Rough Day? How to Be Kind to Yourself
Rough Day? Some days are just plain rough. Maybe you feel under-slept and grumpy from
the get-go. And things only get worse
from there. You spill your coffee, miss
your bus or the traffic’s terrible. You’re late for your meeting, no time for
lunch and you wish you’d spent the day in bed.
you’re having a terrible day, stop for a minute, take a deep breath and take
some time out to be kind to yourself. You can’t undo the bad things that have
already happened, but you can turn around your bad day right now. Here are four simple things you can do to be kind to
yourself and stop that rough day in its tracks.
Rough Day? 4 Tips to Feel Better
Take some time out
When everything seems to be going
wrong, you can stop that negative spiral by taking a break. Get out of the
office if you can, go and do some deep breathing in the park or even look out
of the window for a few minutes.
Practice some deep breathing and
maybe have an herbal tea or a glass of water. Anything that makes you feel
calmer and more in control.
Plan a treat
If your day is going from bad to
worse, make a plan to do something luxurious and relaxing. A long bath with the
good bath oil, get takeout for dinner, book a weekend away or set up dinner
with your partner or a friend.
Give yourself something to look
Reset your self-talk
Take a moment to look at how you’re
talking to yourself. Are you beating yourself up? Do the words ‘you always’ or
‘you never’ crop up in your self-talk? Or maybe ‘you’re no good’, or ‘why can’t
Reset your Inner Critic to your Inner
Champion and turn that self-talk around. Would you talk to a friend like that?
No way! Then be kind to yourself. Everyone has bad days, you need nurturing,
not beating up!
Celebrate the small wins
Sometimes it can feel like an
achievement to get through the day at all! If you’re having a bad day, write
down all your wins, big and small.
If you took the time to eat lunch,
made it to the gym or yoga class, fed
your family, and walked the dog you are on a winning streak! Make it fun and pat yourself on the back for
all the checks on your list. Make it even more fun by writing down the bad
things that didn’t happen. You didn’t spill coffee on your boss; you didn’t miss the bus, you didn’t forget to
pick up the kids.
Celebrate just getting through!
To put yourself first is very empowering. Think
back on a time when you've taken a stand or done something to change
your situation instead of complaining about it. I bet your confidence
went through the roof once you started talking action.
here on out, I want you to think of complaining as a clue to take
action. When you hear yourself complain about something, or when you
start thinking about complaining, stop and ask yourself what you can do
about it. What can you do to change and improve the situation? Not only
is it much more productive use of your time and energy than whining and
complaining, it is also a great way to build your courage and self-confidence and put yourself first.
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