This is how one day that turned into chaos resulted in me learning how to shake off a bad day.
Have you ever had bad days like this, or maybe even much worse?
You had a terrible sleep, your alarm went off earlier than you think it should have, you race around like a chicken with its head cut off, grab a coffee, no time for breakfast, try to prepare for the workshop you’re hosting in an hour.
You’re frantic all the while trying to maintain a positive attitude so you can have a good day, race out to start the car and……….nothing. It doesn’t start.
Oh, sh*t. Here we go.
It’s 8:45 am. Good morning Iva. Welcome to Sunday.
I wasn’t really having a bad day until that happened
I mean I was really optimistic about my day and the workshop I was hosting. Things were just kinda frazzled first thing in the morning. But that’s how that day started and it progressively got worse from there.
It just seemed that so many things had gone wrong that day. Not because I set out intentions to the Universe for it to get worse, it just did.
I had my little freak out moment sitting in the driver’s seat that morning saying out loud “You have GOT to be kidding me right now?”
Nope. The powers to be were not joking at all. So I sat in my car wondering who to call first. Sisters, right? I got two of them and surely one of them will come to my aid.
Call sister number 1, who coincidentally lives just around the corner. She answers the phone with a sleepy groggy voice totally not comprehending anything I am frantically telling her.
OK, let’s try sister number 2, who doesn’t live too far away but happens to have two little ones that she will have to bundle up in order to rescue me.
And she does, very willingly. OK well, it’s unclear how willing she is to do this but she does it ’cause she loves me and I’m her sister.
I sit in my car, wait for sis, freeze, and pray. “Dear God, I know this is a test. I got this I’m OK. Really I am.”
Really I wasn’t OK though. I knew this was a sign of more trouble to come that day. I just had a feeling. And my intuition proved to be right.
Again. It was a day from Hell.
This day really tested my patience and my faith. It was one of those days where a nap was in order. A well-deserved and much needed nap. It was also an eye-opener of a day for me.
Often when things go so bad, our attitude takes a hit and suddenly we become negative Nancy and no matter how hard we try to shake off the bad day and all the bad things that are happening to us, nothing seems to work.
When was the last time you had one of those bad days?
It’s not fun at all. Do you find yourself not only losing your patience but maybe even getting a little testy with people?
I hate when that happens and though I’ve pretty much got a fairly good handle on that now, I used to snap quickly and meanly.
When was the last time you had one of those over the top shi**y days? What helps you get through them, besides the obvious, wine? :p
How to shake off a bad day with 3 powerful thoughts
Next time you’re having a really bad day, think about these 3 things to help make that shift from angry to a little happier and maybe even a wee bit more relaxed.
These 3 thoughts will really just give you a new perspective so when you do have a bad day you can take a big deep breath and think on these thoughts.
It will surely help calm you down. Well, here’s to hoping!
1 Patience is a virtue (honestly, I’m still working on that)
I don’t always have a ton, I’ll admit, but I’m working on it. When I feel I’m just about to lose my marbles I tell myself to just stop and breathe. It works, for real.
When you take time to focus on remaining calm, your attitude will eventually lighten up and you’ll feel a tad more optimistic again.
We have to remember one very important thing here too, patience obtains all things. Don’t forget that.
When we lose our patience, this is when we tend to snap. Before you unleash your fury, take a big deep breath in and calm yourself. Nothing good comes from losing your patience and yelling at people.
2 Troubles are temporary
All good is temporary as is all bad. Matter of fact so is life. We stress over nothing sometimes. We cause our own grief most of the time.
Things are temporary. All of it. When we remember this very important point, it’s easy to shift our attitude from sour to sweet.
You have to keep in mind that a lot of the things we freak out about don’t even matter the next day or the next week. We got angry and lost our marbles for nothing. That’s no bueno!
I think you might like this article on some things mentally strong people do.
3 Things always work out in the end
Always and they work out exactly the way they are supposed to.
Let things be and don’t try to control the outcome of a situation. Just let it unfold as it is meant to be.
As soon as you release the need to control the outcome of any situation, you will see the situation in a whole new light and you’ll be back to your chipper ole self in no time.
We may not know how things will end and it’s not ours to try to manipulate that either. Maybe things won’t work out the way you want them to but that’s ok. They will work out the way they are supposed to and it will be for the good of everyone involved.
You may not see it right away, but one day you will.
How do you calm down from a bad day?
You know, it’s so easy to freak out and lose our minds when things go wrong. We slip into high gear panic mode and wonder how the hell we’re gonna get out of “this one”.
It’s not easy to see clearly when things have gone wrong.
But the reality of it is, really, things always just work out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out yet, it’s not the end. We take things too seriously and we are the cause of most of our stress and grief.
We honestly need to have more faith and just chill the eff out. Turn that frown upside down. That simple little shift will make the world of difference to you and those around you.
Another way to shake off a bad day is to try to soak in some positive attitude quotes!!
Inspirational quotes and uplifting quotes always help me get through the worst times. Here are a few links from my other website Amazing Me Movement, with some of the best quotes about life I think you’ll enjoy!
How to shake off a bad day with cookies!
Yup. After the bad day finally ended, I went home and made cookies. No wine, just cookies.
My workshop was a huge success and the horrible morning was just a blur.
Take some time to honour yourself and be patient with yourself as well. We are all human and we all make mistakes (like snapping at someone when we’re having a bad day).
Make a treat or go by a treat! It’s the perfect way to end a bad day!
Next time you are having a bad day please remember these 3 profound thoughts. They will be your saving grace and they will help you get through a tough time in a much calmer fashion.
You’re welcome 🙂
xo iva xo