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The How-To Lounge: Turning Around a Bad Day

We have all woken up on the wrong side of the bed, I'm sure more than once, but instead of giving into a bad day, here are some tips on how to re-start your morning.

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  • Don't snooze your alarm clock. In my opinion, snoozing makes you lazy for the rest of the day. It also can add a level of stress to your morning routine if those extra 10 minutes in bed made you late for work.
  • As soon as your alarm goes off, mentally plan out your morning and try to do something nice for yourself. Stop to get coffee and your favorite muffin if you are already dreading the morning. Giving yourself something to look forward to will lessen the sting of your bad day.
  • Hydrate. Our bodies wake up dehydrated, which can cause fatigue and effect your mood, so drink a couple glasses of water as soon as you wake up to jump start your morning.
  • If you wake up grumpy, exercise. If you don't have time for a full fledged gym workout, take a quick walk around the block, do some sit ups or push ups at home, do a quick exercise video, anything to get your heart pumping so you can reduce tension and increase your energy level.
  • If you woke up thinking about something specific, don't dwell on it. Get to the root of the problem and if you can, deal with it head on so you don't wake up the next day on the wrong side of the bed too.
  • Have a sense of humor about it. Sometimes when it rains, it pours, so try to laugh at yourself. When I have a really bad morning, I usually call a friend and make light of just how miserable my morning was so I can get it out and just have a laugh at it. Give it a try and see if it works for you!

These are my methods, do you have any?


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liannecamille liannecamille 9 years
Good tips. Include music to your morning and everything will be okay.
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years
Cosey socks. They make me smile, a nice soft fuzzy pair. Just put them on and if you start stressing or worrying through out the day just wiggle your toes and sip a cup of tea! Also for me buying something nice, but not to expensive that is not a practical item. Just a fun item.
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
music and singin out loud always cheers me up
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
i try to keep good breakfast items handy (good cereals, oatmeal, etc.) so i can always eat a good breakfast. i like to get up early enough that i can enjoy some food before i go to work. if i don't get my morning time, i'm cranky.
onesong onesong 9 years
simply having someone say "oh my goodness, that IS a bad day" makes me feel better...for some reason I always feel guilty when i have a bad one, and having someone just validate that it's okay to feel that way makes me feel better.
1st i agree with wat's been said, although i use different things to help me to get in the mood to survive the day ... sometimes i grab the i-pod & listen to some classic or jazz while i still layin' on the bed ... sometimes i do yoga (also on the bed)! ... and sometimes i call my boyfriend so he can turn me up .
reinphall reinphall 9 years
I always go shopping if I am having a bad day. Nothing makes me happier than a new pair of shoes! *wink*
tati33 tati33 9 years
How about Zoloft? just kidding..
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
If a bottle of champagne has been opened, then the whole lot is going down my neck. ;)
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I recommend treating yourself to a cocktail. Not multiple, but just one, like a nice glass of champagne or wine, or perhaps a vodka martini if the day is really bad.
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
If your day is going bad, do something nice for someone else. Get your mind off of yourself & you'll forget what you were stressing about in the first place!
ImJessica ImJessica 9 years
Something that always makes me feel better in the morning is a nice long (if there's time for it at least) shower. And always helps.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
"Any tips on how to rewind a bad day and start over?" Turn the car around, call in sick, grab a couple of movies, and spend the day on the couch. ;)
lily314 lily314 9 years
I almost never start a day badly; it usually becomes bad during work. Any tips on how to rewind a bad day and start over?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Music works for me too... Or a Xanax. (kidding...)
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I thought a former DearSugar on getting a good sleep involved USING your snooze? Or am I mixing up my recommendations? I'm opposite about exercise - if I wake up grumpy, exercising makes it far worse. I need to take things slow to cheer up. And if I'm obsessing about something, I need to obsess to its conclusion (dwell on it) rather than set it aside, or it makes things worse. Actually, obsessing is often what cheers me up somehow. *lol* Music is my solution, almost always. Especially singing along.
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