Bad Day Essentials & 5 Reminders You NEED to Hear

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on May 24, 2017

We’ve all been there…

We have been having a stressful week (or month) where work has been piling up, you haven’t been able to take care of yourself, and you are ultimately not happy. One day, things seem to be going more wrong than right: you spilled your $6 Starbucks drink, you were late to a meeting, you forgot to submit a proposal to a client, etc. Things just don’t seem to be working out in your favor today.

When these days happen, it’s easy to let negativity take over and control the remainder of your day. But there are ways to turn a bad day around and get back in a better place. I’m sharing some of my bad day essentials and activities I like to do after a long, stressful day and how you can bring a little bliss back in your day to turn it around.

1| Journal, Adult Coloring Book, etc.

Tapping into that creative side might be the best things you can do to help relax and unwind from a bad day or stressful week. Whenever I need to take my mind off of something, I’ll blog if I’m feeling creative but I’ll also write in one of my journals or write for fun, or color. You can put away the bad for an hour and solely focus on creating.

2| Workout

There’s nothing better than getting an amazing workout in after a stressful day. I find that I reach all my PRs and feel the best after crushing a cardio workout, run a little longer, or do a few more reps of an ab workout. Not only does it help your physical and mental health, but it’s a positive way to release all that negative energy from the day.

3| All. The. Food.

Girl, if you had a bad day, don’t feel guilty about treating yourself to your favorite meal, dessert or snack. Buy your favorite sushi or visit that cupcake shop for your go-to treat. Treating yourself to something you love will instantly boost your mood and make you feel just a little better about the day you’ve been having.

4| “Feel Good” Things

After a bad day, it’s important to focus on the good things that you love. So now that you have your favorite food, now it’s time to watch your favorite movie, or spend a few hours reading that book you’ve been putting off for months. Spend time doing something you love and that you know will bring a little bliss to your life.

5| Pamper Essentials

Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than treating yourself to anything pampering related. Make a last-minute appointment for a pedicure or manicure at your go-to salon. Or, if you’re on a budget, create a relaxing space in your bathroom for face masks, body scrubs and a long bath.

If you’re having a rough day or week or month, keep reading these five reminders I want you to hear to help you get through whatever bad you’re experiencing. Make sure to share some of your own positive reminders in the comments below that you tell yourself when you’re having a bad day.

1| Look for the positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.

2| Storms don’t last forever.

3| It’s a bad day, not a bad life.

4| When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.

5| The sun is a daily reminder that we can rise from the darkness. That we can shine our own light. 

What are some of your bad day essentials? What activities do you do whenever you’ve had a bad day? What quotes do you remind yourself to stay positive? Make sure to share in the comments below!


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  • I usually put in an aggressive workout then order my feel good foods on bad days! Or I pick up a tried and true favorite book and indulge in a glass of wine (or two)

    Also: get to bed early! Tomorrow is another day

    Laura @

    • YES! I LOVE that reminder. There’s nothing that a full night of sleep can’t fix after a long, stressful day. And I am right there with you with feel good foods (aka sushi).

  • I love the saying “when you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine” I think it is uplifting. I also love journaling and working out when I am stressed, anxious or having a bad day.

    • Journaling and working out are two awesome ways to turn a bad day around. And I’m glad you enjoyed that quotes because it’s something I remind myself when I’m having a rough day.

  • Pamper essentials are all the yes for me – face masks, painting my nails, etc. so good!

    • I completely agree! Who doesn’t love to spend an evening relaxing and pampering themselves?

  • When I am having a bad day, I often want to go home and veg. But working out really does make a huge difference. Thanks for sharing these reminders.

    • You’re welcome! Working our always makes me feel so much better even if it’s doing an ab workout for 20 minutes. Something that will take your mind off of what was going on earlier in the day is best!

  • Journaling is so relaxing and I always feel better after a workout.
    Lovely quotes.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    I am all about adult coloring books and working out! Coloring is so therapeutic for me and my stress level goes way down after a good workout.

  • Adriana

    I love these tips! They’re so great – pampering essentials are so important! Love this!

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