- Sunday, 30 August 2015 -
Getting Through a Bad Day
Hello you lovely lot! It's been rather quiet over here at Fine and Dandy hasn't it? With the hustle and bustle of moving back home coupled with my intense desire to do absolutely nothing at all, I've been badly neglecting this little corner of the web. It's been a whirlwind of a summer, and after wrapping up my time at my design internship, I felt that I deserved to unplug from the online world, if only temporarily.
I'll admit - it's been hard getting back up on the horse and mustering the motivation to blog again, as recently my mum took ill and my commitment seemed to sway from one responsibility to the other. Its incidences like these that put everything into perspective, that family, friends, health and happiness should always take priority to everything else, and even when you're at your lowest, it does well to remember all you have going for you, even if your mind's telling you otherwise.
When you're having a bad day, it's easy to admit defeat and retreat to your bed with only your best friend Netflix to comfort you. Whereas this may seem like the perfect remedy for some, it's important that you don't wallow in your own self pity and actually practice some self-care. In other words, that gallon of cookie dough ice cream you're about to hoover up may seem like a good idea at the time, but it retrospect, you'll probably regret it!
1/ Remove yourself from the negative space - Sometimes easier said than done when you're having a full on panic attack in your works bathroom. Even if it means stepping outside for 2 minutes to process your emotions and take a few deep breaths. Remember, EVERYONE suffers from bad days, keep in mind that this is only temporary and that tomorrow's a new day.
2/ Let it all out - I find it very cathartic to have a good cry every once in a while, as the pent up emotions flow out of you, you can find yourself feeling refreshed. Some also find it therapeutic by blasting their favourite angry music or screaming into a pillow to gain closure of a colossally bad day. Writing can also alleviate anxiety, and by physically getting it out there and putting pen to paper, it can greatly put things into perspective.
3/ Find your escapism - Whilst some like to lay back and listen to their favourite tunes to chill, others find solace in channeling their emotions through creativity. Whether you're affording yourself some me-time by getting lost in a good book or just hitting the gym to blow off some steam, it's important to have something enjoyable to fall back on when life gets you down.
4/ Don't suffer alone - As tempting as it may seem to retreat into isolation, some have the tendency to dwell on their emotions or experiences if they're not kept busy. Whenever I feel those dark clouds looming, I like to reach out to my mum to sooth my dampened spirits. Don't feel up to human interaction? Show your pet some love as behavioural therapists have deduced that animal contact reduces stress and helps with healing.
5/ Things will look brighter in the morning... - Sleep is an amazing healer. I can't count the amount of times where a nap has done me the world of good where I wake up wondering what the hell I was worrying about in the first place. It's horrendously cliched, but sleeping on your worries and woes makes a lot of sense as a new day brings a lot of promise.
How do you handle a bad day?