Bad days happen to everyone. I am no exception. Barring injury, or health woes to my family (or I), a bad day for me may be a bit different than yours. But, in the end, they don’t feel very different at all. In fact, it is one of the things that link humanity together. We are able to empathize with one another mainly because we, or someone close to us, have experienced the same thing or something similar. There is a quote floating around out there that a buddy of mine uses. I’m not sure who said it but here it is, ‘When it happens to someone else, it’s a dilemma. When it happens to you, it’s a crisis’. Doesn’t that about sum it up? We look at things from a very narrow perspective when we are dealing with them. At times, we magnify our situation making it appear worse than it really is. Focusing on the cause of the bad day can really make the day continue on in that manner.
Here is a tool you can implement that will not only take your mind off of your day but may greatly improve the rest of your day.
- Physical Exercise
Exercise has more of a physical reaction than you may think. We know that exercising can improve our physical condition and even fight disease. It can also be used for feeling better upstairs. Studies have shown that endorphins are released in the brain during exercise. This causes what is known as a ‘runners high’. This is the moment when the pain and discomfort falls to the wayside. It is the releasing of endorphins that creates this bliss. You need not run ten miles at an all out sprint either. A brisk 15-20 minute walk while swinging your arms should cover you just fine. Also, when people see you swinging your arms they will smile (some will laugh). You, in turn, will also smile. You may also say hello to others who are out relieving the stresses from their day. This will also make you smile. It is definitely worth it even if you have children and they must come with (they could be a part of what caused a bad day). They burn some energy. You get endorphins released. Win/win!
Live it LOUD!