Everyone has down days, right? No one can outrun a bad day no matter how hard you try. (An believe me, I’ve tried many times)
But have you ever noticed what causes your bad days? Do you always have a similar emotional state? Similar state of mind?
You’d be surprised at how often feelings of bad days can be remedied by asking yourself a few basic questions. Keep reading to see what they are.
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When Was The Last Time You Ate?
Hangry is a very real emotional state, and no one can change my mind. There have been many a time where I’ve been super annoyed, tired, and irritable, but then I eat lunch and everything is better.
In reality, when you’re hungry your blood sugar levels dip and that can make you moody, fatigued, and a whole lot more. If you’re feeling extra irritated with things, or want to lay down for a nap, think about the last time you had something to eat.
If you’re looking for something to eat, “the ideal cure for the hangries will contain a mix of fiber, protein, and/or healthy fats.” So smoothies and proper meals are much, much better than grabbing a bag of chips or something else heavily processed.
When Was The Last Time You Drank Water?
This is super important and is specific to water, not any other drink!
As someone who spent most of their high school career dehydrated due to a water bottle ban and a small bladder with a strict bathroom policy, being dehydrated sucks.
- Dry or sticky mouth
- Not peeing very much
- Dark yellow pee
- Dry, cool skin
- Muscle cramps
- Not peeing or having very dark yellow pee
- Very dry skin
- Feeling dizzy
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- Sunken eyes
- Sleepiness, lack of energy, confusion or irritability
I was barely using the bathroom, was riddled with headaches (this was when my migraines started up), and was always pretty tired. To add to that, while not everyone will have this experience, my dehydration caused me to have my first kidney stone at 17.
Not wanting to go through that again, I’ve been trying to keep myself as hydrated as possible. If you’re already eaten a proper meal, think about the last time you had some water.
When Was The Last Time You Slept?
Sleep is another hugely important thing to function like a normal human being. Remember exam week from your last stint at school? Remember how sleep deprived people were? Do you think many people made reasonable decisions during that time? Probably not.
I’m huge with getting my allotted time asleep. If I don’t get my needed 8-9 hours a night I am a crabby pants the next morning. This also goes for interrupted sleep.
If you’re feeling irritated or your own version of a crabby pants and you’ve already checked food and water off your list of things, think about the last time you got a good nights’ sleep.
When Was The Last Time You Spoke With Someone Else?
Being social is part of being human. I know there are times when I feel like I could hole up in my own little world for weeks at a time, and I basically did when I was unemployed, without any real social interaction, specifically verbal communication.
If you’ve been more inward lately, maybe reach out to a friend on social media, send a text, or give them a call (shocking, I know).
I know you might think that you don’t need the social interaction, but you really do. You may not believe it now, but if you get too far into your own head, it can be very hard to get out. There’s a reason relationships/friendships are part of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Checked off the other three options and still not feeling right? Maybe give that friend you’ve been meaning to get in touch with a call.
When Was The Last Time You Took Care of Your Mental Health?
Mental health is just as important as physical health. And if you’re irritated, or down, or just not feeling like yourself, think about the last time you took care of your mental health.
This can be as simple as some meditation, writing in a journal, or just writing out how you’re currently feeling and what you want to accomplish in the near future. Whatever it is, make sure you focus on your own mental health over someone else’s.
When Was The Last Time You Went Outside?
You might be thinking “what does this have to do with my mood?” but hear me out for a bit.
Going outside has so many benefits, it’s really incredible. You wouldn’t think that just going outside, even sitting outside, could be so beneficial. Take click over to this article from Harvard Medical School for the long version, but the TL;DR is:
- Your vitamin D levels rise
- You’ll be happier
- Your concentration will improve
- You may heal faster
I’m not that big of an “outside” person simply because I’m allergic to most of it. However, if I’m cooped up for long enough I’ll actually have the want to go outside for a bit. Not long, but just enough to appreciate nature, then scurry back inside before I have an allergy attack.
Next time you’re not feeling yourself, go for a small walk around the block or parking lot, or at a park. You might find yourself feeling a little bit better by the end of it.
When Was The Last Time You Moved?
No, I don’t mean this as in moving house, I mean physically moved. When was the last time you walked for longer than the distance between your bedroom and the kitchen? Being super sedentary can really harm both your physical and mental state if you keep it up for long enough.
I know that very few people actually like getting up and going for a run/going to the gym/doing an at home workout, but it’s something our bodies and minds need.
Just going for a quick walk (you can incorporate the last point by going for a walk outside!) or taking it easy on the machines at the gym can be super beneficial for you in the long run.
So if all else fails, go for a walk.
- When was the last time you ate?
- When was the last time you drank water?
- When was the last time you slept (for 8+hours!)?
- When was the last time you spoke to someone else?
- When was the last time you took care of your mental health?
- When was the last time you went outside?
- When was the last time you moved?
Have an experience like this before? Let me know how that went for you in the comments!