Every blue moon I have a bad day that I can't shake from bringing down my mood. Yesterday was one of those days. Spilled food, 4 hours in traffic, lost a ton of money, no time to relax, can't seem to breathe type of bad day. I normally go into autopilot when this happens. I try not to let it effect my personal or professional relationships, though I may be a bit quieter, or more reserved than usual.
Once I get home, I go through my Bad Day Checklist I started when I was 17. You're more than welcome to try them out, though some are specifically catered to my personality. I've never been able to get through the list without feeling better, but I keep adding things that I love to it just in case.
1. Go to sleep damn it(normally the problem).
2. Brush your teeth- dance while doing so.
3. Eat something you've been craving.
4. Make your bed.
5. Tell the women in your family how much you love them.
6. Sing at the top of your lungs- First song that comes up on random(You're welcome downtown San Carlos)
7. Stretch. Run. Lift something heavy. Repeat.
8. Eat more.
9. Compliment someone else. Mean it.
10. Forgive someone else. Mean it
11. Find bacon. Eat it.
12. Donate time to someone that needs it.
It goes on for quite a bit. I'm actually at 30 so far.
I sometimes forget how malleable our moods are. Negative feelings can be self-sustaining black holes, that block us to everything outside of the fear/stress they're causing. There are a world of things outside of your control, but your feelings and how they affect you doesn't have to be.