Have a Bad Day? 5 Ways to Improve Your Mood

We all have a bad day now and then. It’s inevitable. But just because you had a bad day at work or a rough day at school, doesn’t mean you can’t improve your mood!

It’s tough to pull yourself out of a bad mood when all you may want to do is think about it over and over and rehash the day in your head. But even though you may have had a bad couple of hours doesn’t mean the rest of the day has to like that as well!

So here are 5 simple ways you can improve your mood when you’re having a bad day!

This is a guest post by Sarah from sarahmarie.blog.

1. Journal

Journaling is a great way to get out your emotions. Write about the annoying coworker who spilled coffee all over you at lunch. Or the way your teacher called on you when you didn’t know the answer but insisted you come up with something to say.

Whatever it is, write it down. It will feel good to get all of those feelings out and down onto paper.

Then the best part? Tear it up and throw it away.

You don’t want to keep those negative thoughts in your journal where you may go back and read them again! Plus, there’s something very therapeutic about tearing up all the negative things that happened during your bad day and tossing it out!

Another option or a second journal entry you could do is write about something other than your bad day, to get your mind off of it. Write about your plans for tomorrow, what you plan to cook for dinner tonight, or maybe about something that hasn’t happened yet. A vacation you want to take, or what you’ll do when you get your dream car.

Writing positive memories or thoughts out will not only improve your mood because you’re taking your mind off of the bad thing that happened, but you’re also focusing on the good things you want!

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2. Talk With Someone

If journaling isn’t your favorite thing to do, another good thing to do is talk about it with someone!

Go to someone you love and trust who will allow you to just vent! Talk about what happened, and what you’re feeling. But make sure this isn’t the only thing you talk about!

If you do nothing but talk about and dwell on your bad day, chances are you’ll end up making yourself feel worse. You want to try and get your mind off of your bad day.

So once you have finished getting everything off of your chest, don’t forget to talk about something else too!

3. Say Affirmations To Improve Your Mood

Affirmations are a great way to improve your mood after you have a bad day. If you don’t know what they are, affirmations are basically little quotes that you can say to yourself.

You can use affirmations to manifest something that you want, improve your mood, boost your self-confidence, whatever you need to do!

If you want to get some inspiration for your own affirmations, here is a list of 25 Daily Positive Affirmations to Boost your Confidence!

4. Meditate Or Do Yoga

This is one of my favorite things to do. Yoga is something that relaxes the mind and body, leaving you feeling at peace.

If working out hard is something that makes you feel better, go for a more rigorous yoga session. Or, if you just want something to calm you down, do yoga with more breathing and relaxation involved.

I always feel refreshed and relaxed after doing some yoga. I find it makes me feel more creative too, which is a bonus!

5. Practice Some Self-Care

Practicing self-care is just important in general, but it’s especially important when you’re having a bad day!

Whatever self-care means to you, do it. Take a bath, go for a walk, get out and get some sunshine or eat a bunch of ice cream. There really is no wrong way to do this!

If you want some more self-care ideas, check out this list of 4 self-care ideas to increase productivity!


When you’re in a bad mood, it can be tempting to want to wallow in it and make yourself feel worse. But it is possible to pull yourself out of it and come out the other side feeling better!

Trust me, you’ll feel so much better once you try one of these methods to improve your mood and you can go on and forget about the bad day you had!

Remember, it’s a bad day. Not a bad life.

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Hi, my name is Sarah! I am the owner of the blog sarahmarie.blog . I am a lifestyle blogger who mainly blogs about productivity, blogging tips, mindset, and more! You can find me on socials below.

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