I realised over the years that the only time I write a diary is when I'm stressed (which is a shame!) Today, having gone through a bad day, I decided I'd write something on my blog instead, in the hope that it might fill someone, somewhere with some comfort that they are not alone in their bad day!
Working on my own for most of my week can be tough. So I wanted to share a few things I like to do to help me bounce back from bad days.
1) I admit I'm having a bad day!
I'm definitely a lot more open about bad days than I used to be. I used to view being open about it as a weakness, now I think its a real strength to put my hands up and say “hey, I'm having a bad day… anyone with me?”. I'm surrounded by some amazing groups of people, and admitting to them that I'm having a bad day pretty much always makes me realise I'm not the only one going through it.
2) I take some time out from current activities
Whether that is one hour, two hours or a whole day… it doesn't really matter, but I need that downtime to get myself out away from whatever is causing me to feel glum and I do something else. Today, I took my children swimming and then I wrote this blog, I also watched some videos of my favourite people in the business world speak – Eric Thomas & Marie Forleo. And I play back my coaching sessions from my mentor Todd Herman.
3) I reflect
Most of the time when I have a bad day, all I need to do is spend some time on my own to process my thoughts and then I bounce back far quicker. I'm not one of those lucky people who can talk it all out with a friend and feel good – I need to be alone, think things through and then come to my own resolution on how to move forward.
4) I look for inspiration
Today my inspiration to get over my bad day was to find a quote that resonated: “There is no such thing as a bad day, there is only a bad moment. You make the decision on what you will focus on to get the most out of your day.” That quote is from one of my favourite all time motivational speakers Eric Thomas, and it reminds me that I have the power to change the course of my day.
5) I express gratitude
Bad days are totally relative! What I mean by that, is that MY bad day might be someone else's good day – so I write down a few things I am grateful for and then most of the time I realise things are nearly half as bad as I thought.