photo by Michael Dudash

I think we have all had a bad day or two (or a lot more) at some point in our lives. You know, the days where you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, nothing seems to be going right, and you just aren’t in your ‘groove.’

Bad days are no fun. I definitely have had my share of bad days. I remember thinking that if a day started out bad, it was destined to be an overall bad day, and I would just kind of ‘give in’ to it and give up on trying to be productive, creative, helpful, or happy until the next day. However, as I have gotten older I have slowly come to realize that just because your day may start off ‘bad’ doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to stay that way! What a lot of people don’t realize is that taking control of your bad day and turning it into a good one can be a lot easier than you might think.

Here are my top 6—tried-and-true, super-simple—quick ways to turn your day around:

1. Make Your Bed

It usually only takes 1-2 minutes to do. Simple, right? Making your bed is something that anyone can do to help them feel more organized and in control of their day. According to award-winning self-help writer Charles Duhigg, making your bed is for more than just organization. It boosts productivity and helps you become better at doing other important life skills like sticking with a budget. Making your bed has even been proven to make you a happier, according to one study.

2. Take a Warm Bath

Taking a few minutes to relax and meditate by yourself can help you clear your thoughts, let go of your worries, and completely change your entire mindset for the rest of the day! Grab a bath bomb and a cold drink, and take a few minutes to just sit and soak in a warm bath (or shower, if that’s your thing).

3. Get Off Your Phone

If you are someone who owns a smartphone and is having a rough day, do yourself a favor and stay away from your social media for a little while! Over the past few years, several studies have been researching the effects that social media can have on your happiness. In all of these studies, the findings are almost the same: social media tends to make you unhappy. Whether it is comparing yourself or seeing things you’re ‘missing out’ on, social media has the ability to make a bad day even worse. Rather than scrolling through Instagram for an hour, go outside, play with a sibling, visit with a friend, or practice a skill or hobby.

4. Serve Someone

“The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.”

– President Gordon B. Hinckley

It is no coincidence that the people in life who reach out to help others also happen to be the ones who are the happiest. Let go of all of your problems, worries, and misfortunes, and instead look outward for a little bit. Compliment someone, help a family member with something they are doing that day, do some family history work, call and talk to a grandparent or relative, or do anything else you know will help someone around you. You will be pleasantly surprised by how much better you feel when you reach out.

5. Exercise

Turn up your favorite tunes and get up and move! Several recent studies suggest that exercise is one of the top ways to become happier. According to researchers, getting your heart beating and blood flowing helps reduce stress, boost confidence, and reduce anxiety. There are so many creative, easy ways to exercise without having to go to a gym or be on a team. Simply going for a walk can get your blood flowing and release endorphins (the hormone that makes you happy).

6. Pray

This is probably the biggest piece of advice I could ever give someone who is going through something difficult (or isn’t!). Pray, pray, pray! Tell Heavenly Father all about your thoughts, worries, fears, embarrassments—everything! He will hear you, and He will help you no matter how big or small your problems are.

So, next time you find your day is off to a rough start, try one (or more) of these little tips to help get the rest of your day on the right track.


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