We all have crappy days—days when our best-laid plans fall apart, days when our brains aren’t powered up to their full potential, days when our mental health isn’t exactly in tip-top shape (or those in which all three are the case, which are…extra fun). Acknowledging the existence of bad days, and discussing how we can deal with them, is an overarching theme we’ve been returning to a lot on Wit & Delight lately (see recent examples here, here, and here). They’re a universal experience we all face at one point or another, and we think it’s worth thinking about how we can better approach them.
The thing about bad days? Bad hours? Bad weeks? Bad months? The only way past them is through them. If we don’t do the hard work of feeling our feelings for what they are, they’ll just sit there, lying dormant, waiting for their next opportunity to bubble up to the surface. There’s value in recognizing your bad days for what they are; there’s a hell of a lot of value in not running from them. And we fully encourage processing your feelings and setting aside time to take care of yourself whenever you can.
Today we’re rounding up a list of items that can help you (or your friends, or your partner, or your coworkers) on your most awful days—those 24-hour cycles that sneak up on you at inopportune times, catching your fully unaware. Gift them to yourself. Gift them to your loved ones. Gift them whenever they feel necessary. It can be useful to have a body of tools at the ready to help us make it through.
As with any product recommendation, know that you don’t have to buy any of these items to improve your outlook (this is a given, we hope, but we wanted to reiterate it). More so, this post is a reminder that when a no good day comes about, it’s helpful to be aware of the things we can turn to that might help us feel a bit better.
We hope you’ll share the items, activities, mantras, whatever it is that you turn to on your own bad days in the comments, as we are, always and forever, compiling a go-to list of things that help when the going gets tough. We’re in this together, after all.
Grab these 52 affirmation cards written by professional psychologist Deepika Chopra to help practice mindfulness and cultivate good thoughts.
Although it’s on the pricier end of the spectrum, a smartwatch allows one to start making choices for oneself, gaining a tighter grasp on time management and daily activities.
Essential oils have a reputation for relaxation and stress relief, bringing us back to the present through the power of scent. This is the perfect essential oil starter pack from Vitruvi including Lavendar, Eucalyptus, Spruce, and Grapefruit.
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It’s no secret that a massage has the power to make us feel better, working out our tight muscles and kinks so we can better relax. Give the gift of an in-home massage from Zeel, available on demand all across the nation.
It’s no secret that drinking an adequate amount of h2o can make each of us feel a little better. On your crappiest of days, remember to stay hydrated. It won’t solve everything of course, but it certainly won’t hurt. The Hidrate Spark 3 tracks water intake and glows to help remind you to stay hydrated.
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Sometimes diving into a good book can help us destress by bringing us into the present moment and focusing on a singular task for a little while. Audible is a great option for those of us who want to read more books but are often on the go. Choose from a 1-month to 12-month subscription (and PS…the first month is free!).
Nothing cures a bad day quite like receiving a handwritten note from a friend, especially one that’s funny to boot.
Monthly Magazine Subscription
In many instances, it’s the tiniest of things that make the biggest difference. And having a shiny, crisp magazine show up on your doorstep once a month when all you usually get in the mail is advertisements and bills? Yeah, that’s a nice little regular pick-me-up. Gift year-round reading for yourself, a friend, or loved one.
Clutter and mess is likely not the best for anyone’s mental health, and yet cleaning is often the last thing we want to do when we’re having a bad day. Give the gift of a good ol’ house cleaning (to yourself or to someone else)—simply select the number of rooms and the type of preferred cleaning products and gift away!
Inspired by founder Kate Arends’s approach to daily rituals, this notepad includes space for jotting down thoughts to clear your mind and get on with your not-so-bad day.
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BY Team Wit & Delight - August 20, 2019
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