How to Get Out of a Bad, Funky Day

Last week was a rough one for me…first I started off with my bicycle breaking, then I ended up with a possible broken nose, then the transmission in my car goes out…should I keep going? It was a week that I started looking up to see if there was a black cloud lingering above my head and was checking my pockets to see if I was carrying ‘bad luck’ in them…I know, you’re probably totally sensing the sarcasm and cynicism in those thoughts right? I have quite a bit of that in my personality  (truth be told haha)…but it’s that sarcasm that sometimes helps me stay positive. I started telling my friends and family they probably shouldn’t even go out to eat with me (because every place I went last week something went wrong…ha, black cloud I’m telling ya!) Well today starts a new week – woohoo – so the bad luck has to be getting weary by now. I found that I allowed myself to get a bit more wound up than I needed to be sometimes last week – I am not perfect y’all – but after I took a step back I was able to chill out quite a bit.  If you allow yourself to stay irritated and down on yourself and life then life is going to stay down, bad luck is going to keep hanging out and you’re going to stay miserable. I get it – things can stack up leaving you all kinds of frustrated and pissed off (Apologizing profusely to all my friends and family that had to listen to me whine and yell) but you’ve gotta shake it off eventually and start forcing those positive vibes back in your life. 

  1. Focus on what you have to be grateful for. – Like the whole possible broken nose thing, it was worth it, I had a killer fun day tubing in the river…and I am immensely thankful to my pal for me lending me his car so I wasn’t with no way to work and for the Universe for putting me only 6 miles from his house so I wasn’t stranded along the side of the road when my car decided no more.
  2. Remember that all things are temporary. – Bad times don’t last. Everything has an end cycle. I’m not going to be without a car forever, my nose is going to heal, the wrong food order can be fixed. The sun always comes back out!
  3. Take some time by yourself. – Process the thoughts and emotions you’re having. Let them move through you and out of your mind. Take deep breaths. Slow down and step back to let yourself calm down.
  4. Build a plan to get out of your challenges, troubles, out from under the black cloud. – My first reaction to my car breaking down was freak out mode – it’s quoted to be like $7k to fix everything…step back, write out all my options, build a plan (I’ve decided to go car shopping – it’ll cost more to fix it than it’s worth and I put a heck of a lot of miles on my car). And I’m going to admit to you that it took me a few days to get out of freak out mode…it wasn’t my plan to get a new car until next year sometime.
  5. Get back to positive thoughts. – Write them down and read them aloud to yourself if you have to. Try and list out the possibilities and opportunities that are coming out of your obstacles. For example, buying a new car gives me the opportunity to finance for lower payments and let’s me have the choice to get something with better gas mileage since I drive much more than I used to. Look for the silver linings!

18 thoughts on “How to Get Out of a Bad, Funky Day

  1. I totally agree that thinking of all the things you have to be grateful for can really boost your mood. I don’t do this as much as I should, but it’s a free and easy way to feel better!

  2. These are such a great tips to beat a bad day or a week. It is so important to give time to yourself and to be positive at all times for you to get rid those bad things that happened or may happen in your day.

  3. I rarely have a bad day, but when I do, they feel like the worst day of my life. These are some useful tips to get out of that funk. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Fantastic tips. Number 2 is my favourite. Sometimes when things are going wrong for me I get it in my head that my life is just one string of doom and gloom. I find that meditation and walking away from the black cloud gives me the perspective I need to keep moving beyond whatever it is that might not be going right at this particular time in my life.

  5. I like this, very timely. I just gone through a bad week last week. Sometimes you just have to let it all out first for you to be able to move forward. Thanks for sharing!

  6. These are great ways to get rid of your bad days. It is so important to have time to yourself and take a deep breathe for you to recharge and take a time to process your thoughts and emotions.

  7. I’ve had such a funk lately, I feel like every time something starts to get better, I get knocked back down again. I’m really going to try and use these ideas to help. Thanks.

  8. Ah yes, a grateful heart truly does wonders. Whenever I’m feeling down or desperate, I always think about the things in my life that I should be thankful for and it does help in taking the blues away.

  9. This is a really great post. You provided some really great advice and tips on how to get through a funk. I definitely learned a few new tricks here.

  10. Great tips! When I’m having a bad day I focus on remembering that it is only a temperary situation and things will always get better!

  11. These are some great tips for getting through a day that has you in a funk. I know that taking a step back and thinking about the good things always helps me.

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