6 Little Things You Can Do to Cheer Yourself Up After a Bad Day

As much as we'd like to believe that there's no such thing as bad days, we have to admit that some days are just a little (or a lot) harder on us than others.

Maybe it was one thing that set you off first thing in the morning, or maybe it was a series of smaller things that add up to you reaching the end of your patience before you know it. Whatever it is that's causing you to have a bad day though, you don't need to just suffer through it. Your feelings are valid, but so is your happiness—and thankfully, there are plenty of little things you can do to cheer yourself up after even the worst of days. Here's a list to come back to whenever you need to turn your day around.

1. Call a Friend

Humans are social creatures, and sometimes venting to a friend is all it takes to make you feel better after your day has taken a turn for the worse. Plus, you don't need to worry about getting ready to go out anywhere or facing judgment from anyone who might overhear, as you can just sit in your room (or pace around the house, whatever your phone call vibe may be) in your pajamas and let off some steam to a friend who's ready to listen.

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2. Journal

An alternative way to vent is to just write it out, as you can release whatever is irritating you by taking pen straight to paper. Once you've written out what is making you feel upset, change up your prompt to something more positive. Start a new page (literally and figuratively) by writing down some positive affirmations or creating a to-do list that can help you achieve a goal—whatever it takes to get you feeling better (and calmer) faster.

 

3. Take a Bath

Self-care can go a long way in turning a bad day around, and taking a hot bath with some Epsom salts or the most beautiful bath bomb you can find is one of the best forms of self-care there is after a bad day. Relax, unwind and soak it up while your stress melts away.

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4. Watch Your Favorite Movie

Sit back and escape into a world where whatever problems you have don't exist by watching your favorite movie. Whether it's your "comfort" pick or just a preferred film that your friends don't usually want to watch with you, popping on your go-to movie of choice is a great way to treat yourself after a day has gone sour.

 

5. Go For a Walk

Get your blood pumping in a way that doesn't involve getting angry by going for a walk, whether it be around your neighborhood or a longer, more scenic stroll. Being active releases endorphins, and these endorphins can help reduce your stress and make you feel better overall.

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6. Cook Yourself Dinner

Sure, you could just order in your favorite takeout to make yourself feel better after a bad day, but that can lead to some unnecessary guilt—not to mention spending. Instead, take the time and effort to cook yourself a delicious dinner all by yourself. Plus, cooking mindfully (enjoying every moment along the way and remaining present rather than rushing through the process) is really great for both your mental and physical health, and what could be a better way to turn a bad day around than that?

 

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So, while everyone has bad days once in a while, you don't need to go on a shopping spree or even go far out of your way to try and make yourself feel better. All it takes is turning this list of easy, little things you can do! And while you're at it, why not make someone else's day in the meantime? For a list of little things you can do to do just that, click HERE.