How to End a Bad Day on a Good Note (And Why You Should)

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Bad days are inevitable, and horrible. It seems that from the moment your alarm goes off to the blissful moment 20 hours later that you drift off to sleep, there is a crisis to tend to. Sometimes when one thing snowballs into another... and another, the only thing you want to do is sit down and cry. But at the end of the day, turning a bad day around on its rear end is the best thing you can do for the sake of your sanity. Even just taking a moment to count your blessings at the end of the day can make you feel better and vastly improve your mood. Feeling a little down today? Check out what you can do to turn a terrible day into a terrific one.

Sing along to your favorite song. When your jam comes on the radio, you know you can't help but smile a little, nod your head and sing along. Singing along to your favorite song releases feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters that can actually help boost your mood! So next time you're stuck in traffic, crank up the volume and try to lose your troubles in the music.

Watch a funny YouTube video. So music's not doing it for you? Rack your brain and think about a funny YouTube video you love. Maybe it's "Ouch, Charlie! That really hurt!" or this hilarious compilation of laughing babies. Whatever your taste in YouTube humor, you'll quickly be laughing out loud in front of your iPad, forgetting your irritating day.

Pet your dog. Or your cat. Or your kid's hamster. Playing with your pet can help relieve some of the stress of your long day. Petting their silky fur can even lead to health benefits: it aids in producing relaxation hormones like serotonin and cuts down on stress hormones. Not only will you feel more relaxed after a few minutes, but your pet will feel calm too. Even better, take your dog with you for a run! You'll be able to clear your head and help get some exercise in for Fido. (via WebMD)

Give and receive a hug. Hugging has multiple health benefits, one of which being that it can calm you down. Production of oxytocin, known as the “cuddle hormone,” serotonin and dopamine are increased when we embrace. This can lift your mood, trigger caring and bonding reflexes, and make you calmer and less anxious. Even when you are hugging goodbye, you still feel a bit better after a hug.

Write about it. Chances are you don't want to ruin someone else's day by venting about yours. So write about it! Drag out your journal and get all your frustrations out on paper. It gives you the chance for a healthy (and cheap) therapy session. Plus, you'll be able to think out your problems and hopefully come up with a solution!


Breathe deeply. If you don't have time to watch a video or play with your pet, try taking a few deep breaths. The old trick of closing your eyes, taking a few deep breaths and counting to 10 really does work. We tend to get overwhelmed when we're stressed out, resulting in short, quick, shallow breaths, which can lead to hyperventilating. Swap those shallow breaths out for deep, calming breaths instead.

Sign out of Facebook. Social media can grind down on your self esteem. By our nature, we tend to compare ourselves to others on social media. Stop comparing! Signing out of Facebook for a while may feel a little bit like going through withdrawal at first, but once you do you'll feel better without all 634 of your closest friends' voices bouncing around your brain.

Count your blessings. List everything you're thankful for in your life. The list will soon become overwhelmingly long and you'll realize how lucky you are, lessening the burdens of your bad day.

Do something selfless for someone you love. Doing a good deed makes you feel good. And if your day gets to the point where you can't control it, try improving someone else's! Surely karma will reward you in the end.

Remember that this is only temporary. If you're going through a difficult day, week, month or even a few years, remind yourself that this too shall pass and all you can do is work your hardest to make the best out of a tough situation.

Turning a bad day into a great one can be as simple as one of the solutions above, and will feel as empowering as a solid kickboxing workout! How do you turn a bad day around? Share with us in the comments below!