“It’s just been one of those days,” we sometimes bemoan, shrugging our shoulders hopelessly. After all, sometimes things happen that are completely out of our control, and some days they all seem to happen at the same time – making us wish we’d decided to simply stay in bed! But the truth is, there really are steps we can all take to turn those difficult days around, and even find purpose and meaning in our challenging experiences.
The next time you find yourself spiraling in negativity over the circumstances of your day, try these tips:
- Take it one step at a time. Multitasking is highly overrated! Often the feeling of having a bad day ensues from being overwhelmed, from taking on too much at once. Setting some boundaries to focus on only one task at a time can actually improve productivity and provide a feeling of accomplishment.
- Try distancing. The art of distancing takes practice to develop, but can be extremely helpful in keeping things in the proper perspective. First, consider the impact a particular frustration you’re experiencing will have a month from now – or a year from now. Then, think about the advice you’d offer to a friend in a similar situation to come up with an objective solution.
- Be grateful. It’s hard to hold onto negative thinking when making a conscious effort to appreciate the positives, regardless of how seemingly insignificant they may be. End each day with a self-reminder of the top five things you encountered throughout the day. And keeping a log is a great way to bring positives back to the forefront of your mind on particularly difficult days.
- Carve out “me” time. While it can seem impossible to actually take time for self-care with so many other priorities vying for our attention, it’s crucial to both our mental and physical health. Schedule blocks of uninterrupted time to enjoy a relaxing activity, and adhere to those times as you would any other important to-do on your agenda.
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