For me, the best way to deal with bad days is to isolate the situations. Instead of thinking of it as a bad day, it's a less than ideal situation. Making that semantic switch can also shift your attitude and let you salvage the remaining hours. Instead of making you grumpy/angry/a pain in the butt for everyone you encounter, a bad day can serve as an opportunity to indulge in life's little pleasures. Some of my favorite cures:
1. I don't know a single girl who isn't happier when she has a fresh manicure. I'm loving Essie's latest collection, especially this shade.
2. To quote Elle Woods, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their [boyfriends, roommates, noisy neighbors...]." Go for a run, go to yoga, whatever. Taking your frustrations out in the gym will lift your spirits and be a healthy way to channel your negative energy into achieving a positive result.
3. I really love reading, especially nonfiction and classic literature. However, nothing says bliss like flipping through some glossy pages with pretty pictures and effortless reading.
4. When all else fails? Wine. This chardonnay from Cakebread Cellars is my current favorite.
5. Develop a plan to make tomorrow better. With every mistake or bad situation comes an opportunity for improvement. This kate spade notepad is always on my desk, and gets lots of love.
How do you recover from a bad day?