Ever have one of those days where nothing seemed to go right, where everything was just piling up on you all at once?… I know I have. For instance, all in one day, you lose your job, your kids are fighting with you, your house is a mess, and there are delays in your travel. Sounds frustrating right?
Just the other day, I was coming home from my trip after waking up at 7 in the morning, and after traveling for 7 hours, I found out that my final train home was going to be delayed for another hour. Need I mind you, this train ride is an additional three and a half hours.. Then on top of that, when I finally got home around midnight, I just wanted to eat. I was so hungry. So I dropped off my stuff and I went to a local Denny’s. They were so busy and so short staffed that they took forever to take my order, serve it and gave me a difficult time when I wanted to check out. The tipping point was when I went to check out. The girls from a bigger table stepped out of the line, so I was next to pay my bill. The hostess said I had to wait. I even brought it up to her that I was first and that I had a really long day and she still said I had to wait. I mean really? I just wanted to get out of there already. She couldn’t bring up my check. It would have taken her two minutes.
You can imagine all the emotions I was feeling. I was frustrated, tired, I was starting to get really livid. I knew that I had to calm down and practice some self care, before I would do anything irrational. So, I took a deep breath before things could have gotten worse and calmed down a bit. It was finally my turn to leave, I paid my bill and even tipped them, went home, took a nice bath and watched some Once Upon A Time before I went to sleep. Years ago, I would have handled this probably so differently, but thanks to self care, I knew I had to just let it go and calm down.
So how do you handle these types of days? With self care techniques of course… Its that important. It gives you the opportunity to calm down, to pause and recharge, even when everything seems to be going wrong. It really does wonders for you.
So what are some self care tips that you can practice for those types of days?
- Listen to music
- Do some breathing exercises
- Take a walk in nature
- Watch a movie
- Do some yoga or other types of exercise
- Spend time with your family
- Treat yourself to a nice restaurant
- Go shopping with your best friend
- Drink a cup of coffee or tea
- Play with your pets
Any thoughts or comments? What type of self care do you do on those bad days?
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