There are days when we can find ourselves in the middle of a bad day, and we need a way to ease the feelings of the day and gain some perspective.
Here are some ideas of what to do when you’re having one of those days.
1. Go and do something fun or pamper yourself - preferably something active or in the fresh air. Being outdoors and exercising are known mood lifters.
2. Be around others. It may be the last thing we feel like doing but being around the people we like, and love gives us perspective.
3. Eat something you really like. There is a reason why some are specific foods called “comfort foods”. They make us feel good and remind us of a better day. A good tip is to try and find a healthy recipe or alternative so you don’t kick yourself later. Plus, just have a small portion so you don’t have binge regret after consuming a whole pavlova or block of chocolate all by yourself.
4. Watch a favourite movie or show or be around someone who makes you laugh! Laughter or just smiling is like medicine. It’s good for our minds, hearts, and souls.
“A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” (Proverbs 17:22)
5. Cast all your cares upon Jesus. There is no point carrying around the cares and worries of a “bad or disappointing day”. It will just prolong the day’s ability to steal our joy. Talk to God, hand over your cares and seek Him for wisdom as to what to do next. Then let Him carry you the rest of the day.
“Cast your cares upon Jesus for He cares for you”. (1 Peter 5:7)
6. Remember what God has spoken to you or what you have had him do in the past.
Remembering what He has shown you previously helps keep your focus and heart anchored.
When we keep our hearts and minds focused on Him, he will keep us in perfect peace because we’ve fixed our thoughts and trust in Him.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
7. Dream Spend some time imagining a better day and visualising how you would like things to be. Dreaming helps activate our faith and when we start to be able to see better things ahead, we begin to believe for them.
God says He will “do immeasurably more than we can ask, think, dream or possibly imagine”. (Ephesians 3:20)
8. Give thanks. Be thankful for what you have and ask God to help you count your blessings. A grateful heart lifts our spirits and gives us the strength to fight another day.
Today if you’re having a “horrible or disappointing day, remember it’s a bad day, not a bad life, and it doesn’t have to define the rest of your week or life. We all have less-than-spectacular days.
And if you get to the end of your day and it still looks and feels horrible after trying all these things, I recommend calling it a day, putting your pj’s on, handing it all over to Jesus, and going to bed to get a decent night’s sleep. God’s mercies are new every morning; tomorrow is a new day full of possibilities and potential.
“The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fails. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:13)
Prayer: Lord, thank you that even when I’m having a horrible day you are still in control. Please help me keep perspective and find things to be thankful for and enjoy today as I keep believing for better things ahead. In Jesus name Amen.