5 Ways to Make a Bad Day Better

13 Sep

It’s nice to have a great day every now and then, isn’t it? Sometimes days just don’t start out that way, though. Sometimes, they start out pretty stinky.

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{Mom & Dad – I thought you would get a laugh out of this picture. :) }

What if you could have a better day today? Would you do what it to took to make that happen?

I’ve got a few suggestions that just might help you take this current day, the one you are holding in your hands right now, and make a slight shift in it so that things start looking up.

If you woke up late, spilled Diet Dr. Pepper (yes, I’m still drinking them) on your clothes, tripped over the cat, and ran out of gas – you are officially having a rough morning.

If you also got stuck in traffic, arrived late for a meeting, locked your keys in your car, and lost your iPhone, your day is definitely heading the wrong way – and fast.

We need to turn it around. Now. :)

You don’t have to do all of these things, but if you will do one of them right this minute, I will give you a money-back guarantee that you will start to feel better.  If you don’t, come see me for a full refund. ;)


Pause for 5 minutes and pray. Maybe you rushed out the door so quickly this morning that you did not get your usual quiet time. Maybe you don’t yet have a routine time for prayer in the morning. Remove all distractions from your mind for 5 minutes and pray – for yourself, for others, for whatever’s got you all out of whack today. Just pray.


Pause for 5 minutes and read scripture. I’ll make it super easy for you and give you links to three chapters you can read from the Psalms. They will encourage and uplift you and give you an opportunity to refocus your mind’s energy from your present problems to the One who can help. Read these: Psalm 4, 11, and 27.


Pause for 5 minutes and breathe. Deep breaths in, then slowly and fully exhale. This will increase the amount of oxygen flowing through your bloodstream and into your brain, thus helping you 1) relax and 2) focus better.


Pause for 2 minutes and think of something nice you can do for someone – and then DO IT as soon as possible. Write an encouraging email or send someone a message thanking them for all they mean to you, call a co-worker who’s been sick to see if she needs anything, stop at Starbucks and pick up drinks for your work buddies, pick up a box of doughnuts for the office (doughnuts are guaranteed to induce happiness, in case you didn’t know), or call a friend and offer to take him/her to lunch today.

Sing! :)

Singing is so underrated as a method of therapy! If none of the above appeal to you – as a last resort – go out to your car or close your office door. If you’re still at home, all the better! Put on your very favorite song in the whole wide world – that song that makes you smile way down deep in your soul. You know what I’m talking about – the song that you absolutely, positively cannot sit still while listening to it. For me, right now, it would be Mandisa’s Good Morning song. Love it! Anyway, turn it up loud – not loud enough to get you fired if you’re at work – but LOUD! And sing your heart out with it.

Here’s to a better day!


4 Responses to “5 Ways to Make a Bad Day Better”

  1. A Star on the Forehead September 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    I love the picture! Great post!! Blessings! :)

  2. SarahKL September 14, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Good good advice!! I hope that wasn’t YOUR morning you were talking about… that sounded rough! I’m so with you on the Good Morning song!! I LOVE IT!! In fact, I’m going to go download it right now so I can blast it while I do chores this morning! :) Love you! See you next weekend!!!!!

    • rachturner September 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Nope, SL, wasn’t my day – thank goodness! See you SOON!!!

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