“It is only a bad day — not a bad life”
Bad days are very dangerous for many reasons. Let’s talk about three main ones.
If you are anything like me, you have a very personal cheerleader cheering you on when you need it the most, and a psychologist telling you what you should do. But sometimes this cheerleader and psychologists are out of town, and you are on your own. Having a bad day when you are on your own, well, sucks.
Some of the things having a bad day does to me is:
- Eat very poorly. I choose my comfort foods as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And on top of this, I think desert is just as good as vegetables.
- Bury myself in my bed, hoping when I wake up my problems will solved and I can go back to happy. Yay!
- Ignore my body needs.
Let’s talk about body needs.
Ignoring body needs means lacking the right nutrition, the meaningful amount of exercise, and the attention and care of your emotional and mental health.
So, don’t be surprised if your shitty day does not turn around after you had a red bull for breakfast, pizza for lunch, and the left over pizza for dinner. It is like putting the lowest quality of gas in your car and being mad and shocked when it suddenly doesn’t run anymore and leaves you on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.
Now, staying in bed is sometimes a sign of depression. But if you don’t find yourself staying in bed five days out of the week, you’re probably just having a bad day. As I said before, we have this tendency to think sleep cures everything, and things magically turn better when our eyes open again. Look, you can run away, but the only way is through, not around it. Stay awake, go for a walk, listen to your music, read, write, but you know what has a 100% successful rate?
Oh wait, you think I meant you have to go lift weights at Gold’s Gym and run miles on end? No. Exercise is anything from going on a long walk, to running around your block a couple times, or doing some really fun stairs around your neighborhood, and guess what, dancing counts too.
Did you know all you have to do is 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week to keep your health up? This is 22 minutes everyday.
OR, 1 hour and 15 minutes of high intensity a week — this is 11 minutes everyday.
Think about that next time you think you don’t have 22 or 11 minutes.
Not forgetting of the most important; your emotional and mental health. Meditation is one of the main resources. Some people think meditation is only done by sitting hours on end, eyes closed, but if you’re anything like me, you go to sleep 5 minutes in. I learned that meditation can be making your tea in the morning, walking your dog, writing, singing, car rides. When you think of meditation, think of that one thing that has the ability to take you to your favorite place.
Always remember; it is only a bad day, not a bad life.