Having a Bad Day? Doing One (or All) of These Things Will Instantly Boost Your Mood

Raise your hand if you've ever had a day, week, month or year when you feel like life's out to get you.????

I see all of you reading this are holding up your hands. Just kidding, I'm not Big Brother, so I can't watch you through this computer screen. But I assume your hands are raised.

Life is unpredictable, so bad days just happen. There's no way to predict when they'll happen, but there are plenty of things you can do to get through them with a smile on your face when unpleasant vibes are thrown your way.

Scroll below to see some of my favorite mood-boosting remedies for dealing with a bad day.

Listen to Music

Music definitely has the power to improve your mood whenever you're feeling down. Blast your favorite tune and dance around the room like nobody's watching when you get home from school. I do this on a regular basis and it always makes me feel better.

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Drink Tea

Whenever I'm feeling all wound up due to some bad vibes, I brew myself a cup of chamomile tea to help calm me down. It almost always does the trick.


Take a Bath

When has taking a bath ever steered you wrong? It probably hasn't, at least not for me. It's far more relaxing than taking a shower, and allows me to ease any tension in my body. Especially when I plop my favorite Lush bath bomb into the tub.


Eat Ice Cream

I firmly believe ice cream can solve any problem. More specifically, a pint of Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Coffee Caramel Fudge. All my worries melt away the second I bite into this creamy treat. Ice cream isn't everyone's dessert of choice, though. If you're more of a cake or cookies fan, devour those bad boys instead.


Buy Yourself Something Nice

As long as you have the funds, it doesn't hurt to occasionally splurge on something you've been really, really wanting. What better day to do so than on a day where you feel like nobody's on your side? Those cute shoes you've been eyeing, they're rooting for you. Buy them.

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I'm going to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of exercising. When the time calls for it though, I go for a brisk run around my apartment complex. It helps clear my head and boosts my positivity. Again, this is all about what form of exercise works best for you. That may be boxing or hiking or doing a few sit-ups and calling it a day, whatever it is that will make you happier, do it.


Write It Out

Journaling is a great way to get your feelings out when you feel as though you have no one you can express them to. I do this on the regular. It's therapeutic and half the time makes me realize how dramatic I was being about plenty of situations. If you don't already have a journal, go and get one. Heck, you could even create your own through bullet journaling.



When your world comes crashing down, there's nothing a nice nap can't fix. I literally sleep as often as possible when I'm having a bad day, simply so I can avoid everything and everyone. It may not be the best way to deal with my issues, but it gets the job done.


Hang Out With Your Friends

If anyone can pick you up from a bad day, it's your friends. Text 'em and plan a hangout after school. I'm sure they'll drop whatever it is they're doing to make you feel so much better, because they know you'd do the same for them.

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With a good book by your side, things can only go up for you. I usually turn to more positive and motivational self-help books when I'm not feeling my best. You can read whichever genre you find solace in, but I wouldn't recommend picking up a murder-mystery novel or anything with a sad ending. It'll only make you more miserable.


Watch YouTube Videos

Watching funny YouTube videos is a surefire way to bring some sunshine back into your life. I'm a huge fan of Elle Mills and Miranda Sings, so I always turn to their hilarious vids when I'm feeling down.



Take a few minutes to find a quiet place where you can sit in silence for a bit. Close your eyes, focus on nothing but your breathing and let the positive vibes come crashing in. I took up meditation earlier this year and it has seriously improved my life for the better.



I hate to admit this, but yeah, I cry. And you know what, it feels pretty freaking great sometimes. Holding your emotions in never a good thing to do, so just let it out. Go to the bathroom or your bedroom and just have yourself a nice little cry sesh. Everything will be okie dokie after that, I promise.

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The most important thing you need when it comes to getting through a bad day is plenty of self-love. If you need a little help when it comes to that, follow THESE tips.