How to End Your Day on a Positive Note
So, how was your day? Maybe it didn’t go quite as you planned. Perhaps you experienced:
- A spilled cup of coffee in the morning
- Kids who didn’t want to get out of bed
- Technology problems at work
- Traffic on the way home
- Kids who wouldn’t eat dinner
- Constant text messages during the evening
These things – and so many more – can leave you feeling frustrated and a bit negative – and that’s not how you want to end your day.
But don’t worry – you can end your day on a positive note. Try one or more of these things to turn it around before you fall asleep.
- Exercise: Yes, a workout can definitely improve your mood. Do some yoga. Go for a run. Take a walk. Whatever your favorite way to exercise is – find a way to work it in! Exercise releases endorphins, which are known to be mood boosters – which means you’ll feel better.
- Find something from your day to be grateful for: Even on a truly bad day, there’s bound to be at least one thing you’re grateful for. Figure out what that thing is – no matter how big or how small – and put your focus on that.
- Take a tech break: Technology may seem like it’s a constant in your life. From non-stop emails to text messages at all hours of the day and night – and it can make you feel as if you have no time to yourself. But taking a tech break can help alleviate that feeling. Set designated times where your phone and computer are off-limits – and stick to it.
- Read: An excellent way to end your day is by reading. Whether it be an inspirational book or just something that interests you, spending some time reading before you fall asleep can help change your mindset.
- Meditate: Meditation continues to grow in popularity. It can reduce your stress, bring your focus to the present, and increase your patience. Even if you don’t think that meditation is “for you,” – why not give it a try? And if you’re not sure how to go about it – Verywell Mind shares 8 meditation apps you can use.
- Create a soothing environment: Creating a soothing environment in your home can definitely help you at the end of a stressful day. So, how do you go about this? Here are a few suggestions:
- Keep your home clutter-free
- Have plants throughout your home
- Use scents throughout your home that relax you (such as lavender)
- Decorate your home with soothing colors
- Play relaxing music
- Create a cozy space in your living room and bedroom
- Engage in a hobby: Do you have a hobby? Knitting? Crafting? Putting together puzzles? Then spend some time each evening engaging in the hobby you enjoy as a means of ending your day on a positive note.
- Listen to music: Music can definitely improve your mood. Spend some time each night playing your favorite tunes – and maybe even dancing it out (should you feel like it).
- Write in your journal: If you have a journal, write in it at night. You can use it as a way of getting rid of the negative things from your day or as a way to draw attention to the positive things you experienced.
- Share some praise with those around you: Want to feel better? Then make those around you feel better! Share some praise with co-workers and family – and watch everyone feel good at the end of the day.
- Set yourself up to start your morning off right: Finally, be sure you are ready to start your morning off right. When your day doesn’t start right, it can be hard to turn it around.
Even after a terrible day, it is possible to end it on a positive note. Use these ideas so that you can go to bed with the right frame of mind and be ready to tackle the world in the morning.