Waking up in the morning and starting your day right dictates what the rest of the day would be for most of us. Getting out of bed early and feeling energized puts us in a great mood. Freshly-brewed coffee or tea accompanied by a healthy and delicious breakfast of your choice can sometimes start your day right. Preparing to go to work or school and avoiding traffic also starts our day amazing. But, that instance is rare for the most of us. Nowadays, there’s a lot of things to accomplish within a minimum timeframe. Sometimes we have priorities at work or school that we even eat lunch and work on our reports. Despite new technological advances or software applications developed to organize our daily lives into a seamless, work efficient, and productive work days. However, we cannot escape the inevitability of having a “bad day”.
This instance can happen to all of us, whether we are clinically diagnosed by a doctor or just by our aunt/uncle on your dad’s side twice removed. Some of us can end the day on a good note from a rough start of the day. Other people that have some form of a mental health issue suffers immensely. Like myself, I was clinically diagnosed with ADHD. If I missed a dose of my prescription, the whole day is affected. Such as loss of interest in almost everything, having my body to crash and not do anything that requires effort or just a full shutdown of my motivation to finish my homework or project are the worst that could happen, from my experience. However, I was able to combat this issue in order for me to accomplish my daily task, with or without deadlines.
Here are five things that I do whenever a “bad day” occurs:
In order for you to begin this journey, you need to know what goes on today, tomorrow, this week or this month. I have acquired myself a personal organizer that has a monthly overview, weekly listings, and daily columns divided into 30-minute intervals. It allows me to plan anything and everything to the tee. This also enables me to see what is due today or in the future and allows me to switch things around efficiently. If a bad day occurs, a quick look to my organizer can turn a switch in my brain and push me to work, or lets me move things around and have a day to recuperate.
Prepare for tomorrow.
Always make a habit of having your things in order. Whether exhaustion has taken place or not, devoting five minutes of your time can save you from being late. Make a habit of preparing your clothes and your things for the next day. It may seem elementary to some, but this goes a long way. Especially when waking up late for school or work. Chances are that you have already boarded the “Struggle-bus” and panic has already settled in. Either you are lucky to make it in time and forgetting something at home, or you’re late for your class or meeting and still forgot a few things. This calls for a “grab-and-go” situation where preparing for the next day not only saved my behind but also remained focus and less-stressed. It literally took me 5 minutes to get dressed, shave my 5 o’clock shadow, and grab my things under 6 minutes and 32 seconds. YES! I timed it. It was glorious!
Set reminders on your phone or on your refrigerator.
I always forget my medications. Weekdays or weekends, no matter what day its, I still fail to take it. I have been on my medications for a long time that I should’ve developed my muscle memory for this. This is the main cause for my “Bad Day”. By having an obnoxious but unique alarm on your phone while displaying bold letters to “TAKE YOUR MEDS!!!” and writing on my small freezer whiteboard to “TAKE YOUR MEDS!!!” has minimized my missed medication days and maintained my mental health to a stable status. I even came to a point that handwriting my reminders in pieces of paper and sticking it on my doors, walls, and my car’s dashboard was necessary to maintain my steady intake.
Rest in a timely manner.
Some of our days require late nights and cans of caffeine to get some work done. An inevitable situation that we encounter. Whether it is an essay, homework, presentation, or report. Whatever it is, staying up all night is sometimes the resolve for our issue. Either the deadline changed unexpectedly, or procrastination due to the new episodes of The Walking Dead just came out. Having a planner and planning days out and identifying tasks and its priority value will enable you to rest early or enjoy free time available for you to spend. Sometimes, these free times are lifesavers, especially on unforeseen timeline shifts. Make time work for you instead of working for your time. Like that famous Vine video “Aint nobody got time for that!“
Sometimes, there are things in life that you can’t control. Any efforts for preparation cannot avoid this situation. A bad day can happen out of the blue without knowing the where, when, how and why. A chemical imbalance may happen in unknown times, where we just shut down or just not having the time of our lives. A professional assistance may be the solution to this instance. Set an appointment to see a physician for a consult. A professional help may be required to regain back your balance. If this isn’t an alternative, reach out to a relative, a friend, a significant other, or anybody you trust. Having this network and being able to talk to someone can turn your bad day into a good day. You are not alone in this world that you live in. No one considers their life is like an island, that they are the only one in it. Just remember that there’s always someone whose having a bad day worse than yours.