Not every morning feels like a good morning. There are days when I wake up and I just know it’s gonna be one of those days. Before, I would just wallow in my sorrow, but as I got older, I realized that it’s only up to me to flip a bad day around. I’m so happy to partner with Olay to show you my eight steps on how I deal with a bad day. Step one, make the bed, the first step is something so simple, but important. You spend a huge chunk of your life in this bed, so you should treat it like a haven. Making your bed takes less than a minute, and it’s actually correlated with better productivity, and it gives you a sense of well-being. It also gives you a reason not to jump back in bed, and forces you to get on with your day. Now it’s time to freshen up, hygiene is a huge part of self-care, and your face should not be neglected. I’ve been loving to use Olay Daily Facials because of how easy they are to use. The cloths are nice and dry, so they’re great for traveling, and they never dry out. All you do is add a bit of water, and it lathers up so beautifully. I’m all about efficiency, so that’s why I love that this is a five-in-one product. It removes any makeup from the night before, it washes away dirt and oil, tones skin, hydrates with essential conditioners, and exfoliates to smooth skin. After you cleanse your face, you reuse the same cloth for a final rinse, and you’re done. These are so practical, and they won’t break the bank.
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I always feel a little bit better when my face is cleansed because it invigorates me to get out the door. This next step is something that’s difficult, but I promise the hardest part is going out the door. Stepping outside for a run or a walk always shifts my mindset because it physically gets me out of the house. As much as it’s tempting to stay inside all day, it’ll do your body and mind some good to breathe in the fresh air and get those muscles moving. It also helps you release any pent-up energy from what’s bothering me, and I always feel at least 30% better than how I was feeling before, because the endorphins always kick in after my run. If you have a tub, treat yourself to a bubble bath. This is honestly something I rarely do, so it’s truly quite the treat when I do. I like the fact that when you’re here you can zone out. You’re literally in a hot tub of water with nothing else to do. The smell of a bubble bath is also just a form of aroma therapy which can really help me relax. It’s a bit symbolic too, you can physically imagine yourself washing away your troubles. I’ve always struggled with relaying my conflicts, or talking too heavily about myself to friends or loved ones, so it’s super important for me to find another type of release. Writing is both a healthy and cathartic form of release. I love talking about my feelings, and this is honestly a space where I know I won’t be judged for my thoughts. It doesn’t have to take long, write it on a journal, a protected Tumblr, Google Docs, whatever it is, just write it out. For me, a physical space is sometimes a representation of my mental space.
A cluttered place is a cluttered mind, and it’s really hard to function when a physical environment literally can get in the way. As I get older and older, I realize I love to clean. It makes me feel productive, and even if I’m stressed out on the inside, I know that at least I have a space that enables me to get things done and work sufficiently productively. It’s also just one less worry if I have a full plate of other responsibilities. Last summer I discovered a meditation app called Headspace. There was a point in my life where I would do this daily, but now I just try to get it in whenever I can. Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. Studies have shown that the practice can help develop self-awareness and reduce stress greatly. We live in such a fast-paced instantaneous world, where we just sometimes need to stop and breathe in stillness. Practicing gratitude is the oldest trick in the book, but it works. It’s so easy to forget what we have, and focus on the bad. But really, we all have something to be grateful for. Where you are abundant, remember that someone, somewhere lacks. Redirecting your thoughts and counting your blessings also helps put into perspective how blessed and privileged I am in this life. It might take a bit of work, but in the end, reframing my mind is worth the challenge, so try listing out what you’re grateful for. For me, it’s the people in my life, my home, food, Chicky, and the list goes on.
Alright guys, those are my eight tips on how to deal with a bad day. I have definitely had my fair share of them, so I know what it feels like. Next time you’re in a mental funk, hopefully these tips can help you flip around your day, and I wanna thank Olay for sponsoring this post. Make sure to check out their facial wipes in the description box, so I will leave the link down there. I wanna thank you guys so much for reading and I’ll see you guys in the next one. Bye! (smooching) (peaceful music).