What to Think when You’re Having a Bad Day

Ever have one of those days where you think to yourself, “I should have just stayed in bed!” I know that I have had days where everything, from the time my feet hit my bedroom’s floor, goes terribly wrong, and I count the minutes until I clock out of work and race to my car in the parking lot. I crank up the radio and just can’t wait to get home, pour myself a big glass of wine, take a nice hot shower, and read a book in bed, my safe place.

When these days happen, what gets you through the day? Whenever I have a bad day, I press the pads of my index fingers and thumb together, take a deep breath, and think “This too shall pass,” which the mantra of my mother, who has repeated that quotation since I was a little girl. You’re right, Mom, the issue at hand, will pass, and I, will be fine…

Everyone handles stress and bad days differently. I collected mantras from other bloggers across the Internet; please enjoy them below…

Inhale the good shit, exhale the bullshit.

“Inhale the good shit, exhale the bullshit.”

I love this mantra because it really is as easy as breathing out the bad. No matter if it one incident or a period in your life, it is always best to keep your head up and be positive.

Yolanda from Inspire and Wander

How can I turn this day around-

“How can I turn this day around?”

If I am having a bad day, I like to ask myself, “How can I turn this day around?”  Dwelling on the negative is a roadblock to contentment and if something did go wrong, I remind myself, things can only get better. I try to teach this to my children as well. I will often ask them, “How can we turn this frown upside down?” or “Let’s find what you need to make things better.” A snuggle or connection with me will do the trick most times. We all have bad days, but it is best to keep a positive attitude. Although that is not possible 100% of the time, we can use our “bad days” as inspirations to make life improvements and remembering those low times only helps us appreciate the amazing days that much more.

Sarah Molenda from I Heart Frugal

Copy of This too shall pass.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you.” or “This is a blessing in disguise.”

It shifts my perspective from paranoia (universe is against you) to pronoia (everything is for you/ to help you)… so many times we don’t see the blessing in the current “curse” until later on in hindsight.
For example: “Thank God I missed that flight because I wouldn’t have bumped into the love of my life at the airport later that day”… or maybe more subtle, how do we know that if we hadn’t tripped over that stick, we wouldn’t have arrived to the crosswalk 5 seconds sooner and that racing car that came around the corner might have hit us? Or if I hadn’t been severely sick in bed for 1 week I would have amazing realization/ breakthrough/ opportunity, etc. The butterfly effect! 🙂 So I always thank every bad day and any situation, no matter how seemingly “negative.”

Silvia from Siya Yoga

It's all good.

“It’s all good.”

This is something that my husband is known for saying. It’s a reminder that no matter how chaotic or stressful the situation, everything will be okay. It’s easy to get caught up and stress over small things. Sometimes saying, “It’s all good” helps me remember what matters most.

Lacee from Lacee Does Life

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“Get some sleep, and it will look better in the morning.”

It is so cliched, but in almost every situation it seems to ring true. I’m a sensitive person, so I can get worked up about things big and small… but even the most intense things I’ve been through in life are usually worst at night, and at least a little bit better after I’ve woken up in the morning. And of course, then I remind myself to “be nice to myself” the next day, which is something my mom always tells me if I’ve had a bad day.

Laura from A Kaleidoscope Heart

Nevertheless, she persisted.

“Nevertheless, she persisted.” -said by Mitch McConnell about Elizabeth Warren

It’s so simple, but it’s so powerful. When I’m having a bad day, I would want someone to say this about me. It’s short, sweet, but conveys both girl power and the need to constantly push on, because bad days will come to an end when the sun goes down, and I am stronger than one bad day.

Kylee from According 2 Her

What can I be grateful for right now-

A quotation I use to pull me through a bad day or rough experience is this, “What can I be grateful for right now?” This pulls my mind away from whatever is uncomfortable or undesirable and brings me back to a space of abundance, light, and calm. It reminds me that there is always good around me, that I always have everything I need, and that I am exactly where I am meant to be at all times.

Riley Reign, blogger & intuitive mentor from Spirit and Soul Blog & Riley Reign

Final Thoughts

I hope some of these mantras help get you through your next tough day.

Which quotation above impacts you most?

What do you tell yourself when you have a bad day?

Namaste.

What to Think when You_re Having a Bad Day

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41 thoughts on “What to Think when You’re Having a Bad Day

  1. I like “How can I turn this day around?.” and the quotes on being thankful. It helps put things into perspective for me in a bad or stressful situation. I’ve been really stressed at work lately, and this is timely advice for me. I am bookmarking your website. I think your blog is really interesting too. 🙂

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  2. I love the “inhale the good shit, exhale the bullshit” quote. When I’m having a bad day I always stop and ask myself “what can you do to change this”? If there’s nothing I can do, I try to find more productive uses for my stress and busy mind. If I can do something, I do.

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  3. I think focusing on the positive is such a good thing in this stressful world! My favorite is “What can I do to turn this day around.” I think that will be my mantra for the week!

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  4. Great collection of quotes… thanks for sharing! It’s so true that in the midst of a bad day you can feel better about things just by reminding yourself that it will indeed pass!

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  5. When a family member was diagnosed with a terminal illness, a friend told me to think and say, “Shalom” (Peace), when I felt overwhelmed. It did help, when I remembered to do it. Some Bible verses help me too, such as Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (NKJV)

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  6. I have to say that Yolanda’s mantra really speaks to me and I might use that one in the future! You know I can’t even remember what I say to pick myself up when I am feeling bad. I think it tends to be in relation to whatever is vexing me.

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  7. I love these! So many different ones to choose from! They all can be applied to different times and accomplish the same thing – release from the bad and a new view point. I don’t know that I have a favorite so I think I’ll just use them all!

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  9. Love this post so much!!! When I have a bad day or things are going wrong I like to think that it’s really just a blessing in disguise … I just don’t know it yet 🙂

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  10. I love these quotes! All too often when becoming upset, I allow it to control how I feel for far too long. I love it’s all good and the exhale bullshit. There is so much always going on that it takes a minute to realise, hey, everything is going to be fine. Thanks, Great work!

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