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How to reset a bad day

Posted on 08/06/2016 by
Baking a delicious treat is one way to turn your bad mood into a good mood!

Baking a delicious treat is one way to turn your bad mood into a good mood!

We all have them. Those days when nothing seems to go right, when you run out of milk and can’t have your morning coffee, or when you just can’t seem to focus on your study, let alone get anything done.

Bad days happen to everyone, but you don’t have to let it run its course. Instead, hit the reset button. Even though it can take some time, ‘resetting’ can significantly increase your productivity and mood afterwards – saving you from toiling away and not getting anything done at all.

Here are a few great ways to start fresh, even if it’s 2pm!

Clean your house

There’s something about the act of cleaning that simply makes you feel good. Whether it’s vacuuming the whole house, scrubbing the oven or getting the bathroom spotless, the feeling of accomplishment after achieving a tidy, clean home is undeniable. Put on your favourite tunes and get ready to scrub, because this activity can completely reset your day (not to mention, give you a clean house and win you brownie points from the flatmates/family, too).

Exercise

Pull out your yoga mat, put on your running shoes or head to the pool for a swim – any form of exercise can work wonders for your mood. This is because when you get the body moving, your brain releases endorphins, which are chemicals that create a positive feeling.

Once you’ve had your workout, you should be in a much more positive frame of mind, and ready to start the day over.

Phone a friend

Phoning a friend isn’t just a game show shortcut, it’s a legitimate way to improve your day. Give a good friend a ring and catch up, make plans for the weekend and have a good whinge about how badly your day is going. The kind and understanding voice at the other end of the line will help get you out of that rut.

Make a good meal

Cooking and baking can be an extremely cathartic exercise. As you give your hands and mind something specific to do with a set outcome, you’ll quickly lose yourself in the process of making a delicious meal or treat. By the time you’re ready to try studying again, you should feel refreshed, and at the very least, you’ll have something yummy to eat!

Have a nap

If all else fails, head back to bed for a nap. It’s entirely possible that you’re just a bit tired and need an extra hour before you’re truly ready to face the day.

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