Bad days are like things that you sometimes have, sometimes you have them.
Last week I had a crappy day. I subbed at a new school and because I take assignments from a very simplistic automated system, I never know details about the job or the school. This makes every day an adventure!
Except the district listed the wrong address, so I got lost. Once I figured out the correct address, I was ignored by office staff repeatedly. After the head secretary held up her index finger to me and said “you need to wait,” and I’d waited a full five minutes, I was directed to my classroom.
The class was great, until it wasn’t. A few minutes before the final bell, one kid had a kicking, screaming, biting meltdown over her birthday present, another started sobbing, and another dumped everything out of his backpack onto the floor. It took a small army but we got them on the bus. So, fighting a frustrating day, a traffic jam from hell, an annoying last minute cancellation, and my own inability to use my GPS, I got home. Pissed.
Luckily, I’ve had a lot of these days. Angry, what the hell, I can’t believe anyone would even have the gaul to consider speaking to me right now I am so upset days. So here’s a few tips for when your next one comes around.
Sweat It Out
Exercise releases all of the chemicals into our brain that turn murderous rage into blissful relief. A few endorfins can squash anxiety, anger or just a down moment.
It doesn’t have to be Cross Fit to be helpful. Take a walk, do some yoga, go for a run, stretch, dance, just move around. Shake the negativity loose.
Let It Out
I’m a journal-er. When I’m upset about something, it helps me to sit down and write about it. Sometimes it’s a sad, ‘listening to Lana Del Rey and cry’ journaling. Sometimes it’s a time to sort out my crazy brain. After I got fired, I wrote a long, angry letter to my former boss that made me feel better and shows impressive creativity with obscenities.
Maybe your thing isn’t journaling, maybe it’s talking/ranting to a friend, reading blogs or books for more information, or any manner of things. Just find a way to let everything out.
Let It Go
This is the hardest part. Even though anger hurts, there is some sick want in me when I get all amped up to just keep yelling, to keep being mad. That fire doesn’t go out with one bucket of water.
But the fact of the matter is that a bad day doesn’t have to be lost. I got home at 4:30 on my bad day and decided to turn it around. I had a good Friday night because I let myself. The sooner you let the crap day go, the sooner you can start having a less-crap day.
Best of luck!