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When Times Get Hard: 7 Secrets For Getting Through Bad Days

A cartoon illustrating a boy having bad days while sitting on a roof with a cat.

Have you had a bad day recently and found it hard to get through or change your mindset? Bad days can sometimes get us down and sad, but if you can find ways to make your day a little bit better, it can also make your mindset change for the better too.

It’s not easy to tell yourself to just stop feeling sad when you are having a bad day and it’s hard to try to change your mindset around instantly. However, there are some things that you can do to help you get through a bad day and start to feel a little more positive.

Here are the secrets you need to know to help you get through bad days.

7 Secrets For Getting Through Hard Times

I hope that you can take something from this article that can help make bad days easier for you in some way. No matter what has happened on your bad day, there are some things that you can do which can help you to carry on.

Some days can just be very hard, and nothing will change that. But, if you have your own strategy in place to help you get through the bad day, it can make things a little bit better for you.

This list has been made to help you and others get through your bad days and be able to change your mindsets too.

1. Accept and Express Your Emotions

A very important thing to do when you are having a hard time or a bad day is to accept your emotions and try to express them as best you can. If you can accept that you are having a bad day and that you might be feeling down about it, you can begin working on trying to do things that make you feel better.

It’s important to not blame yourself for your bad day or emotions because this can just make you feel worse and carry your negative mindset onto your next day. If you can accept that this is how you feel, you may then find it easier to express your emotions too.

You could talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling and how your day is going, or you could even write it down in a journal. This can make you rationalize and look at your day and how you feel more clearly – making it easier to get through the day and try again tomorrow.

2. Change Your Environment

Another good way to get through your day is to try and change your environment. Sometimes, if you stay at home all day or are alone for the day, it can make your day even worse and your mindset could also become more negative.

As you may already know, being out in nature is one of the best ways to feel more positive and put things into perspective. So, if you are stuck at home and you’re not having a good day, try and get outside and change your environment.

Sometimes, changing your environment doesn’t mean going outside, it could just mean taking a bubble bath, seeing a friend or going for a drive. Whatever you enjoy doing that helps you feel more positive and relaxed can help you to feel better on a bad day.

It may not completely change your day around, but it can help you to look at things differently and change your mindset for the better.

3. Find A Lesson To Be Learnt

Have you ever heard the saying ‘there is something good in everything?’ Well, this can also apply to bad days. If you can look at your bad day and try to find a lesson from it that can help you improve your next bad day, then this is a positive.

If you can find a lesson or a positive throughout your day, it can help you to focus on things in a different, more positive way. You could ask yourself; ‘Why did my day become bad?’, ‘What am I struggling with today?’ or ‘What can I learn from today?’.

If you can ask yourself these questions, this can help you to distract yourself from the negativity and focus more on the positives. Hopefully, you will be able to understand why your day became bad and what you can learn from it for next time.

4. Make A Gratitude List

Just like trying to find lessons to learn from, another great thing to try and do on a bad day is to write a gratitude list. Gratitude lists are a useful way to make sure you are focusing on the positives and recognizing what you have to be thankful for.

Sometimes, if we are having a bad day, we can overthink things and exaggerate the negatives that are happening in the day. Being able to write down a list of things that you are grateful for, even if you are experiencing a hard time, can really help you to stay positive and change the way you are feeling.

On a bad day, sit down, grab a pen and paper and try to think of 10 things you are grateful for and why, list them down and read through them. Once you’ve done this, you should start to feel more positive and thankful for your day, no matter how bad it seemed at first.

5. Practice Self Care

Self-care is such an important practice that we should all try and include in our daily routine, especially if you are having a bad day. If you can take time out of your day to focus on yourself and find things to do that relax you, it can be very helpful.

Find things that you enjoy doing, whether that’s yoga, meditation, writing, listening to music etc, and make sure that you try to practice this on your bad days (and other days). For help with this, take a look at our self-care list.

Even if you don’t feel like it at the time, you might be surprised by how much practicing self-care on a bad day can turn your day around.

6. Take Action and Move Forward

When times are hard and you are having a bad day, a good thing to do is to look forward and plan things for the future. If you can put an action plan together, you can try to take positive action in making your day better.

Being able to plan things and take action is a good way to help you focus on other things and distract yourself from your bad day. You can make changes to your day that are positive and can help you to move forward.

If you are having a bad day, try to take action and make positive changes so that you can move on from the negative times and look forward to the positive ones.

7. Ask For Help

Lastly, talking to someone and asking for help is something you can do on a bad day. This may seem scary to do, but once you have spoken to someone about what is troubling you or why you are having a hard time, it can be a huge weight off your shoulders.

Talking can really help you to rationalize what's going on and hear another person’s perspective on how you are feeling. Even if you don’t want advice, sometimes just talking and having someone close to you just listen to your problems can really help.

If you are having a bad day and feeling down, talk to a family member or phone a friend and ask for some advice or ask them to just listen to your worries as this can help you to get through hard times.

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Katherine Hurst
By Katherine Hurst
Katherine Hurst, is a Law of Attraction expert, best-selling author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on psychology, life design, structured thinking and emotional wellbeing.

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