There’s always that one thing that has the ability to completely flip the most terrible day in the history of bad days into a 180, walking on sunshine kind of day. For me, it can come from going on a run with my dog in the Boise foothills or calling my mom and breaking down to her in the middle of Broadway, then following it up with turning up the tunes and listening to a song from my Waggle Butt Running Playlist.
On the flipside, there are also those things with the potential to bring down even the best day. Dealing with a toxic person at work that is unavoidable, finding out difficult news to deal with, or a turn in the day’s events for the worst. What’s worse is when several of these happen in a row making even the smallest events seem like life changers. Just as it’s important to not sweat the small stuff, it’s equally important to not let bigger challenges get the best of us and find the positive side to move forward.
Easier said than done though, right? Especially with the holidays coming around, this can be one of the most stressful times of the year as we also lead into the month where most people find themselves the most depressed. According to the traffic on search engines, online searches for remedies linked to depression occur most frequently during the month of November.
Enough with the negative talk though. How about a can do attitude with some tips on how to avoid letting the small stuff get the best of us and how to make the most of an unpleasant, difficult situation.
Cliché, maybe. But I like to flip to Bob Marley’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” when I’m having a downer day.
Or when I want to boost an already happy day!
Research has shown that people who are optimistic in life tend to live healthier and longer lives. If you’re thinking worst case scenario, look at the opposite side and think, what is the best thing that could come out of this as well?
Stop throwing a pity party
Instead, find a reason to throw a party! Find an excuse to get together with a friend that supports you and makes you feel good about yourself.
Find a mantra
Have a saying that you can remind yourself of when times get difficult. Something that will encourage you and remind you that in the end everything works out for a reason. For me my mantra is
“Whatever is meant to be, will be. As long as I put my heart in whatever I’m doing and give it my all, whatever is meant to be will be.”
No regrets, no complaints, and no questioning. Just a positive outlook and reassurance in myself and my life.
Think about the alternative
When you wish something was better or different about your life (I wish I was more in shape, I wish I had a better paying job, I wish I didn’t have this weird mark on my face…), think about what it would be like if you woke up tomorrow with JUST that one thing you wished for and you had nothing else. Gives you a different perspective right?
Whether it’s moving on from a bad day, or moving on from holding a grudge. Learn to accept what just happened, grow from it, and move forward. Dwelling on something doesn’t make anything better. Acceptance and learning from these experiences encourages growth and allows you to move forward to a better place.
Life is short, do what you love and find something that makes you smile
Is it getting together with a friend? A song that puts an extra bounce in your step? Or maybe an activity that you enjoy doing. Something that always helps to relax me and put me in a good mindset is throwing on some comfy sweats, throwing the hair back in a ponytail, blasting some melancholy tunes, and turning up the heat in the kitchen.
There’s something about soothing music and the creativity that comes with putting together a meal from scratch. It also helps that typically what I’m cooking makes the place smell divine and I can enjoy munching on the final product, assuming all goes well and I don’t burn it! In that case, thank goodness for pumpkin spice candles (so I can at least enjoy the smell) and living across the street from the best cookie bakery in Manhattan.
I feel like this is something that I need in my kitchen to cook some meals of l-o-v-e!
Last week I was in a cooking frenzy and was able to cross two things off of my “Cooking Bucket List”. Cauliflower crust pizza and making homemade bread from scratch!
I wish I could take credit for this, but Pastry Affair has the tutorial on how to make your own bread in addition to other fabulous recipes. I feel like I should call this the “Multi-Hour-Bread” because it ended up taking me 10 hours to my inability to realize 5 hours is too long to let bread rise! Had it been a cartoon, I would have walked into my apartment with dough expanding out the door, windows, and busting through the roof. Instead, I “punched” the dough down as my Google search advised and let it rise for a couple more hours.
The final product was definitely fall soup pairing worthy and tasted delicious with peanut butter on it or dipped in olive oil. Definitely going to be making this again!
I Can’t Believe It’s Not REAL Pizza Crust “Cauliflower Crust Pizza”
I knew when I ran across these beauties at Whole Foods after my hot yoga class that I had to give this idea of using cauliflower for a healthier alternative to bread for pizza crust. I can’t take credit for this recipe either, but The Lucky Penny gives great step-by-step instructions on how to make your own.
If I make it again, I will probably make the crust a bit thinner and will use parchment paper to ensure a more even heat distribution. But it was a fun experiment, though I enjoy the real deal too much to forgo brick oven style pizza.
What are things you do to remain positive or turn around a bad day for the better?