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Welcome to the StressLess Living Newsletter #12.
Does stress control your life? When you feel stressed does your whole day take a turn for the worse? Sometimes people use their emotions as a crutch and they allow a moment of stress to determine the course of their entire day. For many people, one bad day can turn into a bad week, which turns into a bad year, which evolves into a bad life.
When you have a bad day, it is important to remember that everyone has bad days, but that doesn't mean you have to give in and give up.
Sure you might have spilled coffee all over your new boss and missed your daughter's piano recital because you got a flat tire on the way home, but at the end of the day, you have a good life.
While you may realize that a bad day isn't the end of the world, it can be difficult to find ways to combat those negative emotions when the bad day is happening. Instead of losing your cool, here are a few ways to effectively turn a bad day around.
Flip your thinking
When your day is bad, what kind of things do you say yourself?
If you are constantly talking about how bad your day is, your day will only get worse. At the first sign of a bad day, instead of giving in and saying, "Well, this day can only get worse," try saying something along the lines of, "This day is going to improve and it's going to turn into a fantastic day." While you may feel silly at first, you may be surprised how your bad days begin to improve.
These watch your thinking resources help you to to turn a bad day around:
Get enough sleep
Another important factor is reducing extra stress is getting enough sleep.
If you're like most people, you're lucky to get 4-6 hours of sleep every night, but sleep is important because when you are sleep, your body can properly repair and renew itself.
In case you hadn't noticed, when you're tired, it is easy to blow things out of proportion. By getting enough sleep, you will have better chance of having better days.
Natural sleep remedies and natural sleep aids help you to get a better night's sleep.
Adopt an attitude of gratefulness
How grateful are you?
Do you count your blessing or do you count the things in your life that you don't like?
This does not mean that you should ignore the facts and pretend that your life is completely perfect, but when you are grateful, more good things will manifest in your life.
Cultivate a support network
Even when you are doing everything right, sometimes you still need to talk to a friend who supports and understands you.
Even if your friend doesn't have actual advice to offer, many times simply talking to someone about your bad day can reassure you that you don't have to face life alone.
It is important that you choose the person carefully because you want to choose someone who will calm you down as opposed to getting to someone who will incite you and make your day even worse.
In addition to talking about your bad days, it may be helpful to practice journaling. Many people find this to be a relaxing practice because they have the ability to truly express their feelings without worrying about someone judging them.
Keep in mind that bad days are inevitable, so instead of getting discouraged, remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
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All the best,
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