The Easiest Way to Fix a Bad Day

Everyone has bad days, weeks, or even months. Regardless of how much you love your job, or how tight your six-pack abs are, you’re going to have friend drama, work stress, or a fight with your significant other. You will get a haircut you hate, and you will get sick at an inconvenient time. It will just happen. Maybe all at once. When you’re having a tough time, it can feel as though you’re drowning in this rough period. I won’t lie, I’ve been having a less-than-stellar couple of days. But I’ve been relying on my “ego boost” folder to get me through.

What is an ego boost folder, you ask? It sounds stupid, but it can be a powerful tool when it comes to getting you through a bad day/week/month/year (insert “Friends” theme song here).

Any time I receive a sweet e-mail from a reader, a compliment at work, a nice e-mail from a friend or family member, etc., I store it in my Gmail in a separate folder called “Take Note.” When I’m having a bad day, I can easily scan through these nice reminders and get a little pick-me-up. It just takes a minute, but it’s amazing how effective the “Take Note” folder is at making me feel better.

I’ve also established a Pinterest board full of inspirational quotes and adorable pictures such as this one:


These elements also help to provide a little boost when I’m in need. How can you be mad when you’re looking at Ryan Gosling cradling a cute kiddo? Just stare into his eyes, girl, and your troubles will melt away.

I’d highly recommend making yourself an ego boost folder; you’ll appreciate it next time you get a flat tire, lock yourself out of the house, miss a deadline at work, and/or squabble with your sibling.

What do you do to get rid of a bad day quickly?

P.S. I wrote this article for Yahoo! called “The Five Things You Must Do When You Work From Home.” Take a minute to check it out if you can!

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