20 Things to Do on a Bad Day

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I’m just going to take a wild guess and assume you, dear reader, have had at least one terrible, horrible, awful, miserable day. Maybe you got fired from a job, got dumped by the guy you thought was the love of your life, failed an exam you really needed an “A” on, got in a fight with your best friend––whatever occurs on bad days, big or small, I think we can all agree bad days are the worst.

When bad days strike (and they will), you have two choices: wallow in pity for yourself or get back up. While the first choice may be the easiest, here are a few ideas for you to do instead:

1. Set a timer for 10 minutes.

Cry and wallow. When the timer goes off, wipe your tears, wash your face and move on.  

2. Journal.

Write it all down and get it off your chest.  

3. Pray.

Be reminded of God’s presence in your life. He’s got you

4. Take a walk.

Walking through nature can be a great source of peace. Take deep breaths, listen to calming music and take in your surroundings.

5. Listen to an encouraging podcast.

There are tons of great, faith-based podcasts out there. Find one you’re interested in, sit back, relax and be encouraged.

 6. Call a loved one.

I don’t know about you, but talks with my family always manage to make me feel better. Call up your mom, dad, sibling, aunt or friend and talk it out.  

7. Take a bubble bath.

Use a good sugar scrub and your favorite body wash. Take a few minutes to relax and breathe.

8. Light your favorite candle or diffuse your favorite essential oil.

Comforting scents truly have the power to turn a day around.


9. Exercise.

Hit the gym and sweat out all your frustrations. Not only will you get a good workout in, but you’ll also feel a burden lifted.  


10. Listen to a comforting playlist.

Turn up your favorite jams and let them soothe you.


11. Order your favorite meal or dessert.

You know the saying: “Treat yo’self!”


12. Watch your favorite comedy movie.

A long laugh is good for the soul.


13. Read a new book.

Allow yourself to get whisked away into a positive nonfiction novel or get lost in the pages of a fascinating piece of fiction.


14. Scroll through encouraging quotes on Pinterest.

Search “encouraging quotes” on Pinterest, and allow yourself to be inspired.


15. Grab coffee with a close friend.

Coffee and close friends are a always a good idea.


16. Write down your favorite Bible verses.

Spending time in the Word is refreshing and uplifting. Write out the truth of God’s Word and be reminded of his love for you.


17. Do a craft.

Get your creative juices flowing and make something. For ideas, check out Pinterest.com.


18. Clean.

Whether or not you like cleaning, it can be a great stress-reliever. Plus, a clean room makes for a happy gal.


19. Read a positive, faith-based blog.

You have access to hundreds and hundreds of incredible, encouraging blogs (like the one you’re reading now!). Get cozy with a fuzzy blanket and a steaming cup of coffee and find one you like.


20. Speak truth over yourself.

You are loved. Bad days don’t last forever. Tomorrow is a new day. God has a purpose for you.

Hannah Brewster // @hannahlaurenbrew


Hannah is currently an Okie studying public relations at Oklahoma Christian University. She loves all things brunch, music and chocolate chip cookie dough, and she is a shameless coffee addict. Hannah has a passion to spread joy and hope through sharing her heart through writing.