Having one of those days when it seems like everything that could go wrong, did? You needn’t give in to grouchiness or despair. Try these suggestions from our behavioral health experts instead:
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1. Be mindful of your feelings
What’s beneath your stress and frustration: anger, sadness, resentment?
“Research shows that knowing — and naming — your feelings is incredibly helpful and soothing,” says psychologist Susan Albers, PsyD.
Once you’ve identified your feelings, write them down in a journal. Or talk them out with a good friend.
“I recommend the 3M approach: being mindful of feelings, moving, and doing a mindset makeover,” says Dr. Albers.
2. Get up and move
In order to shake off a bad day, you need to be active. “Sitting still gives your feelings time to fester,” says Dr. Albers.
Sleep psychologist Michelle Drerup, PsyD, says ample research shows that exercise and activity produce endorphins and serotonin.