If you work full-time, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re a student, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re a living and breathing human being, you know what I’m talking about.
Today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day*. But it’s now go-home-o’clock and you have a choice to make. Either let the bad vibes consume you, or try to grasp on a single ray of sunshine. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of girl who consumes her feelings (happiness, sadness, boredom, etc.) But studies have found that eating mom’s mashed potatoes has little or no more mood lifting capabilities than a Sweetgreens Kale Cesar Salad. I don’t like kale nor crying, so here’s how to recover when all you want to do is bury yourself under the covers.
Make sense of your space.
Getting your life together isn’t just a metaphor. There’s just something so calming about cleaning and organizing. You’re in control and everything is done on your terms. When you’re flustered about a flat tire, cleaning out your linen closet isn’t going to bring you peace. Start small. If I’m not in the mood to clean, I like to play a game. I’ll put away ten items and see how I feel. Usually once I get going, I feel better and get into it. Then you’ll not only have a clear mind, but also be able to see your bedroom floor.
Clean up nicely.
Your surroundings aren’t the only thing that needs sprucing up. If it’s been a rough day, I like to have a fresh start. I’ll take a hot shower to regroup then pick another activity off this list. I prefer to shower at night, but if you’re a morning person or don’t have the option to hop in the tub, clean up in other ways. Wash your face or remove your chipped nail polish.
Set the mood with some candles.
Did you know that scent is the most memory-provoking sense? Lighting a candle or two can bring you back to some good times. Just don’t forget to blow them out when you’re done, otherwise you’re going to have a very bad day tomorrow.
Slip into something a little more comfortable.
If you don’t immediately take your work clothes off the moment you walk in the door, you’re either a crazy person or already work in your pajamas. Bye-bye uncomfortable business casual, hello sweatpants. Being comfy is an instant mood booster, no matter if you’re wearing old sweats or your new Lululemon leggings.
Snuggle up with a hot cup of tea.
Wine not? Because it’s a Wednesday, Carol. Alcohol isn’t going to make you feel better now and especially not tomorrow morning. Make sure you grab your favorite mug and flavor. Mighty Leaf Green Tea with Jasmine is my current favorite, in case you needed to learn something new today (check that off your list!)
Treat yo’ self.
I’m not talking about with a cupcake or glass of wine. But you do you. Only you knows what your body and mind needs. Sometimes when I’m feeling low I go out of my way to feel like a princess. Some weird mood uplifters I’m almost ashamed to admit I’ve tried include:
- Trying out a new bold lipstick
- Lounging around in a face mask
- Taking the time to put lemon and ice into my water
- Using a cute (but impractical) paper straw I bought for entertaining
- Buying myself flowers (okay it was more like a pot of cacti)
Work on your passion project.
From yoga to writing music, working on your hobby requires passion. Channel your energy into creating. It doesn’t matter what the outcome is, working on something that makes you want to get up in the morning will help you wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow.
Curl up with a book.
Cuddling up with your favorite show is always an option, but sometimes it’s better to unplug and use your imagination. Too much screen time late at night will make falling asleep nearly impossible. You already know that your morning routine shouldn’t contain too much caffeine, so shut of the TV long before you need some shuteye.
Work it out with a workout.
Whoever said you shouldn’t run from your problems has never exercised when he or she was upset. Running may not be my favorite fitness activity, but it brings my mind a lot more clarity than digging into a bag of Brownie Brittle. As Elle Woods once said,
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
Phone a friend.
Not to be a Negative Nancy over here but complaining is cathartic. On the days when the world isn’t going my way, I call my mom for her sagely words of wisdom. Which usually involves some sympathy, a pep talk and at least one of the methods I have listed. If you want to kill two birds with one stone (and promise to look both ways when crossing the street), go for a walk while you whine. And they say complaining doesn’t burn calories…
* I can’t be the only one who remembers Alexander’s story.
- What’s your secret to recovering from a bad day?
- Calling my mom is my go-to. But when all else fails, take a nap.
- Where’s your favorite place to buy candles?
- TJ Maxx/Homegoods unless I’m on the hunt for fall candles. Bath & Body Works has some great deals and amazing autumnal scents.
- Are you the kind of person who cleans when your mind needs to be cleared?
- 100% yes. Fortunately I’m always a little stressed out so my apartment doesn’t get too out of control.