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.

Instructions

  • 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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