In the past couple of weeks, I have lost control of my days. 24 hours feels like two, and the days seem to be going by without me even noticing. I’ve been so pre-occupied with a couple of bad days that I let my whole month go bad. My to-do list from October 21st has remained the same to this very moment that I am writing this blog post. However, last night I decided to end the cycle. Well, I had to. I’m backed up! Enough bad days have accumulated that I have no choice but to turn my remaining days into good ones. So, I did what we do best in 2019. I googled how to turn a bad day into a good one.
There are so many ways to do so. However, the gist of it seems to be the three points being shared with you today. This is being shared as motivation to both you and me. There are times in our lives where we seriously let things get out of control and bad days are just one of those things. One bad morning does not necessarily have to turn into a bad day, to a bad week and to a bad month. Now writing it out, I don’t even know how I let myself get there.
We waste hours when we don’t have the resiliency to turn around a bad day. We normally decide to let the day go and start over tomorrow. However, you know life doesn’t stop and wait for you to be in a good mood before it continues? You don’t have to prolong the feeling of a bad day because something went wrong, you are off schedule, or simply isn’t in the mood for life today. Instead, do the following and get back into rhythm again.
STAY IN LINE
Let me create an image for you. You know that moment when you are in the longest line for something important that you must do and for some reason, it seems as if it is taking forever. There are maybe 3 people in front of you before it is your turn to be served, but you lose patience and decide to walk away just because you are tired. As soon as you step out of line, the person behind you takes your spot and then all three people for some reason get served including the person behind you. Now you must do the line again because whatever you were supposed to do was very important.
That’s how a bad day works. It doesn’t mean you conclude the day to be a bad one that it necessarily can’t turn around. When you decide to try again tomorrow, that is you wasting time. What I am saying is, stay in alignment with the good parts. Get upset, acknowledge what has happened and then get back in line with your day. Don’t stay in a reacting mode to what is happening. When you realize that you are stuck in reacting mode, take out a paper and plan for the rest of the day. If you’ve lost your way, create the agenda for the rest of the day. Prioritize the day. Think about moving your priorities forward instead of being stuck in a mood. Easier written than done. I know!
REORGANIZE YOUR ENERGY
Stop everything! Take some little time off for yourself and do an activity that brings you a new vibe, spirit, and energy. Do not depend on the people around you to give you new energy. Create it! This topic can be a whole blog post on its own. Reorganize your energy and reset. The funk you find yourself in is not going to help you. For some people reorganizing and resetting comes as meditation. For others, it may be cleaning the place up. There are those who drinking tea and getting some silence is their form of recharging. Even if it is a nap, you are not wasting time.
FOCUS ON SOMEBODY ELSE
Look to uplift somebody else. Call someone and show them some love. Compliment a stranger. Buy lunch for a friend who really needs it. You may not realize but in doing so you become uplifted. As beings, we become happy when we create happiness for another person. So, go on ahead and do a good deed. The purpose is to take the attention of yourself and focus on someone else. It can be the smallest of things as helping your mother cook dinner.
Is a bad day derailing you? Turn the bad day into a good one. Be patient with yourself. Be ok with yourself. Life can get so challenging and this too shall pass.
Xoxo Edith Berko