Things sometimes go south.
Your day is skipping along nicely and you’re humming to yourself while you’re knitting and then your teenager breaks a lightbulb and then picks a fight because he doesn’t want to clean it up, then he does a really terrible job of sweeping and when you go to see if he needs help you slice the bottom of both feet on the giant piles of glass he missed and you’re bleeding everywhere and slip and hit your shoulder on the oven and in the middle of it all, the cat is barfing.
I know from terrible days. (I had three years of them.)
But they don’t have to continue that way. You don’t have to slip on the banana peel and skid headlong into “THIS DAY SUCKS” and “EVERYTHING IS TOTALLY AWFUL”. You do not have to own the “terrible, horrible, no-good very bad day.”
You know where that sweet spot is, the spot where you can still save your day. It’s a big spot. You have time to find it.
Trust yourself to know. It’s that feeling like a wave is about to break. Or a bubble is about to pop, right in the center of your chest. You know yourself better than anyone and you know the breaking point.
I run completely out of spoons on pretty bad days, but I’ve found a few ways that I can get through to bedtime.
- Take a nap. I find when I am overtired, I tend to lash out. Or I get pissy. Or I am just really mean. It took me quite a bit of time to realize where my breaking point is and actually just stop and take a nap. Or put the dang social media away and go to bed because it’s midnight and OMG what is my malfunction.
- Have a snack. Being hangry is the cause of a lot of arguments I see in public. I watched one lady verbally eviscerate the dude she was with because he ate the last of her pasta right off her plate. He’s lucky she didn’t stick him with her fork.
Having low blood sugar can absolutely make you cranky. Stave off that hanger with some protein. Try to stay away from sugar, that makes the “hangry monster” more ravenous.
- Meditate. I am starting to sound like a broken record, but it makes a HUGE difference, even taking five minutes to turn off all the sounds and electronics and just put a hand on your chest while you pay attention to your breath. Seriously, just breathing
- Reach out. Tap into your support system on the terrible no-good, very bad days. I have a few people I can call or message and say “OMG I am having the worst day” and they’re there for me.
Just make sure you take care of yourself! It’s so hard to be great when you’re letting those bad days turn into bad weeks. Or months. Or years <3
This post was written as a part of the NaBloPoMo, a daily blogging journey I am committing to in November 2017.