Today was a very frustrating day. Nothing went right, or at least that’s how it felt. It started with the traffic, ended with some teen angst, and was full of QuickBooks, taxes, basement sump pumps, missed opportunities, rude behavior (mine, brought on by the aforementioned frustrations), and the realization that my list of things to do today wasn’t even scratched. Not a good day by any standard. But…there’s always a but, isn’t there? Yes, today sucked, but…tomorrow will be here soon. What do you do when you have a really bad day? Here are the 5 things that I go to when days like today happen, not in any particular order.
- Take a walk – exercise always clears my head, but I don’t like to do a hard workout in the evenings. For some reason, when I do that, I have trouble sleeping. So, taking a nice long, slow walk to soak in the spring air and pollen has a calming effect, and lets me just think. I think about all the stuff that went wrong, or sometimes I think about nothing at all.
- Talk it out – my wife says I don’t use enough words. Ironic for a guy who basically writes for a living, no? When I have days like today, I tell her everything. Sometimes she listens. Sometimes she fixes things. No matter what she does, she lets me talk it out, and talking it out always helps. Saying things out loud changes them.
- Take a nap – Yes, I am a napper. Twenty minutes in the middle of the afternoon usually does the trick. Clears the head, rests the brain, puts everything on pause for a few minutes. I’m constantly surprised by how deep and hard I can sleep in 20 minutes.
- Watch something mindless – I’m a huge Seinfeld fan. That’s the ultimate brainless TV. It’s a show about nothing! Jerry, Elaine, George, and Cosmo always make me laugh, even though I’ve seen every episode at least 3-4 times. Seinfeld takes the minutia of life, exaggerates it, and makes it funny.
- Pray – Just like talking it out with my wife, God always listens. He always already knows, but just like giving and confessing, God loves it when we let it all out on Him, because He knows it changes us. He already knows. He just wants us to say it out loud.
I’m glad today’s over. Tomorrow is a new day. Nothing that happened today is going to end the world. Nothing that happened today is going to keep me from doing anything on my to-do list tomorrow. And if tomorrow is as bad as today, that’s ok. I’ll get through it. I know this, because I’ve had bad days before.
You know what they say, right? “If you’re going through hell, keep moving!”