You know those days when nothing seems to go your way and you wish you could just go back to bed, hit the reset button and start it all over again? Well, yesterday was one of those days for me. I have been feeling a little under the weather the past few days, scratchy throat, headache, drained, which resulted in a day that I felt awful and couldn’t wait for to be over.
I kept reminding myself it’s just a bad day not a bad life because sometimes I tend to get a little dramatic about things and when I am feeling not so great I can find myself dwelling on the negative. I started to think about my birthday which is at the end of this month and about what I have accomplished so far in life and then comes the dreaded questions; Should I be more successful by now? Am I on the right path? Did I make the right decisions this far? I mean I am officially entering my late twenties which is slightly petrifying considering as a teen I thought I would probably be married and have kids by 27, which I’m not but I’m getting there – slowly but surely.
It is so easy to think about all the negative things in your life when you’re having a down day and put unnecessary pressure on yourself but that’s when things spirals way out of any reasonable perspective and your bad day quickly turns into a hideous one. At the end of the day it is up to you what you give power to and whether you choose to embrace the positive or dwell on the negative and sometimes you just have to be kinder to yourself and remember that you are doing the best you can.
There are lots of things I like to try to do in order to turn a bad day around and yesterday was no exception. I had a candlelit bubble bath, bought some new makeup (because any excuse really), watched some of my favourite TV shows, currently Wag’s and Stranger Things, and picked up a new magazine to switch off and bury my head in for a hour. While all this was great they each only temporarily enhanced my mood and I find the only proper cure is an early night with an early wake up call. As I sit here at 8am with a cup of coffee in hand writing this post I feel a million times better than yesterday and back to my normal positive outgoing self so excited about the future and about turning another year older because to be honest I love birthdays, what’s not to love, you get spoilt and can do whatever you wish.
So I guess I wrote this post in case any of you are currently having a bad day or worse a bad week, just remember everybody has them, you are not alone and if you didn’t have bad days you would not be able to fully appreciate the really good ones. If today is not your day be a little selfish and do something that always makes you happy, maybe a little retail therapy, a trip to the cinema or a swim normally does the trick for me. Whatever it may be just pick one thing that always makes you happy to be alive and do that. Remember that there are plenty more fantastic days ahead that will make all the bad days totally worth it as you will have something to compare them to which in turn will make them feel even more fantastic. Think about all the amazing things you have in your life, great friends, an incredible partner, a beautiful family or just a sick makeup collection, it’s those things that all add up to be the big things that make your life a fantastic one and when you think about the great things you have it will make you feel so happy to be here and make you not want to waste your days being down in the dumps.
Here’s to great days everyday!