Our emotional states are comparable to riding the horse on a carousel. We’re up and down. Most of the time we control how we feel. Yet there is that random bad day, where we must prepare for our unpredictable attitude.
When your mood is on the rise, the sky’s the limit. You’re unstoppable. The world should brace itself. On strong days managing any pending disaster is dealt with in a comfortable manner. You’re reaching high and hitting those marks. Crossing things off that ‘to do list’. You’re the master of your own fate.
When the mind is distracted, you rely on discipline to focus. This achieves quality results. These days are easy to handle once you get into the flow of things.
Then there’s that rare bad day. Where you’re not on top of it at all. No matter what you do you can’t adjust how unbalanced you feel. Concentration is poor. You’re at odds with yourself and can’t figure out what’s wrong.
This particular mood is not negotiable. You can’t just apply determination to get things done.
You’re not thinking clearly. It feels as though your decision making skills are impaired. There’s doubt where certainly used to live.
You’re better off making allowances for these days. Regardless of what you do, you’re not going to shake this mood. Recognising a bad day will save a lot of inner turmoil. These upheavals won’t exist the following day. Your normal state of mind has taken a leave of absence for twenty four hours.
[tweetthis]”The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude” ~Dennis S. Brown #quote[/tweetthis]
How do we recognise a bad day?
Each of us will have our own tell-tale signs.
- Your sighs are heavy.
- You seem to have misplaced your patience.
- Your concentration span will not be at its best.
- You feel down in the dumps.
- You take offense to everything in hearing distance. Even a TV commercial feels as though it’s been scripted to add insult to your day.
- You do every action with a half-hearted attempt. e.g. You throw your coat on the couch rather than hang it up as soon as you take it off.
- Trivial matters that don’t get your attention are up for debate. You’re capable of turning any minor issue into a state crisis.
Most of us recognise we’re not going to have a positive state of mind all year round. It makes it easier on us if we are to accept the odd occasion where a particularly bad day arrives and dominates. It renders us incapable of managing as we normally would.
Being prepared with a back-up plan, will place you well ahead of this mood. Organising these days in advance. The same way you’d arrange a dinner party, Christmas or that special occasion that takes months of scheduling.
Half the time we’re unaware a negative attitude is upon us. It’s not until we recognise we’re reacting rather than responding. Not feeling at all mentally balanced. You want to lash out at the world or crawl up in a ball. Rocking back and forth, tears streaming down your face.
This day had officially punched every hole in her crazy ticket. – Kimberly Kincaid
Put off what can be done until tomorrow. We’re informed that our moods are all about perspective. If you change your mind set things will get better. All you have to do is focus.
If you’re not capable of shifting the mood, proceed with the backup plan. It’s not slackening off. You’re not about to have a break down. It’s one of those bad days. You know yourself well enough to make allowances for this attitude.
Slow down, take one step at a time. Do what is necessary. If you get an opportunity to relax, take it. You know this mood will pass. Don’t push yourselves like you would on a mentally sound day.
Your protests can be heard and felt across the land.
- I don’t have time.
- I have kids.
- I have deadlines.
- Who has the luxury of kicking back or slowing down?
We all have obligations and deadlines. It’s one of those periods where any action taken will be under scrutiny the next day. You go over your work to find it will be put in the ‘that won’t do’ basket. Not at all happy with the outcomes. Having to make changes and redo what was done.
It does not matter how you feel towards these bad days. This attitude doesn’t take into account your busy schedule. Your mood won’t consider plans or responsibilities.
What can be done when a bad day strikes?
- Reschedule anything that’s not a priority. Halve the workload where possible.
- Do what is necessary. Don’t expect the high standards you have on others days.
- Accommodate this mood rather than working against it.
- Nurture yourself. Be gentle when this mood is about. We tend to get frustrated with ourselves in these times.
- Acknowledge this bad day will pass.
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These periods can be rather burdensome. We may refer to it as a bad day. Or say, ‘I should not have got out of bed’.
I hadn’t even left my room and already my day had taken a U-turn straight to hell. – Bianca Scardoni
It is never the good days that we need to plan for. The times when we’re walking on solid ground. Any problem arises, it’s managed. You deal with it and move on to your next task.
It’s those days where we don’t feel on top of it. You’re not going to cope as well as you would on any other day. They’re rare and yet they cause so much friction.
The mind is muddled. Your attitude seems to have dropped to an all-time low. This mood certainly has arrived at the most inconvenient of times. If you are to proceed as normal you’ll be faced with many difficulties.
Being prepared with a plan, alleviates the pressure you feel to perform. You’re not being lazy or putting things off. You realise managing a bad day is better than working against it.
Are you prepared for your bad day?
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