When you feel as though nothing is going right in your life, creating something can be difficult, if not impossible. Maybe you woke up this morning, feeling like absolute shit, in desperate need of a drink or another twelve-hour sleep session. You may be worried about a test that you recently took, a sick loved one, or maybe your anxiety is acting up again. And maybe it is none of that. Quite possibly, you could wake up feeling as though you should not bother getting out of bed, simply because you don’t want to. Regardless of what it is, you need to keep a few things in mind, every time you wake up.
Assess your situation
First of all, the most important thing to remember is that it is a bad day, not at all a bad life. You should not be focused so heavily on whether you missed your morning class or how you forgot the keys to your room, effectively locking yourself out. Even if you did lock yourself out of your room, and everything that you need for the day is within that room, your day is not “ruined.”
It is not the end of your life.
You are still breathing, still able to do something with the day. Okay, so you locked yourself out – let us stick with that. Before you begin freaking the freak out, take a deep breath and assess your situation. Yes, your roommate may be in class or at work, so getting into your room is not a possibility. Well, think of what it is you were planning on doing. Were you going to class? Did you want to sit in the library and read? Had you planned on heading into work a bit early?
Going to class without your things sort of sucks, as you come in unprepared and behind everyone around you. But here’s the deal: you can still go. You can still learn the material for the day. Bum a pen and piece of paper off a friend and jot down some notes. If you can’t do that, ask them to email you their notes.
Did you plan to go read in the library? Go. What could you possibly need with you in order to read in a library? If there’s a book you were planning on reading, but left it in your room, then try to find it within the library. 9 times out of 10, in a building filled with hundreds of books, the one you want to read will be in there. And if it isn’t, then pick up a new book and try it out. Who knows – you may find something new that you fall in love with.
Finally, if you were planning on going to work a bit early, simply go in. Talk to your boss about what happened, and if you need to, see if you can get a new uniform. Most bosses, managers, etc. are understanding, for they too make mistakes on a daily basis. They are human, after all. Well…unless they aren’t. Then, I am unsure of what to tell you. Sorry.
The other option that you have is to create something. If you are really having a bad day, doing something to destress will help you tremendously. Spill your emotions onto a blank canvas in front of you. Whether you write a chapter of a story, paint a pretty picture, or even go take a walk with your camera outside, you need to figure out a way to express how it is you are feeling. By creating something, you are able to forget all that happened throughout the day, effectively fixing your “ruined” day. How long you need is completely up to you; some days, you may need three or four hours before you can truly create something you are proud of and really distract yourself with. Other days, you may just need an hour, or even less, before you have fixed your day and your overall mood.
Everyone is different
Everybody deals with stress differently, but there is little doubt that by assessing your situation in a calm manner and creating something, you will feel better about yourself and the day. Remember that everybody makes mistakes in life; there are no exceptions.
You are having a bad day, not a bad life.