Having a Bad Day?
Have you ever had one of those days?
You know the day I’m talking about, the one where you feel like your whole world is being turned upside down and everything is going wrong?
And the harder you try to fix it, change it, or make it better…the worse it gets.
At least that’s what you’re thinking when:
- You wake up in the middle of the night and realize that the proposal for a new customer was due last Thursday not this Thursday…and you’re right!
- The brand new washing machine that has been serviced 3 times already, has stopped working…again!
- You have 48 hours of work to do and only 10 hours to do it.
- One of your biggest customers tells you you’re no longer their vendor of choice by texting you or sending you a form letter.
- The cat throws up for the third time today in the exact same spot, which just so happens to be on the border of the oriental rug, 3 inches from the hardwood floors!
- The biggest presentation of your career is tomorrow and you just tested positive for Covid.
- You come home from work, the house is empty (empty as in all the furniture is gone and your family is nowhere to be found) and all you see is a note taped to the refrigerator.
Can you relate to this?
Sometimes life throws you multiple challenges that causes you to feel as if you are being singled out and punished for some unknown, god-forsaken reason.
The truth is, god probably has nothing to do with it! Or maybe you think it is that Murphy character and his crazy law!
The reality is that we are simply trying to make sense of or find a reason as to why someone or something is attempting to wreck havoc on our lives!
When this happens, it can either really set you back or…
you can choose to go down a different path and get yourself back on track!
Getting Back on Track
Below is a five step process to get yourself back on track. Each step begins with the letter ‘R’ to make it easier to remember.
5 steps that will help you to get back on track:
- Reframe – look at the situation in the context of your whole life. This will help put things into perspective and help you realize that this particular issue is relatively small in the scope of a lifetime.
- Relax – take a deep breath, go for a walk, exercise, most of the time stepping away from the situation will help clear your mind so that when you come back you can approach the challenge with a different set of eyes or perspective.
- Refocus – your thoughts on everything in your life that is right. One of the quickest ways to do this is to make a list of 10 things that you are grateful for in your life as quickly as possible.
- Reengage – by taking small steps that you know you can accomplish. This will give you a sense of success and accomplishment and help you get your “mojo” working again!
- Reward – yourself at the end of the day with some token of self appreciation for overcoming that challenge and moving ahead. In other words, spoil yourself a little. Here’s how: ask yourself, “If someone was to do something really nice for me that showed that I was greatly appreciated, what would it be?” And then do it for yourself!
So there you have it the 5 steps to help you get out of a rut and get you back on the path to sanity.
Of course that is assuming that you were sane when you started!