10 Feel-good Things to Do When You've Had a Bad Day


We've all had bad days and know how hard it can be to get out of a rut where it seems like nothing is going well. And while we might not be able to change some of the big things going on in the world or our own personal life, we can change the way we react to it. Here are 10 ways to brighten your day when you are going through a rough time.

1. Watch a comfort movie or tV show

TV shows and movies are a great way to brighten up your days, especially when they are your designated comfort show. Nothing beats cuddling up in bed or on the couch and just taking a few hours to yourself to watch a show or movie that never fails to bring a smile to your face. Or give a new show a try; who knows, you could find a new comfort show to help you out on tough days.

2. Bake your favorite treat

Nothing screams comfort like freshly baked cookies or cupcakes. Sometimes all we need to feel better or escape a rut is a bite of a favorite treat or comfort food. So bake the most extravagant cake you want or your favorite chocolate cookie recipe. Whatever you decide to make, have fun with it, and enjoy it, guilt-free!

3. Vent to a friend

There is nothing like a good vent session with your best friend. They always seem to know what to say to make you feel better or how to distract you from dwelling on things you cannot control. They might not understand what you are going through, but they will be there to support you.

4. Go on a walk

Fresh air does wonders to fix a bad mood or clear the mind. A walk outside can be just what you need to turn your day around. You do not need to have a set distance to walk, just get out and walk till you feel ready to continue attacking the day.

5. Have a self-care day or afternoon

If you are having a bad day, take some time for yourself. Self-care comes in many shapes and forms and can be whatever you want it to be. Maybe a face mask or a relaxing bath. It is essential to take care of yourself, especially in trying times like the ones we are facing right now.

6. Write down a list of things you are grateful for

Even when we are going through hard situations, it is important to remember everything you have in your life to be grateful for. Take a piece of paper and pen and create a list of everything you have to be thankful for in your life. Try writing until you feel like you are ready to approach whatever challenge life may throw your way.

7. Listen to your favorite music

One of the best feelings is when you listen to a song and feel like the singer completely understands what you are going through. It makes you feel heard and understood. So put on a pair of headphones, lie down, put on your favorite playlist, take a deep breath, and remember things will get better, and you will not feel like this forever.

8. Draw

Drawing is a great way to express emotions positively and constructively. It doesn't have to be drawing. Try painting, or writing, or any other way you can creatively utilize your feelings. Just because we may view a specific emotion as negative doesn't mean it can't have positive consequences or leads us to make good decisions.

9. Unplug from social media

Social media can be a fantastic place to connect with friends and keep up with your favorite celebrities. However, it can also be mentally draining. So if you're having a rough day, try a social media cleanse. Forget about all the stress and pressure created by the desire to have perfect social media accounts and relax!

10. Read a book

Books allow people to escape from the problems of their world and focus on a completely separate one. With a wide variety of books available, there is bound to be one that you enjoy. So pick up your favorite book or one that you've never even touched and start reading it.

Life is not easy and presents challenges to us that may seem impossible or unfair. However, we can choose to channel the sadness and frustration we may feel into something positive. Whatever you may be experiencing, remember there are better days are coming!

Josie Rosenstein
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Josie Rosenstein is a senior from Maryland. She has a passion for journalism and hopes to pursue it as a career. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her three dogs, writing and hanging out with her friends.