When You're Having a Bad Day

When You're Having a Bad Day

Here are some suggestions…

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  1. Stop giving yourself a hard time.  We all have bad days from time to time, it's just one of those things us humans do.  Even celebrities, heroes and gurus have bad days!

  2. Get a change of scene.  If you can, change your environment, go for a walk, get out. And/or engage with an activity, call a friend, take some time out, move your body.

  3. Take care.  Nurture yourself.  What is best for your wellbeing at the moment?

  4. Do it anyway.  If you have a nurturing routine or class, like meditation, yoga or dance, often the times you will benefit from it the most are the times you least feel like it.  If you are procrastinating, it is likely you will feel better once you’re doing what you have been putting off.  Feel whatever you are feeling and take action anyway.

  5. Know that this will pass.  Like the weather, your mood will change.  It may take some time, or no time.  It is energy passing through you and your natural healthy state remains intact beneath the storm.

  6. Don’t make major life changes.  When our heads are full of negative thoughts and we are caught up in their stories, we can not see situations clearly.  You are in an altered state, like intoxication or having a fever, and will not be performing at your best

  7. Don’t try harder.  You are already feeling bad because of something you’re thinking about, let's call this the first layer of thinking.  And then you judge this as not good enough and add a second layer.  Do you really want to add more layers by bullying yourself to change?  We do better when we have less layers of thinking on our minds, not more.

  8. Don’t misinterpret the data.  What are the facts?  You are feeling bad, you are human.  That’s it!  You can make up stories about why, find patterns and come up with theories.  You can imagine what might happen in the future or re-live events of the past but all of this adds to the layers of thinking.  If there is a problem to be solved, you will have more creative resources available to you when the cloud of this thinking has passed.

  9. Tune into wisdom and love.  Know that this is your essence, the solid ground under the turbulence of your mood.  Notice when you have deeper insights, glimpses of lightness, connection and gratitude

How do these suggestions fit with your practices?  Have you any to add?  I'd love to read your comments below.....

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