I worked on that most of the morning without taking too many breaks. I finished late in the afternoon so I was really ready to sit down and relax, but Mark suddenly wanted to eat dinner and watch a program together. Afterwards, there was a dirty kitchen to clean up, and laundry to fold. I was ready to sing “The Hallelujah Chorus” when it was finally bedtime.
When I have a day like this, I definitely need a treat. I’m sure you feel the same way and there is nothing wrong with that. Here are four ways to treat yourself after a bad day:
When you’re in a bad mood, you can’t just go around yelling at people and making a fool of yourself, and that is where a journal comes in so handy. You can journal on the computer, or use a pen and paper. Write down why you’re upset and what you can do to feel better. As you write, you’ll start to put things into perspective and you can think a lot more clearly.
Spend Time with Your Dog
You can’t beat that unconditional love of a dog, and it is glad to see you even if you’re ready to resign from the human race. If you own your own dog, get the leash out and take it for a walk. I once walked four dogs when I was growing up, although it could be debated about who was walking whom. All I had to say was, “Do you want to go for a walk?” and they all went bananas.
Volunteer at the local animal shelter. There are always dogs that need attention, and it will take your mind off your troubles.
Take Some Deep Breaths
It’s hard to think clearly when you are a nervous wreck, but a few deep breaths make a lot of difference. Inhale to the top of your lungs, and let each breath out very slowly. You’ll notice how calm you become, and you’ll be ready to face the world again.
Adult Coloring Books
Remember how much fun it was to color when you were younger? There were all different colors of crayons, and it wasn’t always easy to stay in between the lines.
Fast forward to adult coloring books, and using these books is a great way to relieve stress. According to psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala, “coloring brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, to a time when things were more carefree.”
When you have something fun to look forward to, even the bad days can be a little brighter. So get out there and live life to the fullest.