20 Ways to Feel Better When You’re Having a Bad Day

Sometimes a bad day is just that – bad. Here are 25 suggestions from TheWonderForest.com that you can try to cheer yourself up if you’re having an off one! 

Even the happiest of people have a bad day. Those days where everything just seems to go wrong, you feel upset for no reason, and/or everything gets on your nerves.

I used to get these days all the time and my anxiety made them even worse. But instead of trying to turn my attitude around, I’d wallow in self-pity and do nothing to actually change my mood.

I still have these moods sometimes but, thankfully, they don’t last all day anymore. The most helpful thing you can do when you’re trying to turn a bad day around is to try to focus on turning it around, instead of looking for things outside of yourself to cheer you up.

Everyone is different, and not everything on this list may help you. But here are 25 suggestions that you can try to cheer yourself up if you’re having a bad day!

  1. Read inspirational quotes, books, or blogs.
  2. Journal about your thoughts and feelings.
  3. Do something helpful for someone else.
  4. Do something creative like drawing, writing, baking, or one of your hobbies.
  5. Go for a walk or get some other form of exercise.
  6. Watch a funny movie, TV show, or video.
  7. Spend some time pampering yourself, like by taking a relaxing bath.
  8. Do some yoga, meditation, or mindful breathing exercises.
  9. Write down or just take note of everything that you’re thankful for in life.
  10. Call up a friend and talk to them about what’s wrong.
  11. Spend some time with a pet. Pet cuddles help.
  12. Listen to a positive, uplifting song – sing and dance, if you want.
  13. Go shopping or buy yourself something pretty, like flowers.
  14. Do or plan something fun – like starting on that project you’ve been putting off or planning a road trip with your friends or significant other
  15. Take a nap – you’ll probably feel better when you recharge.
  16. Pause and reflect – try to figure out why you’re feeling the way that you’re feeling.
  17. Buy (or make!) some inspirational artwork for your walls.
  18. Spend some time with someone who tends to have a positive outlook.
  19. Do something that will bring you closer to achieving one of your goals (or at least your to-do list!)
  20. Drink a hot beverage – tea, hot chocolate, a latte, whatever you choose!
  21. Get dolled up, even if you have nowhere to go.
  22. Spend sometime outside getting some fresh air – bring a book to read if you want.
  23. Light a candle or spray some essential oil around your house – orange and lavender are the best scents to help you relax!
  24. Unplug for awhile – turn off your cell phone and take a break from social media for the day.
  25. If all else fails, cuddle up with some blankets and cry if you need to – sometimes it helps.
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How to Avoid Falling Into a Black Hole of Burnout

This post originally appeared on Girlboss.com

By Eva Grant

Are you the type of person who jumps into the new year, guns a-blazing, only to find yourself fizzled out a few weeks later? Burnout is real. Here’s how to guard against it.

Whether your resolution this year was to be better at catching burnout before it happens or you’re already toastier than a crouton halfway through January, know this: You are not alone.

We live in a culture where burnout is increasingly becoming the norm, not in the least because the 40-hour workweek that’s supposed to serve as the bedrock of working culture is no more: According to a Gallup poll from 2014, the average US workweek is 47 hours.

And as Paulette Janus, behavioral health specialist and founder of Janus Behavioral Health Services, points out, women in particular pull the short straw here: “The culture of ‘you can do it all’—particularly for women—can lead to having a blindspot for burnout, denying the feeling, or viewing it as a weakness.”

study conducted by the Society For Human Resource Management found that unfair compensation, unreasonable workload, and too much after-hours work were the leading contributors to burnout. And clearly, it’s not an isolated problem. Dr. Kate Tepper, clinical psychologist at Silver Lake Psychotherapy, notes that “there are certainly tremendous stressors arising from our market-driven culture that thrives on individual competition over more communal values.”

The statistics show it: Compared with roughly 20 years ago, people are twice as likely to report that they are always exhausted. Now, close to 50% of people say they are often or always exhausted due to work.

But what does that look like in real life? According to Janus, she sees “clients who are experiencing fatigue, insomnia, guilt (feeling as if they are not performing to the level of their expectations or the expectations of others), difficulty concentrating, lack of motivation, using food or alcohol to cope, and physical symptoms such as headaches or increased illnesses.”

And it bears noting that her clients aren’t always coming to her because it was his or her idea: “Clients with burnout come to me because someone in their life, such as a spouse, has encouraged them to do so, because they have been more short tempered or irritable.”

Whatever the case may be, if you’re headed for a burnout, there are a number of measures you can take to circumvent it and check in with what’s really going on.

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How to Become a PA When You Have No Experience

This post originally appeared on MorganMcKinley.co.uk

Our office support and admin recruitment team speak to a professional PA, with a successful career, on the reality and the must-dos in order to get your first PA job.

I have spoken to many candidates since starting my career with Morgan McKinley, and predominantly I am asked the question, how do you become a PA without personal assistance experience?

Some job seekers see an advert advertised for a PA role on various job boards, then look at the skills and the duties and believe they have the transferable skills that are required to step into that position. I know from speaking to many PAs you need to realise that there is even more required of you than the usual admin, diary management, booking and arranging travel arrangements. It’s a role that may often go beyond the hours that you are contracted to do. There’s a lot involved.

Here’s an insight from a professional PA who has had a very successful career.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A PERSONAL ASSISTANT?

Hannah did not go to university. Like most of her friends when she left college she went on to do an audit processing job. After that role she worked abroad for a few months. On her return from working abroad she then became a buyer. However the company went into administration. Hannah managed to get herself a role at a telecommunications company where she looked after a team of three and her day-to-day role included sitting next to a PA and listening to her.

NETWORK WITH OTHER PAs

As the time went on she realised that she could do what the role has asked of her. The next step was that she started networking with PAs in the business. Hannah felt that getting advice from fellow PAs in the business was the best way to find out how successful her career could really be. One thing she learnt very quickly is that it’s a very competitive market.

WHAT ABOUT QUALIFICATIONS? 

After settling into her role Hannah decided it was best to  get a well-recognised qualification, the Pitman Executive diploma. Hannah self-funded the qualification and in order to do that she cut her social activities down so she could afford to fund the qualification. She managed to complete that in a year with a distinction. Hannah then went on to tell me how the roles at telecommunications companies for PA roles are like gold dust so when one comes up you need to grasp the opportunity with both hands.

When two became available in the company she applied for a PA role in finance. Hannah was up against five other candidates. After successfully getting the position she then had a trial period of three months before passing her probation. The role has since then grown and developed as she has, looking after meetings, conference calls, business trips, dealing with personal life, dentist, doctors, event management, diary management and much more.

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Simple Life Hacks to Make 2018 *This Much* Easier

This article originally appeared on WitandDelight.com

By Megan McCarty

The last couple years were not for the faint of heart. With that in mind, we gotta do what we can to make 2018 thismuch easier, thismuch more pleasant, thismuch more mellow for ourselves and those around us. So here, apply these simple life hacks to your everyday. They take very little time, not a single nickel and just a touch of courage. You got this.

No giving up sugar/carbs/dairy/alcohol/coffee/fun necessary.

Enforce the one minute rule.
Hanging up your coat, texting your mom back, making your bed, tossing your junk mail, sticking your coffee cup in the dishwasher. It’s all so easy. So why do we let little messes pile up until it’s mayhem?

Here’s the deal: if something takes less than a minute to complete, do it right then and there. I was introduced to this concept by author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin over a decade ago and my coats have been hanging up nicely and my brain has been slightly calmer ever since.

Without much effort, the one minute rule will simultaneously clean up your life and psyche. Once you get in habit of dealing with the little things – taking that empty Topo Chico bottle out of your car and placing it directly into the recycling; paying that bill online as soon as you rip open the notice – you’ll find time and brain space to tackle the big things.

Repeat after me: keys, phone, sunglasses.
Or whatever it is you’re always losing. Something about 2014 had me lock my keys in my car a couple times, and ever since then, I’ve made a mildly OCD point to know exactly where my keys, phone, and sunglasses are at all times. Every time I’m about to leave the house or my car, I identify where those three items are and announce it out loud as I place them in their appropriate spot.

How embarrassing, huh? You know what’s also embarrassing? Locking your keys in your car for the third time in three months. Or frantically searching for your phone because you absentmindedly tossed it in a coat pocket that you’ve never tossed it in before.

Say you’ve just parked, heading into wherever you’re heading into. Grab your phone, put it in the exact spot it should be (a certain pocket in your purse, for instance) and say “my phone is in my purse.” Same with your keys or sunnies or lipstick or wallet or whatever else it is that you’re afraid of losing. It’ll signal your brain to remember its location and you’ll never be scrambling to find the important things again. Try it.

Make a “You Know Better” list.
Tonight, on an empty stomach and tight timeline, I pulled into the Parking Lot from Hell at Trader Joe’s, where cars were circling for a spot. I sighed to myself, “I know better than this.” I know better than to go to a grocery store with a nightmarish parking lot at 6:00 p.m. the day after a holiday, particularly when my schedule allows me to go at 10:00 a.m. on a Wednesday; when I could park horizontally across three spots just for the hell of it.

I also know better than to text You Know Who after I’ve had a couple cocktails. And I know better than to eat 300 French fries. We all slip up. Grace is key to surviving these days. That said, I keep a page in my journal devoted to situations I’ve been in called You Know Better – not to shame myself, but to make a conscious effort to make smarter decisions. Isn’t identifying and admitting to problems the first step of recovery?

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How to Get Out of a Creative Slump

This post originally appeared on TheEveryGirl.com

By Raven Ishak

Have you ever had those moments when you feel like your brain has run out of gas and you’ve encountered a mental roadblock? Where you blankly stare at the computer screen in hopes that your ideas will magically appear? You think it’s just a phase, but after a few weeks (or months), you start to wonder if your creative slump has become permanent.

Going through a creative block, or the blank page syndrome, can happen to the best of us. It can be a result of a mental burnout, criticism, or lack of inspiration. While it might feel like the end of the world, there are ways to overcome your creative slump. Here are six ways to get over your creative slump.

Change your routine.

Doing the same thing every day can stunt your creativity. It can prevent you from feeling inspired because you’re not experiencing anything new. Instead, challenge your thought process by switching things up. Rather than using your computer, write with a pen and paper; or work outside instead of in your office. Even the smallest change can trigger your senses, which can help you get out of a creative funk.

Fill your world with positivity.

It’s hard to be creative when you surround yourself with negativity. Try to think of happy, original thoughts when your environment is toxic. Improve your life by complaining less often and surrounding yourself with positive people. This should illuminate your creativity because you’ll feel inspired by your positive environment.

Workout.

Including exercise in your daily routine can positively impact the way your mind works. Not only will it help you physically, but working out releases endorphins, which make your brain very happy. Sometimes people get in creative slumps because they forget to take care of themselves. So, be sure to make your physical well-being a priority.

Stop working and do something else.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you’ve been trying to solve a problem but you couldn’t find a solution until you did something completely different? For instance, you might have thought of it while you were taking a shower or walking the dog. This happens because, during that time, you’re allowing your brain to relax and process information. Rather than fixating on the thought, take a step back and do something else.

Daydream.

While your teacher may have scolded you to stop doing this when you were in school, it’s actually a great way to overcome a creative block. Just like the previous point, you’re permitting your brain to relax while imagining different scenarios for the problem you’re trying to solve. This allows you to see the big picture and have an open mind.

Embrace it.

Beating yourself up because you’re in a creative slump is not going to get you very far (it may even prolong it). Instead of critiquing your faults, try to accept them. Not being able to produce creative thoughts doesn’t weigh on your ability to produce good work. Embrace the fact that you’re going through a creative block and challenge yourself to overcome it by being empathic to your emotions.

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A Week in the Life – January 2018

A new year with new thoughts. I used to write a little feature called ‘a week in the life’ a long time ago and then y’know life happens, things change, stuff goes in a different direction and sometimes things come bak around again that you feel comfortable with, like clothes you’d forgotten you had. I’m writing this piece with the feeling that i’m getting reacquainted with an old friend I haven’t caught up with in a while.

I went away to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands last week with a friend for some winter sun and a New Year reboot. The idea was to start the year off with positivity, productivity, Vitamin D and more daylight hours than we currently have at home. Success, as all of these things came to fruition. Fortunately, I have a day job that I can do in most places as long as there is wifi, or 3G on my iPhone so I could keep on top of work stuff, plus it was that quiet week after New Year when you feel a bit in limbo before everyone is back in action.

 

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Beauty Review – Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift

Well, if there were ever a time of year when we all need some brightening, it’s now. With barely eight hours between sunrise and sunset, it doesn’t leave much time to keep your eyes open let alone have them looking radiant after all the partying of December and New Year.

The Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift is more than a lift, it’s a go to for me in attempting the wide awake look and for priming the eye area before make up application. The harsh cold outside plus searing central heating temperatures on the inside mean moisturising is doubly important at this time of the year.

This brightening eye lift contains Ash Bark Extract, Algowhite and B3 to brighten and remove the appearance of dark circles. These are all essential ingredients when its comes to reducing dark circles, encouraging hydration and skin brightening. With only a pea size amount needed and a cooling applicator attached, it’s like having a mini magic wand in your kit. I love its moisturising qualities. The product is so light it absorbs quickly and doesn’t sit on the skin so I can apply my make up over it within minutes.

A really lovely product, vegetarian and vegan friendly, I’d definitely recommend it.

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