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What To Do When You're Having a Bad Day

"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have- life itself"- Walter Anderson 

Let's face it. Some days will be tougher than others. It doesn't matter what is causing the bad day, whether it's a personal problem or a troubling issue at work. What is important is how you respond on these occasions.

Here are 4 things you can do when you're having a bad day:

Act "as if..." 
Even if you don't feel like it, act the way you wish you felt. Act as if you are friendly. Act as if you are enthusiastic. Force yourself to smile. The chances are that your mood will get swept up in the act, and your day will go better.

Change your outlook
By changing your outlook, you can gain a new perspective. You can change your perspective on your problems by imagining how much worse they could be, or you can make your problem smaller in your mind by telling yourself that you will deal with it little by little until it is solved. You can also put the problem out of your mind by telling yourself that there is nothing you can do about it while you are at work or at school, and you will confront the problem later at an appropriate time. I know, it's easier said than done, but it's not impossible.

Practice relaxation techniques
Every time you have a quiet moment, close your eyes and take deep breaths, it'll help clear your mind. If you're feeling angry, pause before you respond to someone and choose your responses thoughtfully. Go for a walk, take a break from whatever you're doing and try clear your mind from everything by telling yourself that it will be okay, you will get through this day.

Share your feelings
It's always good to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Keeping everything inside is not a good thing, and it can result in making things worse. They can calm you down and help you get through your problem. Sometimes we just need someone to help us, to guide us, and to tell us everything will be okay.

Lastly, always remember that bad days don't last forever. Tomorrow is a new day.

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