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5 Ways to Rescue a Day Gone Bad

Have you ever had a day where you feel like you can’t do anything right?

Whether it starts with a single small mistake or a much bigger issue, we’ve all had a day like that sometime in our lives. However, we often have more control over days like that than we think. Stopping a day where you can’t do anything right is really just about changing the momentum of your day.  Here’s how to do that:

1. Clear your head: On days like this, our brains can be our own worst enemy. We weigh our minds down with worries about the mistakes we’ve already made and anticipate ones in the future.

To escape this string of failures, what you need to do is clear your head. You can go for a walk, do a quick coffee run, or just take a few minutes to meditate at your desk. Whichever way you choose, taking the time to clear you head can change the direction of your day.

2. Pick an easy win: Sometimes, all you need to break a string of losses is a win. It doesn’t even matter if the win is a small one. On a day where you feel like you can’t do anything right, your brain can be your own worst enemy.

Picking an easy win can be the key to re-establishing your confidence.

3. Sweat it out: While we have created a complex society, we are still the same Homo Sapiens who had to hunt for food and fight for survival on a daily basis. We have “fight or flight” reactions that make perfect sense for survival, but are very counter-productive in the average office environment.

Taking a brief exercise break can help you burn off the stress hormones that you’ve built up and clear your head.

4. Trade it off: If one task is proving particular insurmountable for you, can you trade it off with a colleague for one that they dislike? You’ll still end up with a difficult task, but perhaps you can get one that you find more manageable than the particular task that was causing you such troubles.

5. Bow out gracefully: Sometimes matters are truly beyond our control. Perhaps you came to work sick, or have some other obstacle to you finishing your day. Either way, sometimes getting out of the way of trouble is the best way to not encounter it.

Remember, many times a bad day can be rescued before it’s too late. So, don’t surrender before you give it a try!

Alex Conde writes at  Searching for Happy

Photo credit: ‘Life Guard‘ by Big Stock

  • http://www.lifestyleupdated.com/ Slavko@LifestyleUpdated

    Going with our head against the wall always ends up bad.
    Similar to this we should sometimes leave it be, like you said under number 5.

    However, I’ve found some of the things you mentioned to be quite useful Alex.
    Like for instance clearing our heads- I find walking with my dog to be very relaxing on such days when everything seems to be going wrong.
    Also I agree with your idea of picking an easy win. We get a momentum sort of speak.

    And about exercise, the flow of endorphin is always welcomed :)

    Short, but very useful post.

    • Alex Conde

      Thanks Slavko!

      I’m glad you found the post useful.

      I especially like your idea of walking with your dog. Pets are great helpers when it comes to relaxing and clearing your head.

  • http://hanofharmony.com/ The Vizier/Han of Harmony

     Hi Alex,

    Yeah I certainly had bad days.  

    I think you have put together 5 great ways to rescue a day gone bad.  Here are the thoughts that crossed my mind as I read them.

    1.  Clear your head

    This is a great idea.  Sometimes what you need is a change of environment.  It doesn’t have to be the countryside or what.  Maybe all you need is to leave your desk for a few short moments to clear your head.  When you come back, you will be calmer and more refreshed.

    2.  Pick an easy win

    Big problems can be overwhelming.  But if we break it down into smaller and more manageable pieces, it is easier to get an easy win.  As we keep winning, we can build momentum and turn a bad day around.  It is the small things that matter and make a difference.  

    Thank you for sharing this lovely article!

    Irving the Vizier

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      Great thoughts Irving! I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      Great thoughts Irving! I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      Great thoughts Irving! I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

  • http://philsanko.com/ Phil Sanko

    Great read.  One thing that I started doing on my “not so great” days is watching some type of video (usually YouTube) that I know I’ve died laughing at before.  For me, laughter is one of the best medicines and it works every time.  I can be sad, angry, frustrated, etc but taking a moment to laugh at something completely turns my day around!

  • http://philsanko.com/ Phil Sanko

    Great read.  One thing that I started doing on my “not so great” days is watching some type of video (usually YouTube) that I know I’ve died laughing at before.  For me, laughter is one of the best medicines and it works every time.  I can be sad, angry, frustrated, etc but taking a moment to laugh at something completely turns my day around!

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      Excellent thought Phil. It’s amazing how much just having a good laugh can make a situation seem better!

  • http://twitter.com/SteveWhiteToday Steve White

    People are very quick to label an entire day as “bad” after just a few unfortunate events. The problem is that people assume that because the day is tainted, they can simply give up. The truth of the matter is that the day only becomes bad once you give up. Any day (month, year, lifetime) can be turned around at any given point if we can just stop and say “From this point forward, it’s going to be a good one.” Believing in something does a lot to change the outcome.

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      True. Changing the momentum of the day changes the day. If you believe you’re having a day when you can’t do anything right, you’re creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      Sometimes though, for people who can’t change their momentum by belief alone, there can be other tools that help you in changing that momentum.

  • http://www.michellecolonjohnson.com/ Michelle Colon-Johnson

    Wonderful blog , Alex. I enjoyed reading this. Such wonderful advise and sage wisdom.

  • http://www.michellecolonjohnson.com/ Michelle Colon-Johnson

    Wonderful blog , Alex. I enjoyed reading this. Such wonderful advise and sage wisdom.

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      Thank you Michelle! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      Thank you Michelle! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • http://www.michellecolonjohnson.com/ Michelle Colon-Johnson

    Wonderful blog , Alex. I enjoyed reading this. Such wonderful advise and sage wisdom.

  • http://pristineperception.com/ Suzanne

    Being in nature is definitely a healer. Whether walking my dog or just walking..Thing is we must stop the negative thoughts/expectations at the first go. Just because we woke up late doesn’t mean our day is doomed. That is old outdated thinking. Just because something doesn’t go right the first time, means nothing but what we decide so. What to do? Decide differently!
    If I struggle, or have low motivation,  I definitely do what you suggest, pick an easy win, thus building confidence.
    Good post, thanks!

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      I completely agree. Too many people get a negative outlook far too quickly. We all need to remember that as long as we’re still breathing there are still chances to make it better!

  • http://pristineperception.com/ Suzanne

    Being in nature is definitely a healer. Whether walking my dog or just walking..Thing is we must stop the negative thoughts/expectations at the first go. Just because we woke up late doesn’t mean our day is doomed. That is old outdated thinking. Just because something doesn’t go right the first time, means nothing but what we decide so. What to do? Decide differently!
    If I struggle, or have low motivation,  I definitely do what you suggest, pick an easy win, thus building confidence.
    Good post, thanks!

  • BAM Marketing

    Excellent post- we really believe that a positive attitude is one of the most valuable things in life. We one hundred percent agree with the advice to clear your head- look at the future and not the past! :) 

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      Great advice! I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

      Thanks for your comment!

    • http://www.searchingforhappy.com/ Searching for Happy

      Great advice! I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

      Thanks for your comment!

  • http://www.motivation.net.au/ Motivated

     I like the way you explained about “5 Ways to Rescue a Day
    Gone Bad”. I think you’ve made some truly interesting points. Not too
    many people would actually think about this the way you just did.

  • http://www.Minecraftmods.org/ Janine Estore

    nice tips :)

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