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Everyone has a bad day from time to time. There are bad days and then there are really bad days. Being an adult is overrated. When we’re kids we cannot wait to grow up and make our own rules, be in charge of our own lifestyle. While this sounds wonderful when we’re young, as we get older and venture into adulthood, we find out quickly that adulthood isn’t as easy as we had thought. If you’ve been experiencing really bad days lately, I want to get you to stop focusing on the bad. Today I’m sharing lessons you can learn from a really bad day.
Lessons You Can Learn From A Bad Day
Can I tell you something… I have had a lot of really bad days recently. Life has kind of sucked this last year, and while I try to look on the bright side of things, sometimes I just can’t adult that day, and I have a bad day. The other day though, I realized that even when I am on the verge of breaking down in tears, there are things I can learn from a bad day.
When you’re having a really bad day there’s something magical that happens, you start to be more grateful for those not so bad days. Having a really bad day can help you find your gratitude and be more grateful during your day to day life.
I don’t want it to sound like I am saying you will suddenly have a magical aha moment on a day a family member passes. I am talking about how when you just wake up and are in a blah mood, and things don’t quite go smoothly that day, it sure makes you grateful for those days that go smoothly.
Make Highs Better
When you hit an all-time low that can be referred to as a really bad day, it helps your high days feel better. This means that your good and mediocre days feel so much better when they do arrive. Having a really bad day helps you to feel better during the other days of the week that happen to be okay.
You can take this lesson of wishing a bad day was just over, and not liking that day, and remember to cherish and soak in the good ones. Sometimes even the good days, we are so excited for xyz to happen, we wish our moments away. Having some bad days has really taught me to cherish the good ones, no matter how simple they are.
You Finally Understand How Exercise Can Make You Feel Better
I have not hidden the fact that I am plus-size (or as us Disney lovers say – Pooh-Sized). Last year, before so many hard times started, I was on a great healthy living journey. When the first big trial hit last year, my husband ending up in the hospital for a week, with no idea what was making him sick, I craved a work-out and realized how much it helped me feel better each day.
As more and more trials happened for our family, suddenly I found myself missing workouts. I missed them, but just didn’t feel I could get them in. I really feel that was why I started to feel so overwhelmed and down.
Sometimes a really bad day can motivate you to work out more. Perhaps you found that your really bad day made you feel worse because you’re not exercising enough. Having the motivation to do exercise to help boost your happiness is one of the healthier lessons you can learn from a really bad day.
During a really bad day, you are able to become more self-aware. You’ll find out how you handle really bad days and what thoughts can make your day worse. You will learn how strong you really are and that you can handle any really bad day in the future.
You can also learn what makes you feel better. Maybe it is the exercise we just talked about, or maybe it is doing something for others. Maybe it is putting on This Is Us and having a good cry fest.
You can also learn what may trigger a bad day. Maybe it is lack of sleep. Or perhaps, like me, you need to wake up naturally. If I get woken up by my kids screaming at each other and fighting, I tend to be more prone to having a bad day.
Becoming more self-aware is a good thing. It helps you to figure out what self-care rituals can help you feel better and avoid bad days. It can help you learn skills you need to cope with disappointment.
When you suffer from having a really bad day it can open your mind to appreciating the simple things in life more. We get so busy in our adult lifestyle that we neglect to see the simple things in front of us that we have going right. Maybe that is your family, a roof over your head, or even just the fact that you are alive for another day.
Having a really bad day is difficult for everyone. Each of us handles a really bad day differently but we all can learn these lessons I shared today. I hope that you’ll think about these lessons that can be learned from a really bad day the next time life tosses you some lemons.
*In no way is this meant to simplify or belittle those who suffer from depression. Having suffered from depression, I know how dark and hopeless it can feel. Please seek out mental health professionals if you are suffering from depression.