Wednesday, August 28, 2019

3 Steps to Recover From a Bad Day

August 12th, 2019 was one of those days where everything was going great. Absolutely perfect. I was productive, I ate healthy, I felt good about myself. And then I got frustrated with myself because I let one bad thought creep in and grow into something bigger. I started to think "Alena, why can't you get yourself together?!"

Completely out of nowhere too.
I mean, I was downtown that night, which is like medicine for my soul.
But then I let my thoughts get the best of me and start going to a place where I should have stopped them from going to, but I didn't. Instead I only took myself further into that place of self pity and misery. 

I was going to go to the gym that night but I didn't go because I just wanted to go home and wallow in my pity and drown out my feelings with sugar and junk food. Which only made me feel more worse.

I ate the last sugar cookie (thankfully there were only 5) and stopped myself.

Why am I being so hard on myself?
You have been working out consistently for the past two weeks. That NEVER happens. See, you CAN control yourself!
And you think you're unorganized? You don't have your life together? Are you kidding me?! You are such an organized person. How dare you start feeling down because you are not organized "enough". 

There is no limit to any goals. 
Someone can always be more organized, have more money, be more fit, and work more hours in the day than anyone. 
There will always be someone who will be "more"
But you are already doing SO MUCH.
When is it enough?
It is never enough. Because there is no limit. 
What matters is that you are living life with joy.
You have no idea how lucky you are to live the life that you live. 
You are 25 and killing it - more than most people your age. Sure there's people your age that have/do more than you. But you are living YOUR best life.
Do what makes you happy. Don't kill yourself over cleaning every crevice of your home just to be "more organized" because at the end it doesn't matter. 
There's always more than can be done in every aspect of your life. 
But are you happy? 

Everything you see in italics above, I wrote that night through the tears rolling down my face.
A conversation with myself.
And now I want to tell you what I did afterwards.

Enough pity. Now get it together and...

Take a shower. 
I love taking showers on my bad days. After I shower, I just feel like I just washed all those gross feelings about myself off, took all the grime off. All the mistakes of the day are off of me now.
I feel fresh, I feel clean, I can have a fresh start again. The bad things are gone.

Face Mask 
To drive the point home, I put on a clarifying face mask to pull all the gunk out of my pores and out of my life.
Some of my fave clarifying masks are:
Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask
Ole Henriksen Cold Punge Pore Mask

Go to Sleep
Whether it's 6pm, 10pm, midnight, or 2am, go to sleep. If you had a good cry session, you know you'll have a good sleep session LOL. I don't know why but I always sleep good after crying!
Plus when you're sleeping, you aren't thinking back about this pity party you just had.

Try Again Tomorrow
The best you can do is take it day by day. So you've let your thoughts wander where they shouldn't. Don't let it happen tomorrow. Comparison is unavoidable and is everywhere and you can't just hide out in your home. But prevent it where you can. Mute/unfollow people on your instagram feed. Carve out time in your day to work on improving what you don't like about yourself. Whether it's an hour to do something towards your goals. Or time to workout and meal prep. 
Just take it day by day. 

Now I want to know: What helps you get over a bad day? And what steps do you take to prevent another bad day from happening?

♡ Alena

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