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15 Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around

by Rebecca Eanes

Positive Parenting Ideas

7. Tackle that thing you’re dreading doing early.

If you have a full inbox or a mountain of laundry, tackle it first thing in the morning so that it doesn’t loom over you all day.

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8. Love your exercise.

We’re not all runners. I prefer kickboxing. You might prefer CrossFit or Zumba. When you love your exercise, you’re obviously more likely to do it regularly. Regular exercise boosts your overall mood and well-being. Even 10 minutes of moving your body has benefits.

9. Look for the miracles around you.

See the blessing in your chaos. Seek out the beauty in the ordinary. Consciously shift your perspective. Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

10. Change up the routine.

Do something different – something unexpected. Whether it’s a special waffles topped with ice cream for breakfast, a trip to a new park, or building a fort in the back yard, a changeup might be just the thing you need to shift your attitude.

11. Do something silly.

Laughter is the best medicine, right? Look up some kids’ jokes and read them aloud. Put on silly outfits and have a photo shoot. Have a goofy face contest.

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12. Accept that you feel crummy today and nurture yourself.

We all have bad moods sometimes, and maybe your body is trying to tell you that you need to take it easy for a bit. Snuggle up under the covers and read books together or watch a movie in bed with the kids.

13. Seek out a friend.

Having someone to talk to and to share your heart can make a big difference. Rather than texting, try calling, or if you can meet up for coffee or a play date, all the better.

14. Be affectionate.

By giving and receiving affection, you get a boost of oxytocin which can make you feel more connected and energetic.

15. Engage your senses.

Take a few mindful moments to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste.

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.

 

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