You’re Not Always Going To Feel Great: How To Deal With Having A Bad Day
You’re at work and you’re not feeling it. Or on a long run and your legs just don’t have the bounce they usually do. Somehow you managed to get two parking tickets in the same day. You’re feeling slow and there’s just not enough caffeine in the world to give you the energy you need. Sometimes things just don’t go your way or you’re not feeling the way you want. You’re having a bad day, you’re in a funk and there’s nothing you can do about it.
What happens to you when things don’t feel great? Do you start making excuses? Do you become someone who’s a little less appealing to be around? What happens to you when you’re not quite feeling up to par or at the top of your game? I know that I’m not always who I want to be when things aren’t going my way and it has to stop. I’ve been recognizing and working on this part of myself, but I have so far to go it’s not even funny.
How do I make myself step it up when I’m not feeling so hot? That’s the million dollar question and I think it starts with getting to know yourself more than you do now. I know it sounds easy, but the first step in not having a day when you feel worn out, tired, irritable or unproductive is making sure that you take care of yourself in the ways your mind and body requires. Here are some things you should think about:
Sleep: are you getting enough sleep at night? How much sleep do you need to feel rested? lack of sleep is a major cause of bad days, so get to know how much you need and make sure you get in the amount you need. I’m really bad at getting enough sleep and I have a feeling that a lot of other people are, too.
Emotional Stability: How are you feeling emotionally? Do you have something on your mind that’s been bothering you and that you need to get off your chest? If you do and you’re not doing anything about it (talking through it with someone, writing about it, dealing with it, etc.) then it could get you into a bad mood that’s hard to shake. Bite the bullet, get it off your chest and move on to bigger and better things. This is something I’m trying to get better at, but it’s a slow (and sometimes painful) process.
Physical Fitness: If you’re in terrible shape and not taking care of yourself physically you’re going to feel the consequences sooner or later. There’s no better way to keep your stress levels in check than by getting a good workout in. I don’t care if it’s a run, walk, swim, bike or yoga — getting out and getting moving is a great way to keep you in a better mood.
Being Honest With Yourself: You’re the only one who knows what you need in order to perform at the level you need to be, so it’s up to you to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. Don’t become obsessed with what other people are doing — they’re not you and they don’t work like you do. Do what you need to do, be honest with yourself and put yourself in the best position you possibly can. This doesn’t mean that you’re always going to feel great, but you’ll have the best chance for being at the top of your game on a consistent basis.
Are you always going to feel great? Of course not. There are going to be days that you’re going to struggle through and that’s OK. It’s during those days that you need to recognize what’s going on, why and how you can make it though in a productive and positive way. Everyone can perform on the days that feel great, but it’s the bad days that show us what we’re really made of. With the right preparation and expectations we can make it though them without sacrificing too much productivity, sanity or positivity.