Bad days happen; they are what make the good days that much better. When you have a bad day you don’t want it to carry over into the next day. Still, some of us will wake up the next day thinking about the mistakes, problems, or bad feelings from the day before. Instead, we should be treating each day as a fresh start.
When you carry over the negatives from one day you almost guarantee that you’re going to have another bad day. You’re still focused on whatever went wrong and that’s stopping you from focusing on the good in a new day.
It’s not always easy to treat a new day as a fresh start. It’s up to you to put the past behind you and start with a clean slate. While it can be difficult, it’s worth it.
I’ve been dealing with this quite a bit lately. Knowing that it’s time to leave my job makes the work week that much harder to get through. Tack on the impatience to leave and the ongoing stresses there and you’ve got someone who’s carrying one bad day into the next.
I don’t want to drag my days down with yesterday’s issues, but like I said, it’s not easy to start fresh sometimes. I know I have to though in order to move forward with improving my life. Wallowing in yesterday’s stress isn’t doing that.
So, starting tomorrow I’ll be treating each day as a fresh start. In order for tomorrow to be a new day I’ll have to deal with my irritations the night before. This means that I will need to address the issues that need addressing and then let the remaining ones end with the day. Carrying around minor grievances will not improve my life.
In addition to addressing issues, I’ll also put in place some dedicated “me-time”. A hot bubble bath does wonders for my mental state. I’ve noticed that my attitude is much better when I do something nice for myself, especially after a work day. For me that means taking a bath or reading a book. I’ve also been thinking about taking up meditation again. I’ve tried it a few times but have yet to find my groove. I remember feeling more calm when I was practicing regularly.
During this time I’ll also remind myself of all the good things I have in my life. We all have things in our life to be grateful for and we shouldn’t take them for granted. I know that when I allow the negatives from a day carry over I am not appreciating the good things in life.
When my head hits the pillow I will have released my anger, frustration, irritation, sadness, etc. from the day, rejuvenated my mental state with valuable “me-time”, and reminded myself of all the things I am thankful for in my life. When I wake up, the next day will be a fresh start for me to live as I want.
Those are just a few suggestions for giving yourself a fresh start to the day. What do you do to start your day fresh? Or, do you carry around yesterday’s bad day? Let’s hear it!