The following is a poem published in a book titled “The Secrets of Life Power” by Barry Gallagher. He wrote,
Every morning when you get out of bed
You can control the thoughts in your head.
If you want to be sad and have a bad day,
You’ll soon discover that you’re on your way.
But, if happiness is the way you want to go,
Then the power of choice will make it so!
Nobody wants to have a bad day. Typically characterized by mood swings, upsetting/stressful events, low energy, irritability and more, bad days are what most people try to avoid. Individuals who struggle with addiction and mental illness experience bad days on a deeper level because they do not always have heathy coping techniques to work through it. Although they are at times unavoidable, there are many ways to work through this:
- Breathe. Sit still for a moment and focus on your breath – inhale and exhale – and count a few seconds in, hold it, and then breathe out a few seconds. This will help the blood and oxygen flow throughout your body, which can help you further balance yourself.
- Recognize what you have. The Huffington Post notes that recognizing your own strengths, qualities, and abilities can help you feel more peaceful in knowing that as a human being, you have everything you already need within you.
- Take it back to the basics. Technology can cause additional stress, especially if you’re browsing through social media and comparing yourself to others. Unplug for a while. Take a nice bath, a brisk walk, and drink plenty of water. Act simply so that you can unwind.
- Allow yourself to feel. Sometimes the cause of a bad day is your mind and body’s way of telling you that you’ve been neglecting to feel certain things. If you’re sad, let yourself have a good cry. If you’re angry, allow yourself to feel angry, and express it in a healthy manner whether it’s through writing a letter, working out, or talking to someone.
- Do things that make you feel good about yourself. Say nice things to yourself. Psychology Today notes that making yourself a nice meal, getting a massage, taking a nap, and reading a good book are just a few ways to de-stress.
Always remember that a bad day doesn’t mean you have a bad life. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It does get better.
New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery treatment programs. If you are ready to seek help, call us today at 888-316-3665 for a consultation. You’re not alone, and there are so many people who care about your well being.