17 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You’ve Had a Bad Day

It’s rare when I have a really bad day, but when a bad day comes there are some things that I do to help improve my mood, or at least help me have the patience to make it to the next day. Here are my top 17 favorite mood changing activities:
1. Write in your journal. Writing/venting your feelings can be so therapeutic! If you don’t know where to start then check out this post for types of journals to find which one fits you best.
2. Go for a walk– I get super depressed and cranky if I’ve been cooped up all day. Getting some vitamin D, exercise, and fresh air does wonders for my mood.
3. Have a spa night. Or a spa hour, whichever you have time for. I always feel better when I feel pretty and physically taken care of. You can paint your nails, shave your legs, pluck your eyebrows, do a face mask, or try a new hairstyle…. or all of the above if you have enough time on your hands! Once a year I pay for a full body massage or spa package and it’s so nice to get pampered without having to do the work.
4. Read a good book– I’m a huge book worm. Reading can temporarily take me out of the current stressful reality that I’m in, and gives me a whole new perspective on life. If you need a break and your mind won’t stop dwelling on the negative then a book is the best place to start.
5. Watch a heartfelt movie or TV show– Movies such as The Letter Writer and TV shows such as Gilmore Girls, Good Witch, and The New Girl always make me laugh and feel a little bit better about life.
6. Make yourself a healthy meal– physical health is extremely important when it comes to our mood. If you eat like crap then you’ll feel like crap. Try making (or buying) yourself a healthy salad, stir-fry, or soup. I usually prefer soup when I’m having a bad day and need comfort.
7. Be patient with yourself- You’re allowed to have feelings, and you will have a bad day once in a while. Without bad days then we really won’t appreciate the good ones. Understand that this is just a short time in the span of your life, and feelings come and go.
8. Declutter something– I usually feel overwhelmed when I’m having a bad day, so decluttering and clearing a space in my home always makes a difference. With less stuff I feel lighter and more able to focus on what’s important. Check out my minimalism section for ideas on getting started.
9. Serve someone– This is sometimes the hardest to do, but it’s the most rewarding. There are a lot of places that you can volunteer such as an animal shelter, old folks home, women’s shelter, homeless shelter, etc. Serving others always helps me realize that my problems really aren’t that big. If you don’t feel like communicating with others then you can donate blood or plasma, or bring food to a local food bank. Also, if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands then just complimenting something that a person says or wears can make their entire day…and yours.
10. Go on a picnic– This one gives you a great excuse to get some fresh air and a healthy meal. If you don’t have someone to go on a picnic with then take a book!
11. Star-gaze: At the end of a hard day I like to find a dark, quiet place, and just look at the stars. It helps me realize that there’s a whole world of possibilities outside of my problems that I can choose to focus on instead. The stars are also really pretty to look at, which can be relaxing by itself.
12. Take a bath– Do you prefer bubbles, or no bubbles? Salts or no salts? Take a relaxing bath however you like and watch as your mood improves!
13. Meditate– Meditation does wonders on relaxing and calming the mind. There are free apps that you can download and listen to from anywhere.
14. Get crafty– I am a TERRIBLE artist! Something about holding a paintbrush in my hand though is extremely therapeutic. I’ll grab a piece of paper, whatever paint colors I have on hand, and then paint my emotions. Painting may not be your thing, but creating something new, and keeping your hands busy, will help your bad day turn into a good one.
15. Listen to uplifting music– I’m a huge believer in the power of music. Which songs are your favorite to motivate and inspire you? Create a playlist with them and listen to them as many times as it takes to improve your mood.
16. Take a nap– If you can then take a nap and restart the day. Second chances are always possible!
17. Try something new– Once in a while I get stuck in a bad repetitive rut. Trying something new mixes up the monotony a little bit and helps my mood immensely.


Take charge of your bad day and turn it into one of the best days. You CAN do it, even if you have to take it one hour at a time.







One thought on “17 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You’ve Had a Bad Day

  1. Denice

    June 1, 2017 at 4:32am

    I personally opt to write or declutter when I have a bad day. Helps free my mind off of things. Will try the other activities you have shared. 🙂

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  2. Elizabeth O.

    May 31, 2017 at 3:56am

    Self care is totally important and it’s nice to have a few things that you enjoy that you can do during your down time. I always make sure that I have a good book with me!

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  3. Blair villanueva

    May 31, 2017 at 12:47am

    They say, if you don’t know how to take of yourself, then you never know how to take care of others. Ourselves comes first.
    I love your listicles, ah especially having a spa night. Regularly.

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  4. Cynthia Nicoletti

    May 30, 2017 at 10:36pm

    I think everyone should read your post because we all have bad days. It was great thank you.

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  5. Azlin

    May 30, 2017 at 7:15pm

    Fabulous ideas, and all so very helpful. My favourite ones are either to have a workout or read, always makes me feel better.

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  6. Nay

    May 30, 2017 at 5:38pm

    Great tips! I declutter or have a long bubble bath when I’m stressed from a bad day.

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  7. Hey Sharonoox

    May 30, 2017 at 4:54pm

    I need this today. This list is something I need to keep me reminded. Going to do #6 and agree with #7. Be patient with myself. Thanks

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  8. Kiwi

    May 30, 2017 at 4:03pm

    I love all of these tips! The nap option is the best one sometimes its something about a nap that can reset your mood.1

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  9. David Elliott

    May 30, 2017 at 3:30pm

    Being patient with myself, decluttering and listening to uplifting music definitely hope. In fact listening to the music while I declutter helps me to process.

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  10. Tonya

    May 29, 2017 at 11:48pm

    Going for a walk always makes me feel better. Maybe it’s because I walk with my dog. Great 17 tips.

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      May 31, 2017 at 11:57am

      I LOVE walking with my dog! Something about having my best friend by my side makes it so much more fun!

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  11. Ana

    May 29, 2017 at 11:07pm

    I like the idea of having a spa day or night and that is something I need to employ. I rarely have time out to myself so that sounds great to me x

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  12. Gracie Gill

    May 29, 2017 at 10:02pm

    Taking a nap is how I cope up with a bad day. It helps my mind be refreshed and think about what to do next. Sometimes I listen to upbeat music or take a walk. This is a great list. I will try to have a spa night too! It sounds very relaxing.

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  13. Gina R

    May 29, 2017 at 10:02pm

    A good meal and a bath can solve almost anything in my book. Self care his so important and too often neglected.

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      May 31, 2017 at 11:58am

      I agree! Taking care of yourself is a priority. When you’re taken care of you can help others a whole lot easier.

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  14. Amber

    May 29, 2017 at 9:25pm

    I like your list. Reading a book always helps me out.

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  15. Jay Colby

    May 29, 2017 at 1:28pm

    Great ideas. I always love mediating!

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  16. Agentszerozerosetter

    May 29, 2017 at 1:00pm

    These are all good and inspiring ideas! I like to take a walk out in the nature with my dogs, it’s so relaxing, my dogs are so funny!

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  17. robin rue

    May 29, 2017 at 11:29am

    Going for walks really helps me. It gives me a chance to clear my head and recharge.

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  18. Corinne & Kirsty

    May 29, 2017 at 10:55am

    I love going for a walk or just ride my bike instead! I am back into reading so any time I am having a bad day, a little read and I feel better! Same for a bath! I had one on Saturday and it was amazing! xx corinne

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      May 31, 2017 at 11:59am

      A bike is a great idea! I agree that it only takes a few minutes a day to recharge.

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  19. Ravi

    May 29, 2017 at 8:35am

    great ideas. Outing, watching a movie, picnic will certainly refresh you..

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  20. Marlene

    May 29, 2017 at 5:28am

    I love going for a walk, and dancing! Dancing gets all the feels out in our home

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