5 Important Things to Remember When You're Having a Bad Day

Bad days are a part of life… for everyone.

Whether you got into a minor fender-bender on the way to school, had a fight with a friend or S.O., or everyone's just annoying the heck out of you, we're all subject to days that aren't butterflies and sunshine.

But even at your angstiest, did you know there's a handful of ways you can make yourself feel better? Below are five important things to remember when you're having a bad day:

1. You're Not Alone

When you're down, it's easy to feel like the world is out to get you and you're the only person in this state of mind. Spoiler alert: you're not. There are plenty other people you know who are dealing with their own stuff. Some people are really good at hiding their emotions, but if you were to have an in-depth chat with most of your peers, we're certain a big chunk would tell you they're upset about one thing or another. Yes, even the ones who seem like they're living the dream have their own issues.

It's virtually impossible for anyone to live a perfect life 24/7—and heck, is that even what you want? Being able to feel ups and downs makes those ups feel that much more thrilling, amirite?

Tangled: Rapunzel looks stressed and sad in her room

(Tangled via Walt Disney Pictures)


2. As Bad as You Feel Now Is as Good as You May Feel Tomorrow

Moods and circumstances can change in an instant, so when you're on the verge of tears, just remember all it takes is one moment to perk you up again. Remind yourself of the last time you were happy. Probably wasn't that long ago, huh?

Yes, today sucks, but eventually it will all be resolved and the next time you have a bad day, you can remind yourself that you got through it last time, so any similar instances will be no different.


(Tangled via Walt Disney Pictures)


3. You're Likely Jumping Ahead to the Worst Possible Outcome

If anyone's guilty of hoping for the best and expecting the worst, it's us. But getting caught up in our heads with a million terrifying fake scenarios doesn't get us anywhere except into a dark vortex that has us worrying for no reason. Until an outcome is finalized, quit planning ahead. Just let things unfold, and do whatever you can to make things right in the meantime.

We can tell you firsthand that we're usually pleasantly surprised with how things turn out, and we realize we cause ourselves grief for absolutely no reason. Remember that worry and guilt are the two most useless emotions, and things are usually nowhere near how your mind makes them out to be.


4. You Can Drastically Change Things by Shifting to a More Positive Mindset

When you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, staying positive may seem a lot easier said than done, but we've learned that, over time, putting positive vibes into the universe and walking around confidently like the queen you are will automatically make you feel better. The more you walk around self-assured, the more you'll naturally start to feel like a boss, and the universe will respond to your positivity.

We're not gonna lie: it takes a little practice, and you have to be committed to the process—but once you truly shift your energy, you'll find that not only will things start to fall into place, but you'll stop sweating the small stuff.

tangled turn me up disney theme song

(Tangled via Walt Disney Pictures)


5. Sometimes All It Takes Is a Quick Convo to Change How You Feel

Do you feel like you owe someone an apology or need to get something off your chest? Or do you need to hear encouraging words from a certain someone? Whatever the reason, sometimes all it takes is texting or calling the right person to get your positivity back up and running. Yes, we know picking up the phone can be a struggle, but you will feel significantly better once you do it—promise!


If you find that these bad days are pretty common, you may want to gain insight from a professional. Click HERE for all the reasons why seeing a therapist is good for you.