20 Ideas to Lift your Spirits on a Bad Day

You’re not above having a bad day, are you? Neither am I. The problem is when a bad day feels like a bad life.

Any number of things can get us down. Kids not cooperating. A package didn’t come. Your spouse is doing that annoying thing again. And then there are the huge disappointments.

Forget all that. Let’s focus on lifting spirits.

Here’s the brainstorm:

  1. Remind yourself that it’s just a day, not a life.
  2. Take a walk.
  3. Think of something to do for someone else.
  4. Take 10 minutes to process the bad feeling.
  5. Call a friend and confess what’s going on.
  6. Exercise like crazy.
  7. Do simple, constructive things around the house.
  8. Take the rest of the day off.
  9. Have a glass of wine.
  10. Listen to music.
  11. Watch old reruns of Seinfeld.
  12. Think about what you’re learning today.
  13. Ask yourself what you’re grateful for.
  14. Make a long list of what you’re grateful for.
  15. Keep making that list until you feel grateful.
  16. Compare yourself to people from the Dark Ages.
  17. Plan a vacation.
  18. Talk to an old friend from high school.
  19. Candy Crush.
  20. Write in your journal (start one).

How long it took me to make this list…

Five minutes!

If I can write 20 things to do to lift your spirits on a bad day – in five minutes – you can too. More importantly, you can choose one or more to actually do. The question is: Are you willing to do it?

If so, you’ll need to let go of the bad day feeling. That can be difficult because sometimes we want to hang onto negative feelings. We feel entitled to them, as if we’ve earned the right to feel crappy! It’s self-sabotage.