I know everyone has bad days sometimes. I don’t know how your bad days go, but some of those days for me are triggered by something big, some are because I’ve just become exhausted overtime and need a break, or some days are aggravated by a bunch of little things.
Maybe I’m being particularly emotional today, or maybe there are a few little things that have hurt me lately. I feel a little let down. Sometimes people let you down in a way you can get over, sometimes people let you down in enough ways that you can’t get over, and sometimes you’re mad at yourself for letting yourself down. I feel all three of those feelings today. I won’t get too into it because ultimately it doesn’t matter. They’re not unique problems. And I will probably feel better tomorrow.
What I do want to get into though, is how I cope with these problems. It depends what kind of “sad” I am, but usually I have a few different ways to deal with it. Here’s a few:
- Listen to music
- Write in a journal
- Come up with new meanings to the pain or lessons to learn from it
- Come up with goals to focus on
- Take a bath
- Call a friend or a family member
- Go workout or to yoga
- Adventure off in nature by myself
- Drink some coffee and get busy
- Drink some wine and sulk
- Or better option- drink wine with a friend and laugh
- Hangout with friends
- Isolate myself from people
- Stay in bed all day and watch tv
- Do my hair and makeup, and go do something in public whether it’s to a coffee shop or the mall or whatever (work some of that ‘fake it till you make it’ action)
- Read a book
- Look at quotes on Pinterest
- Do house chores or redecorate
- Dye my hair
- Get my nails done
Today, I decided to listen to Russian music and doodle. Some options are better than others, but these two activities are some of my favorites (outside of bubble baths).
Music allows me to relate to whatever is playing and it helps release my feelings. Listening to Russian music reminds me of my heritage and makes me feel like home, especially when I’m so far away from my family. It comforts me that way.
I love doodling because it allows me to express myself without words and demonstrates what I feel or what I want to feel. (From an outside perspective, I wouldn’t try to analyze it too much because it may mean something to me that you wouldn’t be able to pick up right away. Plus, you know what they say about when you ASS-U-ME.) I get my love of art from my family. Although we all have different styles, my mom, my aunt and my sister all use art to deal with their emotions and express themselves at times too. Sometimes, they use art during good times and sometimes during hard times. My mom and aunt both taught me to use it as a tool, because it’s helped them and it certainly helps me as well. I feel that my emotions bring out my artistic side, so I’m kind of grateful for even the bad days in life because it allows me to be more creative.
Anyways, I hope everyone else is having a good day and if you’re not, then I hope you find a way to find something good to do during it.
“Every day may not be good…
but there’s something good in every day”
― Alice Morse Earle