28 Teeny Pick-Me-Ups for When You’re Having the Worst Day Ever
When it comes to dealing with a terrible, no-good, very bad day, it really is the little things that help the most.
Buy yourself flowers
There’s no need to wait for a special occasion or for someone to send you a bouquet as a gift. Flowers are the perfect antidote to a bad day with their bright colors and fresh scent. In fact, simply smelling a flower alters your gene activity and blood chemistry, soothing stress and giving you an immediate mood boost, according to a study done by The American Chemical Society. Plus, this way you’re guaranteed to get your favorite blooms! Here are the cut flowers that last the longest in a vase.
Take a walk outdoors
Beat a bummer day with a quick stroll outdoors. It’s no surprise that fresh air and nature can lift your spirits and reduce anxiety but it may surprise you to know just how little walking it takes to have a positive effect. Just five minutes walking through a park, trail or other green space is enough to spark a cascade of feel good brain chemicals, according to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Check out these 15 reasons to take a 15-minute walk.
Nibble some dark chocolate
There’s a good reason so many of use a little chocolate therapy to deal with a bad day—it works! Eating just an ounce and a half of dark chocolate lowered stress hormones in people, according to research published in the Journal of Proteome Research. And the news gets better: People who regularly ate dark chocolate reported lower feelings of depression over time. These are more ways to overcome depression naturally.
Soak your feet in a warm tub
Tired tootsies are just one small side effect of a tough day but when your feet hurt, everything else does too. A quick foot soak in a warm tub of water can do wonders for both your sore feet and your sore spirit. Or if you have time, take a long, luxurious full-body soak. Add some epsom salts to help relax tight muscles and feel your worries wash away. Or try making one of these homemade foot scrub recipes to pamper your feet.
Watch a funny cat video on the internet
Let’s be honest: Cat videos are pretty much why the internet was invented. And it’s a good thing! Because of their innocence, enthusiasm and total inability to understand modern life, animals are funny in a way that people just can’t be. Plus they don’t care if you laugh at them. Need a suggestion? Try this hilarious highlight reel of cats being terrified by menacing… cucumbers. You’ll forget your problems in no time.
Text a friend or loved one
Feeling like you haven’t a friend in the world is a major part of most terrible days. It’s easy to forget just how many people love and care about you. But thankfully it’s also just as easy to get a quick reminder. Send a quick text to your bestie, sister, or mom and tell them you need a little love. We’re guessing you’ll be showered with heart emojis in no time! This magical text message is guaranteed to improve anyone’s day.
Write down three things you’re grateful for
When you’re in the midst of a horrible day, nothing is farther from your mind than counting your blessings but that may be the best thing to help you feel better, according to a study done by the University of California, Riverside. Writing down a list of things you’re thankful for refocuses your mind on the positive and provides an instant lift to your mood. In fact, this simple trick works so well that the researchers reported that it even helps people with depression who don’t respond to other treatments.
Switch your hair part
Flipping or combing your hair to the other side of your head may seem like a ridiculously small change but hair experts say it’s one of the quickest ways to give yourself a new look. The new part will change the way your hair frames your face and because it goes against your hair’s natural tendencies, it can give you more volume. At the very least, it’ll make you laugh!
Put a kind anonymous note on someone’s desk
Handwritten notes aren’t utilized enough in our digital society but there’s something very personal and touching about taking the time to write out a thank-you note or compliment. It doesn’t have to be much (one Post-It note is plenty) but jot a few thoughts down, stick it to a coworker’s desk, a friend’s car or a family member’s lunch and watch the happy roll in. Their joy will make your worries disappear, or at least help put them in perspective. This is the secret to writing a truly heartfelt thank-you note.
Count the stars
Sometimes it takes staring at the infinite expanse of universe to help us realize that our problems, no matter how significant they feel in the moment, are small in the grand scheme of things. Counting the stars in the night sky will help you put things in perspective, get some fresh air, and have some quiet time alone with your thoughts.