7 ideas to turn a bad day into a happy and ideal one
By: Soumili Manna
Do you admit that your sleep cycles are messed up in this quarantine to a point where you feel lazy and grumpy every other day? Hence, you are falling into this cycle of an unhealthy lifestyle and your days are becoming seemingly bad. If the start of your day wasn’t that great that does not mean your rest of the day is ruined too.
There are very simple steps you can implement to turn your rest of the day and forthcoming days into ideal days of your precious life. No, that does not require expensive and fancy products or even many efforts.
This article will let you know all the little secrets from natural mood enhancers to mood boosters and simple happy activities which will turn your bad days to happy and ideal ones. Additionally, all these ideas do not need anybody else’s help to be performed.
So, let’s jump right into those 7 simple secrets.
1. CONFRONT AND ACCEPT
First and foremost thing that can help you to turn your day as happy and ideal as you want it to be; is to sit down with a pen and paper and write down the thoughts you are feeling at that very moment. Be authentic to your own self. Consider it as your safe place to confront and just blurt out your honest feelings bereft of any prejudices.
You just need a pen and paper to confront, accept and understand your feelings.
You can even write in a stream of consciousness manner to let your thoughts flow naturally without any hindrance. Gain further clarity by asking yourself what your ideal day looks like. You would feel a lot lighter after you do this. Also, by doing this you yourself get aware of your conflicting thoughts and then it is easy for you to accept and deal with the circumstance. This brings us to our next point, which will help you delve deeper into this supremely effective process.
2. GRATITUDE JOURNALING
It is very easy to forget about all the little and big things which were once desired by you and now you have them. Also, the very basic necessities of life which we all often take for granted; be it our food, shelter and the very fact that we are surviving.
Be grateful even for the tiniest thing. It makes you rooted and happy.
Keeping yourselves aligned and grateful for these blessings in your life, will keep you rooted and happy. Gratitude and optimism go hand in hand. It simultaneously side-lines negative feelings. Successful entrepreneurs, authors, and innovators like Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, John Paul DeJoria, Tim Ferriss consciously practice gratitude.
You can practice Gratitude Journaling by using just a pen and paper as mentioned in the earlier point. You can also use a diary or notepad to keep a record so that if you wish to visit your journal later it’s well organised. When you will revisit the journals you would have many of them filled up through the course of many years, you will be overwhelmed by joy and contentedness.
3. 5 MINUTES OF SIMPLE MEDITATION
For some of you, even the thought of doing meditation is quite intimidating. Do you know meditation does not have to be a boring and long one to make you feel the wonders caused by it?
5 Minute Meditations can cause wonders too
Simple 5 minutes are enough. Just find a calm and peaceful spot in your home where you can simply sit and gather your thoughts together and set the right intentions for the day. During those 5 minutes try to focus on your breath and think about positive affirmations. Remind yourself that it’s absolutely fine to take this break and gain the sanity back, to function productively for the rest of the day.
A tidy and calm corner in your house for a peaceful meditation is mandatory.
4. USE NATURAL MOOD ENHANCERS
The smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning.
When you are already feeling low and your day seems to be progressively bad, firstly it’s important to get into the right mood. Essential oils are chiefly known for their effective uses in Aromatherapy. Lemon, Jasmine, Lavender are some of the essential oils which can enhance your mood instantly. You can choose the one whose smell appeals to your senses the most.
Essential oils are natural mood enhancers which you must try.
5. EXPOSE YOURSELF TO SUNLIGHT AND JAM TO GOOD MUSIC
Our nature has incredible powers to heal and energize us. Sometimes you and I all become ignorant to this fact and run after fancy products, supplements and courses to find a cure. The only thing you have to do is find a spot or corner in your house where there is ample sunlight.
Exposure to sunlight increases the release of a hormone called serotonin in your brain, which is a chemical associated with boosting mood and helps you feel calmer and more focused.
During quarantine, it is not advisable to go outside. Therefore, if you feel that your house does not provide you with sufficient sunlight then you can go up to your roof. If this is also not available to you, you must take the necessary precautions and then head outside. Stay safe.
You can listen to your favourite music while you soak in the sunlight.
6. TO DO LIST TO CONQUER THE DAY
When your mood gets better by doing any of the earlier mentioned mood-enhancing steps; the first thing you should do is write down the tasks you want to complete on the very day. Keep it minimal and simple.
Also, Don't keep expectations of completing all of them. It's okay if you don't, it's just to keep you in check. Once you are done completing one task strike it off, that feels so liberating and joyful. You can even reward yourself with a cake, chocolate or anything you like to celebrate the small victories. These will add up.
Reward yourself for small victories.
7. DRESS UP TO FEEL BETTER
You can often feel demotivated to get out of the bed or do any assigned work if you don't dress up appropriately. Yes, you read right. We all are in the comforts of our home. Mostly, wearing home clothes. That puts our mind into a very relaxed and chill mode. You need to wear attire that you wear for work and then have a place dedicated to work, not on your bed. This will keep you in the work mode so that you can work efficiently, achieve tasks.
Well, these were the 7 simple secrets to turn your bad days into ideal ones. All these do not require many efforts or anybody’s help, but what they require is your positive outlook to try them out. Also, if you do these consistently on a regular basis, you are bound to notice significant changes in your mood and attitude towards a day which is comparatively not good than other ones. Stay safe and take care.
Do not forget to comment and let us all know about any other simple tricks that you probably know or have practised. Let’s support each other by sharing during these tough times because sharing is caring. Keep smiling.
Dress up to feel better.
Have a nice day!