We’ve been through many things, and the bad days may have gotten the most out of us. But not this time. This time around, you’re going to read through this article and maybe do 1 or 2 of them to finally rid yourself off the crappy feeling someone or something may have given you. These are my 5 ways on how to feel good even on a bad day.

Learn from someone

During times like these, I watch Ingrid Nilsen’s videos on YouTube. She’s been through a whole lot of things and she keeps rising up strong. I don’t know how she does it, but she gives us glimpses of her life every now and then. It’s the most beautiful thing – to be inspired by people who have made it through.

Talk to someone, be honest

I never talk to anyone about my problems because I felt it was embarrassing and a waste of other people’s time. With everything I’ve been through, I realized that talking to someone made me feel like I was letting go of a big chunk of my problems. You may choose to keep it in for some time, but try to talk to someone even if your thoughts are a crappy mess. Your real friends will help you sort yourself out.

And for your own sanity, be honest. Tell them everything, every nook and cranny you can think of. Every angry remark and every cliche line from One More Chance. People who love you will accept you and get you through this.

Buy a thing

Nothing keeps my mind out of it better than retail therapy. I’m not proud of this because I tend to regret it after a day, by the way. While you’re sad, think of something that makes you happy and get it. It can be a small thing like a notebook or a pen, or a big thing like new headphones or a trip to nearby province.

It will give you a temporary happiness, but you must get all the happiness you can get. Take your mind off the thing and let go for a while. Enjoy the many things this world has to offer.

Eat/drink your comfort food

This day started out bad until I had a sip of my favorite tea. It’s a comfort food I never knew I had. I always thought it was chocolate but a hot cup of tea or coffee really gave me that warmth my cold heart needed. (Kidding!) Indulge in whatever it is you love eating or drinking, but only do it once a day. While you can spoil your body and mind, bad days should be reserved for taking care of your body as much as you can.

Write about it

This is it. This is my way of letting it all out. By writing about it, I’m able to release my feelings in my introverted way and also distract my mind from anything negative. This time, write for yourself. It’s a healthy thing to be one with your thoughts for a little while and then finally letting go in a way that is most comfortable for you.

Writing can also be in a form of a song. As a music lover, I stand by this certain quote from a letter written in response to the murder of President John Kennedy:

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic

Force yourself to get up.

It was so hard for me to get up from my bed and finish my breakfast but I had to. You have to take good care of yourself this time. Make sure you at least get to eat 3 times a day and drink lots of water. Your body needs it even if your mind and heart can’t understand that for now.

Take a day off and step outside

If you’re not the type to be distracting yourself from your emotions through work, take a day off. However, don’t spend your day inside the house all the time cooped up in bed. Take a walk out, go to church, write a blog outside home, freakin’ smell the flowers.

I personally choose to go to work because it’s my form of distraction and I do get to do this blogging thing the whole day which is a great escape. But when I really can’t do it, which happened a few times back in college, I take a day off (if I can) to be alone in a cafe and write, listen to some music, and take that instantly relaxing whiff of my favorite tea.


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