How to Turn Around a Bad Day

Becky Mollenkamp
7 min readApr 25, 2023

When you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, or have it a rough patch, these 10 tips can help you feel better.

When you’re having a bad moment or day (or even a long series of bad days), it can feel like things will never get better. You may intellectually understand that change will eventually come, but that doesn’t lessen the load in the moment.

At those difficult times, it’s tempting to beat yourself up, lash out at others, or simply give up. To avoid these less-than-desirable reactions, it can be helpful to have a few healthy responses at the ready.

Want to know how to turn around a bad day? Here are 10 tools that can help you feel better. Keep them in your back pocket to pull out whenever you need to turn around a negative downward spiral.

Photo by Jim Wilson on Unsplash

*Note: Coaching is not a substitute for professional mental health care or medical care. This advice is not meant to take the place of any form of therapy. If you’re depressed or having thoughts of self-harm, please seek help from a licensed therapist right away.

1. Acceptance

When you find yourself down — or angry, frustrated, overwhelmed — it can be really useful to simply be with the feeling. This is about coexisting, not criticizing. Rather than judging it, just observe it. Recognize that you are a person having…