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17 Self-Care Ideas To Do After A Bad Day

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Bad days happen; unfortunately, we can all have them as much as we would like to avoid them. No matter the reason for your bad day, you can look after yourself to try and improve your mood and mindset to put it behind you and start fresh the following day.

You may not be able to control why you have had a bad day, but you are able to control how it makes you feel and if you let the bad day continue. When you get home, the best thing you can so to put it behind you is to focus on yourself, so that it doesn’t take up anymore of your time and energy.

Unfortunately, due to my health conditions, I can have several bad days if my pain and/or fatigue have been overwhelming. Therefore, self-care activities have helped me out those bad days to bed. Self-care in many forms is an effective way to eliminate a bad day; you can focus on your mental health and bring some positivity back before the end of the day. I have compiled a list of ways you can practise self-care after you’ve had a bad day.

1. Spend Time With Loved Ones

After the negativity of a bad day, a great way to improve your mood is to be around your loved ones. Whether that is planning an evening out or just at home for a cosy evening. Being around loved ones will bring more positive emotions like love and laughter. If you also spend time with loved ones it can also give you an opportunity to talk about your bad day, why it bothered you and how you are feeling. It can be a relief to talk about bad days to vent and then let it go. When I have a bad day, I always want to talk to the people closest to me as I know that the will listen to me and make me feel better.

2. Journal

Journaling is a simple, but excellent form of self-care that allows you to express yourself that is free of any judgement. Being able to write what you are thinking can help to relieve the pressure of a bad day. You can write and then leave it on the page if the situation is a problem that needs resolving you can always come back to what you’ve written and look at it from a different mindset. Regular journaling can strengthen your mental health and improve your mood including on the bad days. If you don’t want to necessarily write about the bad day you can use the journaling prompts about other thoughts to focus your mind on positivity and the future.

Read: 25 journaling prompts for better mental health.

3. Have A Bit Of A Pamper

When you have a bad day, it can make you feel rubbish, so having a bit of a pamper can make you feel better and feel much more relaxed. A pamper can mean so many different things. Your pamper activities could be:

Pampering provides you with a break from the stress of a bad day. A pampering session at home provides you with time to switch off and concentrate on you. When you make time to pamper yourself, you are providing yourself with the opportunity to escape reality. This is a really inexpensive way to practise self-care and help you to relieve stress.

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4. Cook Or Order Your Favourite Meal

Cooking can significantly reduce the levels of stress. The goal of self-care is to maximise your own health and cooking can do this. When you prepare your own meals, you have more control over the ingredients. By cooking for yourself, you can ensure that you are eating fresh, wholesome food that will make you feel good. However, if you bad day has left you drained, you can take the pressure off and order your favourite meal.

5. Read

Reading can be a great way to escape and delve into a story that allows you to invest in the characters and focus on the feelings the story is creating. Sitting in a cosy place, a warm drink and maybe even light a candle will transport you to a place of relaxation and you are solely focused on what is happening in the story.

6. Take Time In Nature

Being outside in the fresh air can do wonders for stress levels after a bad day. Nature-based self-care is largely associated with lower levels of stress and anxiety. Nature can generate a multitude of positive emotions such as calmness and joy. So, taking the time to be in nature can help centre you after a bad a day. Here are some nature-based self-care activities, you can try:

Furthermore, the bacteria found in plant life may help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. So, not only will it improve your mood, but your physical and mental health.

7. Practise Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you how to slow down your racing thoughts, let go of negativity and calm your body and your mind. It is combining meditation with mindfulness. Learning how is straightforward with guided meditations on YouTube. These are some simple steps to help you get stated on your own:

Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation. During your meditation, you can focus your attention and eliminate your stressful thoughts.

It is important that you remember bad days do not last and you can control how they make you feel. Self-care is a great wat to relieve the stress of a bad day and focus on yourself. Other self-care activities after a bad could include:

Whatever self-care activity you choose to do will enable you to put your bad day behind you.

What do you like to do after you’ve had a bad day? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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