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How to Shake Off a Bad Day


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Waking up with a headache, caring for a sick kid or husband, dealing with obnoxious customers at work, spilling your coffee everywhere, running late to work…

General grumpiness for no reason. It happens.

Sometimes little frustrations can turn into a bad day.

A bad day doesn’t have to stay a bad day though. In case you’re in the middle of a bad day, I wanted to share my tips for turning a rough day around so that it can end well.

How to Shake Off a Bad Day & Turn it Around

Make the Decision

Mind over matter y’all.

Turning a bad day around takes a bit of mental strength and deciding that things are going to get better from here.

Literally Shake It Off

For me, an almost fail-proof way to shake off a bad day is to actually shake it off. Get moving! Put on some fun music and jump around a little. Sing, dance, do some jumping jacks…

It might seem dumb at first, but I bet you’ll be surprised how much better you feel!


Treat Yo’ Self

Making a bad day feel a little special with a treat helps too. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Stop by a coffee shop for your favorite drink or savor a good piece of dark chocolate (dark chocolate lovers raise your hand!).

Here are some other small treat ideas:

  • Take a bath
  • Do you hair up fancy just for fun
  • Take a nap
  • Light a special candle
  • Stay up late and watch your favorite movie

Focus on Kindness

Have you even noticed that on a bad day you’re usually thinking a lot about how things keep going wrong for you? A lot of times a bad mood can come out of thinking about yourself and dwelling on the frustrating parts of your life.

I always find that it helps to do something kind of helpful for someone else so that I stop thinking about me. Even something as little as smiling at others and asking about their day can stop you from dwelling on what’s going wrong in your own day.

What else can you do to focus on kindness?

  • Write a kind note of appreciation to your special someone or your kids
  • Cook a nice meal for your family
  • Let the person behind you in the checkout lane go first
  • Give a compliment to everyone you talk to

Get Inspired

I love a good inspirational quote! Look up some inspiring words said by inspiring people.

If you have a few minutes, write down a great quote and stick it up on your mirror so that you see it everyday.

Talk to a Friend

If you have a friend that is fun to talk to, give them a call. Ask them about their day and share your stories.

Work on Your Morning Routine

You know I love my routines!

I’ve discovered that a rough morning can be really hard to recover from, so I’ve put a lot of focus on creating a better morning routine. I still have bad days, but I’ve found that starting the day well causes me to have fewer bad days.

If you’re struggling with creating a productive and motivating morning routine, check out the Make Over Your Mornings course. It’s 14 days long and only takes 15 minutes a day to go through, but it helped me a ton and I think it will help you too.

You can read my full review of the course here.


A lot can start with a smile.

It’s kind of one of those “fake it till you make it” things. You might not feel like smiling, but if you just do it, you might be surprised to find yourself smiling naturally in no time.

Plus, if you smile I bet a lot of people will smile back at you which will make you and them feel good.

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Desire |

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

I wish I had seen this post this morning! I was grumpy all day at work because of something silly that happened this morning. But as soon as I got back in my car, my music put me in a better mood. Thanks for sharing these tips.


Thursday 8th of December 2016

Hey, at least you turned it around! I actually had a rough day after this post went up. But once I got home and went for a walk I felt a lot better.


Wednesday 7th of December 2016

I love this! Especially the part about making over your mornings! The Miracle Morning is another awesome resource, have you had a chance to read it?! Have a great holiday season and thanks for sharing! xoxo


Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Thanks Lauren! I haven't heard of that, so thanks for the recommendation!


Wednesday 7th of December 2016

This is such a great post and such great tips. These things really do work. I'll definitely share this.


Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Thanks Michelle!!


Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Love these!! I am a big fan of the dance party to improve your mood. The kiddos like to join in too!!


Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Awesome! I have some great memories of dancing around the kitchen with my mom ?

Moni Love

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Love it! I am finally getting the hang of not staying with my bad feelings by replacing my thoughts with much more good feeling thoughts and usually I find them coming back up (why is that BTW?) And play some music or take a nice walk and enjoy what nature has to offer. Its my daily meditation. Literally everything you mentioned are the things I enjoy doing whenever I am having a bad mood.


Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Taking a walk everyday is so important for me too. It's so hard to get away from all the screens and noise, so I really enjoy going for a walk.