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October 11, 2022

What to do when your Day Goes to Sh*t.

 

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*Warning: well-deserved strong language ahead!
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Yesterday was a shit day.

A total shit fest.

I’m a naturally happy person who’s in a good mood 99 percent of the time. So, when I have an off day, it’s really off.

I woke up feeling meh, and spent the 50-minute train ride into the city feeling agitated and restless and wishing I was anywhere else. I waited forever for my coffee at Starbucks, and when my order was finally ready, it was like drinking disappointment in a cup.

The workday dragged on for what felt like six years. I forced my crabby ass to the gym and worked out—but even that didn’t help me to feel better. Then my lunch was subpar.

Are you seeing the trend here?

My train ride home was identical to my morning ride. I was once again agitated and restless. And while I usually feel better once I get home, that didn’t happen yesterday. Even after spending some time relaxing, I just felt sad and blue for no apparent reason.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, it’s simple: I’m telling you because, sometimes, shit days just happen.

They are a part of life. And the only thing we can do is get through them. We need to feel all the feelings and emotions and find a way to move through them.

So, get mad if you have to. Cry it out if you have to. But don’t try to ignore the feelings. I have found this to be counter-productive as the feelings end up lingering longer.

Before going to bed last night, I talked to my bestie, who told me she had been feeling the same way all day long. I immediately felt better knowing that it wasn’t just me. That, just maybe, the energy in the universe was just off. We both acknowledged that shit days happen and the best thing to do is recognize them and find a way to the other side. And talk to a friend, if you can.

I woke up this morning feeling a little better—and I’m grateful for that. I’m planning to work self-care and quiet reflection into my week, and wishing the same for you.

Because when life gets hard, the best remedy is taking care of yourself and making yourself a priority.

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