So you’ve had a rough, no-good, just-plain-terrible day. The kind of day that makes you want to crawl into bed and not wake up for a week. While that does sound kind of great, I think we all know that hiding under your covers might not be the best way to deal. Try a few of these ideas to decompress and rekindle that fire inside you:
Get some fresh air
After a tough day, fresh air is a must. Nature is good for the soul and taking in some fresh air will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. It brings you clarity and increases serotonin levels, meaning your mood will get an instant face-lift.
Exercise is one of the most effective and overlooked stress relievers and mood boosters out there. Just 10 minutes of exercise, whether it’s a simple walk or a more intense HIIT workout, will get your body producing endorphins guaranteed to boost your mood and bring you a sense of clarity. Even better- take your workout outdoors to increase those mood-boosting and stress-relieving effects.
Have a good laugh
The internet is a fantastic place to find silly, goofy memes and pictures- take advantage and pin your favorites to a Pinterest board for easy access when you need a good laugh. Not a Pinterest person? Hop on over to YouTube or throw your favorite comedy in the DVD player to put a smile on your face.
Take a hot bath
Soaking in a hot bath has a way of making your stress and worries feel a world away. Turn down the lights, put on your favorite music, and let it all melt away.
Make a list of the things you’re grateful for right now
After a sh*t day, it’s easy to lose perspective. Grab a notepad and start listing the things in your life that you’re grateful for right at this very moment. Your mom. Your sister. Your dog. Your muscles. Seeing a concrete list of all the great things in your life is a gentle reminder that while today wasn’t great, there are a number of things to thank your lucky stars for.
Light a candle and stretch it out
Do yourself a favor: light your favorite candle, grab your yoga mat, and stretch. The stress you’ve been feeling all day makes your muscles tense, and stretching helps relax them, in turn helping relax your mind and bring you a sense of calm.
Grab your furry friend
Animals are the best kind of stress relief and bringers-of-happiness. After a long day, there’s nothing better than coming home to a dog who is JUST SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU. It’s impossible not to feel better. Don’t have a furry friend of your own? Hop on http://cuteroulette.com/#/ or Pinterest to find some adorable animals that will put a smile on your face.
Read a book
Ahh there’s nothing like a good book to turn off your brain and let your mind get lost in the story. Picking up your favorite read is shown to help de-stress and un-frazzle our minds- so grab your favorite Harry Potter book and get to reading.
Vent it out
To your best friend, your mom, or whoever your person is. Not big on talking about your feelings? Grab a notepad and vent your frustrations on paper. Whichever your preferred method, get those frustrations out! Once they’re out, it’s easier to get your sense of calm and clarity back.
Pull yourself together
You’ve gotten your fresh air and taken a hot bath. Now it’s time to pull it together, girl. Elizabeth Taylor said it best: