5 Simple Joys That Can Brighten Up Your Day

We all go through THOSE daysâ€"you know, the ones when nothing seems to go your way. These days are a part of life, and they can sometimes be unavoidable. However, the great news is, there are several simple joys that you can indulge in to pick yourself up from a lousy day. And the best part is, these little joys aren’t just inexpensive, they’re pretty easy to do too. Check out the list below of small but effective things that you can do to cheer yourself up after a bad day:

Treat yourself to a bubble bath â€" Having a stressful day? Then why not draw a nice bubble bath for yourself when you get home? While you’re at it, turn on some relaxing music and just leave the whole day behind as you get in the tub. Soaking up in warm bubbly water for several minutes (maybe even a hour) can effectively take your mind off the stresses of that day and relax your muscles so you don’t have to deal with any emotional stress converting into physical pain.

Make yourself a positive mix â€" Think mixed tapes are really cheesy? Well, yeah they probably are, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not effective. A feel good mix can successfully get you out of a bad day, if you let it. Round up your favorite positive songs and put them all in a playlist or CD. When you’ve had a not-so-pleasant day, turn on the music on your way home and just sing along. This is a sure-fire way to get into a lighter mood and give you a better mindset. Music is the panacea of all woes, after all.

Sleep early â€" When you’re too tired or stressed out, don’t make it worse by complaining about it. Instead, grab an early dinner and hit the sheets as soon as you can. This will not only put an end to a bad day, it will also give your body the much needed rest it deserves, and it will invigorate you for a better day when you wake up in the morning.

Have a marathon of your favorite drama or sitcom â€" Sometimes, one of the best ways to escape the stresses of the real world is to get lost in a fictional realm instead. Consider renting out full seasons of your favorite TV shows and have a marathon at home. If you’re doing way too much at work or at home, then take the chance to be a couch potato for a day. (Just don’t get addicted to it.)

Invite your co-workers to happy hour â€" Long day in the office? Then who could relate more than the people that you work with? If you’re chummy with some of your co-workers then invite them out for a drink. A lot of restaurants and sports bars have great happy hour specials, so it shouldn’t create such a huge dent on your budget. Grabbing dinner or drinks with your officemates can bring you closer together and strengthen your working relationship, so give it a try and you might just experience less stressful days at work.

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