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5 Ways to Overcome a Bad Day

Crappy Mornings Happen.

Last Tuesday, my day started off shitty – literally shitty.

Here is the scene ~ As I struggle with daycare bags full of snow suits & boots, my purse, lunch bag and ushering my boys out the door, my two year old yells “POOP!,” grabs his butt, and starts scuttling to the bathroom. Knowing there was precious little time, my arms drop their ridiculous load – I scoop him up and sprint to the nearest toilet.  With one hand I help him drop his pants as the other lifts the seat lid.  Unfortunately, I underestimate my adrenaline fueled strength and the lid crashes back down. Up-down, up-down, up-down. “DAMN IT, STAY UP!,” I yell as my son starts spinning in circles watching little turds plop around him.  His little feet and downed pants painting a shit fresco on the tile floor. Finally, the lid acquiesces to my shrieked demands and remains vertical. Sweating, shaking, and heart thumping, I lift my now poop-covered child up and survey the damage.  “You got to be kidding me,” I think, wanting to escape to my room, scream into a pillow and hit ‘reset’ on the day.  Instead, I wash my son down in the tub, redress him, clean ground zero with a tube of Clorox wipes.  Then I pick up the abandoned pile and wrestle everything and everyone into the car with a pissed-off attitude that stays with me the rest of the day.

Please Tell Me I’m Not Alone.

If you live a bliss filled life and never drag yourself out of the wrong side of the bed or have mornings where the universe seems against you, I hope you enjoyed my anecdote above.  You can probably stop reading now. (P.S. Are you sure? ~ I don’t think I believe you.)  However, if you can relate to a day starting shitty (literally or figuratively), take heart, there are ways to overcome and redirect the course of your day.

5 Tips to Kick a Bad Day in the Face.

Below are 5 tips I could have used last Tuesday.  This advice is simple, but not necessarily easy.  You may have varying degrees of success on any given day.  Regardless, have patience and be kind with yourself.  Keep trying.

Prep for success.

  1. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” ~ The easiest way to redirect a shitty start to your day is to set yourself up for success the night before. Do whatever prep work you can (set out clothes, pack your lunch, load necessary bags in the car) so there is less to juggle in the morning.
  2. Give yourself extra time ~ I know how tempting it is to hit that snooze button (once, twice, twenty times), but DON’T DO IT. You are not actually getting any extra quality rest and the constant buzzing just sets a negative mood before your feet even hit the ground.  Instead, put your alarm across the room and make a decision not to get back in bed.  Seriously, don’t fall victim to the siren song of your soft down pillows and comfy duvet – stay strong.
  3. Have a morning routine you enjoy ~ Use some of that extra time to do an activity that inspires you. This could be reading, journaling, meditating, working out, yodeling, or any other activity that fills you up.  However, I strongly suggest you avoid checking email or social media posts as these are usually sources of angst, negative self-talk, and pressure (kind-of the opposite of what we are going for).

Recover when plans go sideways.

  1. Shake it off ~ When the unexpected happens (like your two-year-old crapping everywhere as you walk out the door), take a deep breath and choose a positive outlook. We are not our emotions or physiological responses.  We can control our reactions and not fall victim to the negative default.  I find music is a great way to reset your mood – blast an energizing playlist or a comedy skit on your commute.
  2. Finally, if you are potty training a toddler, keep your toilet lids up.

Wishing you love and light, Jennifer

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4 Comments

  1. I love this! Not the poop part tho. We don’t have kids but our dogs do stuff like that every once in a while when we are just about to walk out the door. It’s fair to say our reaction is the same! lol

  2. Kristi

    I love this! It made me smile and giggle. Can’t wait for the next toddler story.❤️ You are right, we all have shitty days. You have some great tips. Keep up the good work.

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