Our tips and tricks for re-invigorating a not-so-great day.
You’re running late for a meeting. You spilled coffee in your lap. You have too many things to do and not enough hours in the day to do them. From the Monday-est of Mondays to struggling over the hump of Wednesday, let’s face it: We’ve all been there.
So whether you just need a quick afternoon pick-me-up or you’re looking for a few self-care ideas, here are 10 simple ways to — as Taylor Swift says — shake it off.
You may not be able to hit a reset button on your day, but these wellness ideas can help you reset your frame of mind, so you’re back on your A-game in no time.
1. Get Your Blood Pumping
Pound the pavement on a brisk walk or run. Take some jabs … at a punching bag. Hop on your bike and feel the wind in your hair. There’s nothing like a good sweat session to shrug off the day.
2. Find Your Om
Put down your phone. No, seriously, put it down! Sometimes it pays to regroup and ground yourself. Put your to-do lists on pause — even for just two minutes — and find a comfortable spot to sit. Close your eyes, breathe gently, and be aware of your body. (Did you put your phone down?)
3. Refresh Your Space
You may not possess control over a work or life situation, but you can brighten your bedroom so it’s not a total snoozefest. Move the furniture around in your bedroom so you have a new vantage point. Add a plant or a vase of flowers to your nightstand. Change up texture and color by swapping out throw pillows and blankets from other rooms of the house.
4. Fire Up Some Tunes
A study in the Journal of Psychology found that people who listened to upbeat music improved their moods and boosted their happiness. Shake it out with Florence and the Machine, let out your inner angst with Alanis, and get that good soul in your feet with Justin Timberlake.
5. Have a Long Bath
Achieve that “spa-ha” moment by settling into a hot bath. Pour a glass of wine or a cup of tea, throw in some good-smelling Epsom soaking salts, put on some music, and try not to drop your magazine (or phone) into the tub.
6. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude
Why not try and jot down some daily gratitude? Keep a calendar or small journal by your bed to track the things that have gone right in your day. Try to focus on the positive (after all, it’s not supposed to turn into a middle school slam book).
7. Sit in the Sun
Ditch the dishes, the dirty laundry, and the daily doldrums. Take a moment each day to step outside. Feel the warm sun on your face. Breathe. (As Bob Marley says: “Every little thing is gonna be alright” … eventually.)
8. Crack Open a Book
Get lost in a good romance novel or interior design magazine. Or, you know, a scintillating political thriller or fact-filled biography (no judgment!). Tuck into your latest Kindle read, and zone out!
9. Phone a Friend
Don’t just vent your frustrations via text. Bounce ideas off your bestie via the phone (that thing in your hand that lets you text and post Instagram stories). Your ride-or-die can surely distract you from your day of a day.
10. Hit the Mattress
Allswell that ends well, right? Sometimes the quickest way to reset the day is simply to head to bed. Tomorrow, after all, is another day!