Doing These Things Always Gets Me Through an Incredibly Rough Day
Life is a funny thing.
One day you're on top of the world, and the next it all comes crashing down. For me, dealing with the latter happens way more often than I'd like to admit.
I have my bad days, and then I have some pretty rough days that I wouldn't want my worst enemy to experience. Yet here I am, thriving through it all.
Experiencing these types of days so often has forced me to find ways to get through them as best I can. Keep scrolling to find out what they are!
Listening to Music
Music is the answer to everything, especially on a rough day. I always turn to it in my time of need, because nothing makes me feel better than listening to my fave songs.
I highly recommend creating various playlists for these types of days. Make a few for when you're angry or sad, so you can keep the music playing until you're feeling better.
(SpongeBob SquarePants via Nickelodeon)
Going for a Walk
Taking some time to step away from whatever I'm going to go on a brisk walk is one of the quickest ways to clear my head. I always make it a requirement to only think positively while doing so, too. No negative thoughts will disrupt the quick break from my to-do list.
Obviously, this is easier to do depending on your plans for the day. If I'm in a situation where I can't just get up and walk outside for a little bit, I still set aside a few minutes to reflect on my feelings.
Watching My Favorite Show
First off, shout out to Netflix for existing. You make everything better, and I'm eternally grateful for your large presence in my life. Never stop being you.
Anyway, back to me. When I'm feeling down, I always watch The Office. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the greatest shows to have ever been created. Even if I spent the whole day crying over meaningless things, watching just a single episode of this show instantly lifts my spirits.
Whatever that show is for you, watch it on those rough days. And if you don't have one, watch The Office.
(The Office via NBC)
Taking a Nap
Naps are magical. I wholeheartedly believe the world would be a much better place if we all carved out some time to take a 30-minute power nap each day.
After a nap, I generally wake up feeling better than before. I realize that whatever was going on in my life isn't worth stressing over and I move on. There's no use crying over spilled milk, everyone.
Just like going for a walk, taking a nap isn't always the easiest thing to do. On days when I can't just sleep in the middle of the day, I make it a point to get to bed earlier. Those extra few hours of sleep make me feel much more refreshed the following day.
Some people like to hang out with their friends and family when they're having a rough day, but not me. I prefer to do the exact opposite and ignore everyone I know. I'm talking no texting, no calling, no hanging out with anyone.
By doing this over the years, I've realized that some of my problems stem from the very people I surround myself with. It's a tough thing to come to terms with, but eventually I register that I need to let go of these people.
It's also those moments when I'm totally alone that I see everything clearly. I tend to understand my feelings better when I can freely let it out.
If the thought of doing this scares you, do it. You don't have to cut everyone off during your toughest times, but definitely take a few hours to be with yourself and swim in your head.
(Riverdale via The CW)
What works for me won't work for everyone. We're all very different people with very different needs. But the one piece of advice I believe will help anyone through their darkest hours is THIS encouraging tidbit.