Like I mentioned, having a bad day is horrible. Not only for you, but for the people around you as well. And, since you’re most likely visibly grumpy, it causes other people to see it and then they start having a bad day. It happens. I get it. And sometimes it’s just one small thing that sparks it. So setting yourself up, in advance, to eliminate as many triggers as you can, can absolutely help you have a better day.
Make your bed.
The first thing I do every morning to help set myself up to have a good say is to make my bed. I’ve mentioned that before in other videos and it’s just something I do every single day. I’m not perfect about it, but straightening up your bed provides a small sense of accomplishment early in the day. It also makes your bedroom visibly a lot more inviting and relaxing. It’s a small mental check that when your brain sees something pleasant, you feel good. When your brain sees something messy, you feel distracted. Also it’s a nice little feeling that you already got something done so early in the day. Try it for the next week or two and you’ll start to see a difference in your mornings.
Charge devices overnight.
The next thing that can help you to not have a bad day starts the night before, and that’s to charge your phone or any other electronics. Get in the habit of charging everything overnight so it’s ready for you the next day. If you’re anything like me, once I see my phone lower than 30 percent battery, I start to stress out. I think there’s two sets of people, one set is like me who’s phone is always pretty well charged up, and another set of people who can operate perfectly fine at just 2% battery. Either way, having your devices fully charged is a nice feeling and it prevents the stress that comes from not having a charge when you really need it and you’re running late.
Evaluate your day to stop being late.
Speaking of running late, that’s another thing that can turn an otherwise good day into a bad one. Now, I realize that it’s not always possible to control everything and sometimes running late is not your fault. However, you know your daily routine better than anyone. And if you evaluate your mornings and your days over time, you’ll start to see when things to go south and you can plan accordingly to help prevent the things that always seem to pop up that cause you to be late.
Limit your sugar intake.
Next is something that I’ve been more aware of recently and it’s my sugar intake. Eating too much sugar leads to mood swings and energy crashes throughout your day. If you feel that 3:00 PM energy crash and you need a can of soda or a Starbucks run to perk back up, that’s not necessarily normal. That’s your body telling you it’s out of balance. Now, I’m not a Nutritionist or anything, but what you eat has a significant impact on your energy levels and your mood. I might suggest over the next two weeks, limit your sugar intake and see how you feel throughout the day. It’ll be difficult at first, but once you get past the sugar cravings, you’ll see a big difference in how you feel.
Relax behind the wheel.
Up next is one I can relate to, and that’s impatience behind the wheel. Whether its on the road or in a parking lot. Chill out. Slow down, you’ll get there. People are stupid, yes I know, I get it. But allowing yourself to get completely wound up over someone else’s stupidity, is ridiculous. Why let it turn a good day into a bad one? I have to tell myself this all the time, and it’s working. On the highway, I’m usually in the fast lane trying to get where I’m going. Lately, I’ve been occupying the middle lanes and just chilling out. Speaking of chilling out, if you listen to music in the car, put on something relaxing like LoFi or Chill ambient or whatever you’re into to help keep you in a relaxed and forgiving state of mind. It helps. As far as parking lots go, stop stressing about finding a parking spot super close. There’s usually plenty of spots a little further away, and the extra few steps are good for you anyway.
Choose your wardrobe and iron the night before.
Okay, bringing it back to running late, figure out your wardrobe the night before. If you need to iron anything, handle it then or at least allow time in the morning for it. I’d still recommend taking care of ironing stuff the night before because you never know what might come up the next day that sets your schedule back and now you don’t have time to iron.
Self-diagnosing on Google.
Next, and this is something I’m also guilty of, especially lately, is self-diagnosing your symptoms on the internet. This can really freak you out for no reason. If you’re having a health issue or some sort of pain, go see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. I recently looked up something myself and it started talking about cancer stuff and it bugged me for a few days. I finally had to tell myself that what I read was just an article about someone else. It wasn’t a real diagnosis, so please, go see a doctor if you really have something going on and get an actual, proper diagnosis.
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