Self-Care Strategies for Stressful Days

 
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Bad days – we all have them. Sometimes it’s something small that can throw you off like unexpected traffic or spilled coffee. Other times, it’s something seriously stressful that can put you in a major funk.  

It’s tough to bounce back to normal when the world feels like it’s working against you. Prioritizing self-care on those particularly bad days can do wonders for your mood and your mentality.

I get it - when you’re stressed out with a ton on your plate, the last thing you want to do is waste a bunch of time sitting in the bathtub. But, times like these are when a little mental detox is needed the most. Save these self-care strategies for the next rainy day and you’ll be cracking a smile again in no time!

Get Some Fresh Air

An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.
— Unknown

Does office drama have you scatter-brained? Are you focusing on everything with a negative perspective? Step away from it all and take a short walk in the sunshine. Even if it’s a cloudy day, fresh air is good for you. Leave your phone at your desk and take a quick walk around the block to recharge.

Sweat It Out

When the going gets tough, the tough go to the gym. A great way to destress is to lace up those sneakers, turn on your favorite upbeat music, and get a sweat in. Not a cardio fan? Check Youtube for a soothing 20-minute yoga class and find your zen.

Vent to a Friend

Bad days can turn into bad weeks and bad months if you keep everything bottled up inside. Sometimes all you need is to a healthy vent session with a friend, a pet, a journal, whatever works! Releasing those bad emotions out into the wild can feel like a weight lifted off of you to help you move on.

Turn Up the Tunes

Music heals, seriously. Listening to music has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and feelings of pain. Next time you’re getting in the car after a long, stressful day, turn up that new song you love. Better yet, make a happy playlist of your favorite songs that you can always have ready when you need it the most.    

Create something

You don’t have to be Vincent Van Gogh or Martha Stewart for this one. If you’re feeling down or in need of a little self-love, carve out some time to create something. Whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, find a hair tutorial and make a cool braid, or draw a picture. Focusing your creative energy towards something fun will take your mind off of the negative.

There you have it! Try out these simple (and free) self-care strategies to turn that bad-day frown upside down.