Everyone’s had them at some point. You wake up, and just know today is going to suck. And it does. You get an F on your math test, your favorite shirt is stained, and you drop your lunch in the mud. On, and on, and on the misfortune goes, until the day ends and you lie in bed hating yourself and feeling awful.
Well, I’m here to rescue you, along with my friend, Billy Bob the Blobfish.
Bob is an expert in bad days and feeling mopey. Bob, what can you tell us about bad days?
”I hate them.”
No, I mean, what causes them?
”Aliens with lasers shooting from their eyeballs abducting you and then putting you back.”
”Sure, you’re excused.”
Well, can you tell us about a bad day you had recently?
”Oh, yeah, totally. I woke up, and I ate the worst sandwich ever, because my roommate Joe the octopus makes awful sandwiches but I needed to clear out the fridge, so I ate one and it was terrible. Then I just went back to bed.”
Okay, then. Thank you, Bob.
”I’d say it was a pleasure, but it wasn’t really, because I’d rather have slept in.”
Seeing as how utterly unhelpful Billy Bob was, I’ll just do this whole thing myself. Usually, I find that bad days are caused by one little thing going wrong. That one thing sets the mood for the rest of the day, and everything goes wrong. For example, Bob said he ate a terrible sandwich. Had he not just gone back to bed, he probably would have found that everything else was awful and terrible and it all sucked.
It’s tempting to just go back to bed when you’re having a bad day, as Bob demonstrated, but here’s the raw truth; If you go back to bed, you’re letting that day kick you. Do you want to just quietly let that stupid bad day push you around?
”Meh. Whatever. As long as I have a sandwich, I’m good.”
Bob, why are you still here?
”I kinda fell asleep and going home is too much work. You got any bread?”
Ah, look in the cabinet over there. Anyway, as I was saying, going to back to bed is defeat. The bad day has won. Instead of letting the day win, here’s how to fight it;
- Realize that you can always turn your day around, at any time, whether you just got up, or you just finished lunch.
- When you feel the bad-day demons crawling up to you,
punch them in the nose and stick a sock over their headtake a step back. Realize that just because your shirt is stained doesn’t mean that everything else has to be bad. Take a deep breath, and wear your second favorite shirt.
- Do something nice for someone. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but-
”Hey, would you mind spreading peanut butter on this sandwich? My fins are too stubby. Or maybe I’m just too lazy. I’m too lazy to find out.”
Fine. *Starts spreading peanut butter* as I was saying, doing something nice for someone else can seriously boost your mood. It’s actually been scientifically proven, believe it or not. Bob, here’s your sandwich.
4. Smile. Even if you don’t feel happy, just smile. It will make a difference.
I hope this post will help you next time you have a bad day, and-
I’m just gonna wrap this up quickly, hehe.
I hope this post helps you next time you feel like Bob.