yesterday in fact. Had a little headache. Was grumpy at the drivers who cut me off on the way to the grocery store. Frustrated that the pop can return machine was slow [real mature of me, huh?]. A bit overwhelmed with a work project. And to be honest, a little worried about “the future” [because it just seems so vast and confusing sometimes!].

Here’s what seemed to help…

7 Ideas to Bust Up Your Bad Day


– 1 — Open up!

Tell someone (a trusted friend) what’s bumming you out, bringing you down, frustrating you. No use stewing about it in isolation.

Of course this isn’t a free pass to dump negativity on your friends. Simply let them know you’re struggling a bit and could use a listening ear or a hand up. A good friend has a way of sitting with you in the confusion and more than likely has a few tricks for making you feel better.

– 2 — Encourage someone else!

Shift your focus from what’s leaving you blue to those who need your help.

Take a bouquet of flowers or balloons at the hospital and ask the nurses to give them to a patient who needs them the most. Do a family member’s or neighbor’s chore. Send a card to someone who needs a pick-me-up.

– 3 — Whatcha eating?

It’s possible that I consumed 1/2 lb of fudge [and pie, cake, ice cream] while camping this past weekend. No wonder I began the week on the wrong foot. After I ate a chai seed cherry yogurt and a fried egg I felt better almost immediately.

Take a look at what you’re eating. I’m pretty sure it can effect your mood. If your snacks or meals contain a lot of junk food — switch it up. Add in some healthy, whole foods.

This strawberry smoothie or this peanut butter banana smoothie from Joy just might perk you up. [And water — go grab a big glass of happy hydration.]

A google search for ‘mood boosting foods’ will help too.

– 4 — Move it, move it!

Is your body feeling the tension of your stormy mood? Time to stretch, breathe deeply, and move around.

Shake your bad day with a big stretch, a walk, or a brisk run.

– 5 — Is it nap time?

Sometimes a 15-20 minute nap is just enough to re-set my head and heart. When you wake up, it’s like you have another fresh start.

There’s something about napping that literally puts your worries to rest. Give it a try!

– 6 — Ignore it!

Whatever’s bothering you today — put it out of your mind.

Tell yourself you’re just “thinking crazy” and that you’ll probably feel better in a few hours or after a good nights sleep. I don’t have a scientific reason why this seems to make me feel better, but it does.

Of course this doesn’t work when things are seriously wrong (sick family member, loss of your job, etc.) but it seems to shift the mindset during a tiny bummer of a day.

– 7 — Words

Surround yourself with words that matter. Words that are true and up-lifting. Written or sung. It’ll give you something to focus on besides the commotion in your mind.

I’m clinging to this: “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands…” Psalms 31: 14-15a

What’s on your mind?

If we haven’t connected yet [or even if we have] now’s the perfect time to tell me what’s on your mind. Send me an e-mail at alysa [at] kitchenfellowship [dot] com — OR leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re facing today.

Image CC via Agustín Ruiz

**This blog post isn’t meant to diagnose or treat serious illness. It’s simply for your information and shouldn’t replace the advice of a licensed health professional**

4 comments… add one

  • Katy July 31, 2014, 9:31 pm

    Funny this should land in my inbox today… Nothing is truly wrong, just one of those days when life seems to be beating me over the head as I try to go about my business. SO, I’m deciding to take your advice at #2 and spread some encouragement.

    I’ve been meaning to hop on here and let you know that practicing your philosophy of fellowship and meaningful relationships is changing my life! So far this year, I’ve brought dinner to 2 neighbors who were having medical challenges and consequently made some wonderful friends in the process. One family in particular has become wonderful compilation of friends, babysitters, puppy purveyors, dog-sitters, puppy playmate, etc. I rang a doorbell of a house I saw in my neighborhood with tiny bikes in the yard hoping to make a “mom” friend, and recently I met a woman who ran out of her house to say “this is weird, but I see you have kids and I have a kid and I’m new to the area, can we get together?” We did and it was great! I would have thought to do all of these things before but very much doubt I would’ve actually turned thought into action without your encouragement.

    The other blogs you reference such as becoming minimalist are helping me become inspired to clean out our piles of “stuff,” donate, and just generally breathe a little easier. The For the Creators blog has inspired me to give up all the crafting creations I don’t actually enjoy and use my 40 minutes of free time per day to sing opera in my basement which is so completely fulfilling for me. (sadly, my own blog has suffered for Mozart, but there’s only so much time in the day…) This is prompting me to think about opening my own voice studio next year which has been a secret dream of mine for awhile.

    So, even though one little minion just dumped his entire bag of popcorn into my lap, the other has un-packed 2 suitcases and unfolded piles of clothes in an attempt to “help get ready for Michigan,” I feel guilty that they’re watching too much TV today and am aware I’m the one turning it on, it started raining just as I was about to pile everyone outside, I’m surrounded by mess and chaos (and it’s just one of those, ahem, bad days generally), once again, you’re right! Taking a minute to tell someone something encouraging made my stressful day just a little better.

    AND, I wanted to recommend a book I’m really enjoying: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. It was $2.99 on kindle the other day. I’m going out on a limb to guess that some of your readers who are enjoying a blog about how to branch out and connect with community just might be introverts. I’m an introvert, although some would never guess, and I love this book. My husband the ultimate extrovert is laughing at how true the parts I read aloud to him with a “see???” apply to his wife.

    I hope everyone is having a lovely day!!

    • Alysa August 1, 2014, 12:50 pm

      Aw Katy!! This comment is a huge virtual hug. Loved every word. We’ve all been there – it’s that feeling that nothing’s really ‘wrong’ but something just doesn’t feel altogether right.

      I’m so encouraged to hear your stories of meeting the people in your neighborhood! Go you!

      Becoming Minimalist has also inspired me this year. Our house is feeling so much more of a home these days because I’ve thrown out so much junk. And For the Creators? I want to high five her after reading all her blog posts. Her words are so helpful. I’ve seen that you’ve been pinning a few voice studio ideas and I’m thrilled for you. We should definitely talk business + dreams sometime soon. GAHHH – excited for you.

      Popcorn and packing saga, huh? Oh Katy!! Hope the MI vacation is mega refreshing for you.

      My friend Erin just posted a quote from ‘Quiet’ that I liked. I’ll have to pick it up from the library. Thanks for sharing the recommendation.

      Take care!

  • Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life August 5, 2014, 6:09 pm

    First off, I found your site through Simple Bites and it is such a lovely place. I look forward to following along.

    I think that this is an insightful list. I’ve written a post before about getting out of funk, too. I think our points were pretty similar. It’s funny how sometimes the simplest fixes make the biggest difference. My food choices certainly affect my mood and so drinking some water and eating a healthy snack is often a first step in getting a better attitude. Getting outside is also a big help. If my children and I are struggling with bad attitudes I try to usher everyone outside for some fresh air and exercise. It can do wonders.

    I really appreciate your first suggestion about opening up. Talking over a matter to a friend helps me to work through things and feel like progress is being made, even if the solution is still to be determined.

    • Alysa August 5, 2014, 8:19 pm

      Hi Lisa!! [Can you see me waving to you?] So glad you found me through Simple Bites. Love that site. Really looking forward to connecting with you.

      What a great website you have! The first post grabbed my attention instantly! My husband and I are about to spend a few days camping on a rustic island! We’ll definitely need to pack our food in. Thanks for the meal suggestions.

      I work from home – so you’d think it’d be easy to get outside every day. Some days dinner time rolls around and I’m left wondering why I haven’t set foot outside!

      Love your thoughts about opening up to friends! That’s just it — sometimes they help you solve problems, other times their presence and care is all that matters.

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