Ways to Improve your Mood on a Bad Day

How to Brighten Your Mood on a Bad Day

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A Bad Day is NOT a Bad Life

We are all bound to have bad days but a bad day does not have to mean a bad mood. When life doesn’t go the way we want it to, we can easily fall into a negative mindset. Life happens and things happen that are out of our control. However, the way we react to situations and our overall mood is in our control. Sometimes it may feel like you have no choice but to be in a bad mood, but I promise that isn’t true! I want to let you know ways to improve your mood on a bad day! It’s easier than you think and it is honestly all in your head.


ways to improve your mood because a bad day does not have to mean a bad mood


Falling into a hole of negativity can be easy to do and can happen without you even noticing. The first and most important step to brightening your mood is to be able to recognize when you’re falling into a bad mood. 

Once you have realized that you are slipping into a negative mindset, it’s time to find out why.


Self-reflection is such an important thing to have in our everyday life. It is extra important when you are trying to improve your mood. Sometimes you really have to dig deep to understand your negativity, other times it is an obvious reason. Whatever the case, you need to take some time and reflect on what has led you to this bad mood.

Some of my favorite ways of doing this are

  • Write It Down

Personally, I have a journal that I write in daily. If you don’t keep a journal, you can just write it down or type it somewhere. The point is writing down how you’re feeling and possible reasons why. Seeing everything on paper (or screen) may help you understand better to either fix the problem or just improve your mood.

  • Have Quiet Time

This is one of my favorite things to do and it really helps to put everything into perspective. Life gets overwhelming at times so a good habit to develop is having daily quiet time. Find a spot you’re comfortable in, away from people and distractions, and just spend time thinking about everything. Your problems, weaknesses, future goals, where your life is compared to where you want it to be.

Spending time with your thoughts often allows you to thoroughly think through everything.

  • Talk About It

Having a listening ear or someone else’s perspective and advice can be very beneficial. Just speaking about your problems out loud can help you realize things you didn’t before.

Once the problem has been identified, you can begin improving your mood! Yay!


The next question to ask yourself:

Can I control the situation and fix the problem?

If the answer is yes, then make a plan and fix the issue!

If the answer is no, then stop worrying and distract yourself with something that makes you happy!

  • Get Active

    • Go on a nature walk
    • Go for a run
    • Stretch, yoga, Pilates
    • Workout

If you need workout ideas or inspiration, I really like the app Sworkit. Also, THIS is my favorite website to get inspiration and workouts from. Blogilates has a ton of videos plus a new calendar for every month so you know you are working out every part of your body throughout the month. It’s perfect for all levels and has a huge variety of options to choose from! && no this isn’t sponsored, I just really love it!

  • Treat Yourself

    • Take a Bath
    • Spa Day (Facial, Nails, Etc.)
    • Bake your Favorite Dessert
    • Buy Yourself Something Nice
    • Order Delivery or Take Out

Find something you enjoy doing, but don’t do often because of time, money, health, etc. and JUST DO IT! Every now and then you need to do something special for yourself and you deserve it anyway!  Plus it’s the perfect way to distract your mind from any negativity.

  • Get Organized/Tidy Up/Yard Work

    • Deep Clean
    • Garden/Pull Weeds
    • Declutter

This may not sound appealing to some, but personally, I rarely get time to do these types of things. When I finally make the time I enjoy it so much and afterward I feel 100% better. Something about cleaning, organizing, etc. is so soothing and stress relieving for me! && checking off something from my to-do list is the BEST feeling!

  • All Things Media

    • Watch your Favorite Movie
    • Put on some Upbeat and Fun Music
    • Read a Book
    • Binge watch Netflix, Youtube, etc.
    • Play your Favorite Video Game

Media can be such a useful resource to help distract us from our everyday stresses and problems. It can be uplifting, inspiring, and motivating and can be one of the best ways to improve your mood!


These ways to improve your mood are meant to distract you for a period of time from problems that are out of our control. Or even from one of those days where you’re just in a bad mood for no reason. They can help you reset and get ready to tackle the next day. In no way am I telling you to ignore your problems, but there is zero reason to worry about something out of our control.

Life is way too short to be in a bad mood any longer than necessary! 

I hope these tips and ways to improve your mood help you on your bad days! I’d love to hear what your best ways to improve your mood are!!

Sending Positive Vibes to You Always

<3 Manda Mae


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