When I’m feeling upset, these are a few things that always make me feel a bit better:
- Have a long, hot bath. This is always my first point of call. About a year ago, I rekindled my love of baths and now I try to have them 3-4 times a week in replace of showers. Initially, I started having baths as my eczema was the worst it had been since I was a kid and soaking in bath oil helped. I still add the bath oil (as the hot water definitely dries out my skin), but now I have baths for relaxation more than medical reasons. I’ll sometimes blog or surf Tumblr or listen to music. Often I’ll read. There’s just something about the warmth that helps everything seem a little better.
- Write. Sometimes the best way to feel better is to let it out, and the best way for me to let it out is to vent onto a word document. I’ll often start it like I’m writing a letter to the person who’s upset me (if that’s why I’m upset), and then I’ll just let my fingers type whatever crosses my mind. I average about 1-2 pages, and I find it often helps me to pinpoint why I’m so upset and get my thoughts in order. I always save the document so I can look back on it later on and realize how far I’ve come.
- Cry. I’m a big advocate of crying. Sometimes, you just need to crawl under a blanket and let it all out. I always feel worse and more stressed if I’m holding in my emotions, and I always feel a lot better after I release it.
- Talking. Similar to writing, sometimes I just need to vent. I don’t mind showing weaknesses and letting my guard down around certain people. Those same people are the ones I always want their input about situations in anyway, so it makes sense to explode on them a little. I think they’re used to it by now!
- Junk Food. Not an ideal solution but sugary, fatty foods always make bad things seem a little less painful. Ice cream, donuts, fries and cookie dough is the top of my list. And chocolate. Always chocolate.
- Music. If I can find a song that relates or fits my situation, it will be put on repeat over and over until I’m thoroughly sick of it. There’s nothing quite like an artist putting your pain into words and over a backing track.
- Go for a Walk. This is the newest one on my list. Depending on the weather and what the problem I’m facing is, sometimes fresh air and exercise help to take my mind off the problem, or allow myself time to think the problem through. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of warm sunshine and a light breeze to lessen the pain!
What ways do you make your bad days better?
I found this prompt here, along with heaps of others!