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How to Cope with a Bad Day

If you've ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed, these tips will help calm your irritability and save those around you from your foul mood.


  • Step 1: Hit the gym Hit the gym. Exercise releases the feel-good hormones called endorphins, which can turn a bad day around in no time.
  • TIP: Eating fish can also release endorphins and elevate your mood, thanks to Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Step 2: Watch a favorite movie Watch your favorite movie or listen to your favorite music.
  • Step 3: Complete a project Complete a household, outdoor, or personal project to feel a sense of accomplishment.
  • Step 4: Avoid negative thoughts Avoid thinking about all the bad stuff that happened in the past. Concentrate on the good things, and on the present.
  • Step 5: Talk to someone Talk to a family member, friend, or even a professional, and tell them what's bothering you.
  • Step 6: Go to bed earlier Go to bed a little earlier than usual. The sooner a bad day ends, the sooner a new day can begin.
  • FACT: Between 1996 and 2005, the use of antidepressants nearly doubled in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Exercise
  • Your favorite movie or music
  • A project
  • Positive thoughts
  • Someone to talk to
  • An early bedtime
  • Fish (optional)

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