Have A Bad Minute, Not a Bad Day.

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Let’s face it we all have bad days. You spill coffee on yourself,  run late for work, and your boss tells you that you have to work late. If you are like me if one bad thing happens you label it a bad day. Then suddenly it is like everything bad is attracted to you for the rest of the day. Have you ever stopped to reflect on why you are having a bad day? I frequently have bad days, and I tend to text my husband who always has the best advice.

One day I was overworked and really needed to tell someone. I texted my husband his opinion was to “have a bad minute, do not have a bad day.”  Leave that bad minute behind and change your perspective. These words appear in my head every time I am faced with something that can make the day turn negative at any time.

Here is a list of ways to help turn your day around:

1. Go for a walk: If you receive a terrible phone call or spill a drink, take a minute and then walk it off. I encounter so many mean people in a day. If you can steer clear of those people – I am here to tell you it will make a world of difference. Surround yourself with positive people.

2. Take the day off: There are times I walk into work and just know that if I stay, I may not be able to be positive. Most employers give you paid time off so use it because that is what it is for. Your mental health is important, and hopefully, your employer will understand if you need the day off.

3. Take a break and look for volunteer opportunities: There is nothing more rewarding than giving your time to help others in need. Call a local non-profit and schedule time to help out. Just knowing that you have an upcoming volunteer event will help improve your day. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” 

– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

4. Call a friend: Reaching out to discuss why you are having a bad minute or just speaking with a friend can help put you back on the right track. If your friends are not supportive, then honey they are not very good friends.

5. Journal: Taking a break and write a page of what you are thankful for can help remove negative feelings and replace them with positive ones.

6. Meditate: Find a quiet place to meditate for ten minutes. There are hundred of apps that you can use to help you focus on removing negative thoughts and focus on the positive.

Remember the next time you start to feel the day turning bad – Have a bad minute, not a bad day!

How have you changed the course of your day to be more positive?

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