You know those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days? Well, I had one of those last week. The baby might as well have had colic and my toddler was in full terrible two’s mode. So, needless to say, we were having a rough day. My patience was wearing thin and frustration was taking over. It’s these days that try to steal my joy and get the best of me. Regardless of your situation, I think we all have days like this. I thought I’d share some tips that work for me in keeping my joy when chaos seems to take over. Hopefully they can help y’all too.
- Take a walk outside
Fresh air always does the trick. I know it does for us. A different environment gets you away from the walls that seem to be closing in on you.
- Write down your blessings
There is always something to be thankful for. You woke up today, didn’t you? That’s something you’ve been blessed with right there. Chances are you can find a few more. It helps to see the positive things in your life to help change your perspective.
- Walk away
Even if you’re just escaping into another room. A deep breath away from the situation can usually help you regain your composure.
When I remember to stop and pray, often God calms my spirit and helps me through whatever it is I’m dealing with.
- Let it all out
Whether that’s venting to a friend/family, or having a good cry. Research shows that crying releases toxins, lowers stress and can elevate your mood. Check out this article. Ever notice you feel better after crying? That’s probably why.
Remember, tomorrow is another day. You’ll always have moments of frustration and stress. It’s how you handle those moments and the attitude you keep that will determine the rest of your day. We ended up leaving the house and got outside. We found a local spot that has a lake with ducks and had a picnic at sunset. The fresh air, the different scenery and just getting out of the house lifted our spirits that day and made us joyful. There will always be challenging hours, but I know they will come to an end and tomorrow is another day. How do you overcome bad days?
“Joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5