Weekly Gratitude: Bad Days

Now I know this might seem like a strange thing to be grateful for. It’s not that I like bad days because they are bad, I like them because they make the good days that much better. Not every day can be a good and happy day, because things happen. And sometimes, nothing is necessarily wrong on these days and you just feel a little off. Allow yourself to take these days to recharge and take the time for yourself. Just remember it’s okay not to be 100% all the time.

Some things I like to do on these days:

Turn off your phone and disconnect
We live in a world where the first thing we do when we wake up is look at our phones, and right again before bed. You see how wonderful and great everything is going in other people’s lives and feel a certain pressure to live up to those standards. We don’t like for people to see the not so happy parts, so we put out there what makes us look the best—the ultimate highlight reel of our everyday lives.

Put on your comfiest clothes
This may seem like an obvious one but it really makes all the difference. You won’t be able to fully relax if you aren’t comfortable. Put on your favorite pair of sweats and your biggest, softest t-shirt, it’s a game changer.

Put on some soft music
Music is a big part for me and makes me feel that much better when I can relate to certain songs. Here are a few songs that I love listening to on these days:

  • Venice – The Lighthouse and the Whaler
  • The Heart of Life – John Mayer
  • Unwell – Matchbox 20
  • Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
  • Holding Back – SG Lewis
  • All the Right Moves – One Republic
  • Riptide – Vance Joy
  • People – Nico and Vinz

Do some mindless tasks
This can be anything just as long as it doesn’t require a lot of thinking. Something for me would be cleaning my room. When I have a clean room I have a clear head. On days where you’re probably already doing a lot of over thinking anyway, the last thing you need is a cluttered mind.

Read a book or put on your favorite show
Snuggle up on your couch with a book you love or pop on a Netflix show and have a mini marathon! Let yourself break away from your world and into the fantasy lands of the stories. It’s okay to escape for a while.

Go out and buy something that will make you feel a little better
This doesn’t need to be anything big or expensive. For me I would buy a yummy smelling candle, a fuzzy blanket, a new face mask, or a new notebook. Just a little treat that you don’t really need but want.

Go for a walk or a drive
This is one thing that almost always makes me feel better. It lets me be alone, listen to my music, and just think (or not think).

Comfort food
Make one of your favorite meals or order in some take out. Food is never a bad idea.

“Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.”

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