7 Tips to Deal with a Bad Day

We all know what it’s like to have a bad day. In fact some of you might be even having one as you read this. Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed or your day is full of Life treating you like a punching bag. Whether the bus is late, your boss is in a bad mood, or your favorite TV show is a repeat, there are all sorts of things that can suddenly spring up and ruin an otherwise adequate day.

Well, how are we supposed to deal with a bad day? What’s the easiest way to ride out the storm? The Internet is full of all sorts of misguided approaches and tips that will only make your day worse. That’s why I’ve decided to share some of the healthy and effective tips that I personally employ to help me deal with the rain clouds of negativity.

1.   Sleep - The longer you stay asleep the sooner your day is over. Why deal with the reality of your current situation when you can just sleep your way through the negativity on a fluffy cloud of infinite possibility? Fixing things takes time and effort and to be honest, it’s usually incredibly difficult. Why waste all that energy tiring yourself out when you’ll probably only make things worse in the end? Do something more productive with that energy like sleeping for 18 hours.

2.   Skip the exercise – Who wants to sweat when you’re dealing with a crappy day? That’s like kicking yourself when you’re already down! Besides, thanks to the excessive amount of mirrors and all the fit, happy, perfect people, going to the gym is only going to make your day worse by highlighting what’s already wrong with you. Who needs that? Not me. Fitness experts love to claim that exercising results in the release of endorphins that will promote positivity and happiness. Well, to all of the “fitness experts” out there I ask, do you know what else promotes feelings of positivity and happiness…

3.   Bing-Eating! – It’s called comfort food for a reason, so crack open that tub of ice cream while you wait for your personal extra large pizza to arrive. What would your mother do to cheer you up when you were down? Tell you to hammer out some push-ups? Of course not! Mine would bake me a cake and let me wash it down with a two-liter jug of Diet Coke. And you know what? It never failed to cheer me up.

4.   Facebook – This is what Facebook was created for; it’s a convenient platform for us to publicize our negative feelings in cryptic posts that yearn for the attention and pity of our friends and family. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Rob Nardecchia is…

  • Feeling sad
  • Wondering why me?
  • FML
  • Could this day get any worse?
  • Why won't he/she call? 
  • Any sad emoji 😞😔😟☹️😡😢😭

Another great technic to elevate your neediness is for you to post these comments on the pictures of your friends’ babies, their weddings, or any other type of celebratory event that you weren’t invited to.

5.   Complain – Unlike Facebook, this is an effective technic to use when you’re in a face-to-face situation. Best of all, it doesn’t matter if you know the person or not! Complaining helps you get the negativity out of your system. That’s just science. If you don’t feel comfortable complaining that’s okay, you can always first try being incredibly passive aggressive and then work your way up to full-blown complaining. Nothing helps empty the negativity tanks faster than some good old fashion over reacting. Remember, the point is that you’re unloading all of your negativity onto someone else in a healthy and effective manner.

6.   Daydream – Why bust your hump trying to make things better when you can just ignore the tasks at hand and imagine yourself doing what you really want instead? Daydreaming is faster, easier, and the payoffs are immediate. Trying to change your bad day with positivity is like smiling in the rain and believing that will make it stop. Have you ever seen the movie Polly Anna? Do you know where positivity got her? … SPOILER ALERT … a wheelchair. Try smiling yourself to walk again.

7.   Isolate yourself – The last thing you need is to be surrounded by happy people who are trying to cheer you up when you’re not feeling up to it. That’s why it’s important to recognize that sometimes the best way to get over a bad day is to just be by yourself where you can wallow and marinate in your negativity in peace. It’s paramount to avoid people trying to help you out with their positivity or forcing you to smile or laugh or worse of all to get outside and do something. What do they know about cheering you up? Just lock the door, unplug the phone, draw the blinds and post a cryptic comment on Facebook. Then sweat out the bad day like a negativity sauna while waiting for your party platter pizza deal to arrive.

It’s very important that you should always acknowledge how you’re feeling. Never switch from a negative feeling to a positive feeling too quickly. You’re in a fragile state and making the switch abruptly is like switching a glass with a crack in it immediately from hot water to cold water. It will break. In other words, you’ll shatter yourself if you treat your emotions the same way. So be sure to sit back and ride out your bad day using one, two, or all of the above tips.

And remember friends… Yes. You. Can’t.