How To Deal with a Bad Day

stress

I’m graduating from college in two weeks.

Just a few weeks ago, I was reflecting on how much I’ve grown in the past four years and I was feeling pretty damn good about myself.

But then one morning I woke up and felt like complete shit. I was in a terrible mood and had absolutely no motivation to go to class. Or to do anything at all.

This feeling went on for a few days, and the worst part is, I had no idea why—until yesterday.

Looking back now, I know exactly what happened. I was having a mini mental break down. Kind’ve like the one I had earlier this year when I got some bad news from the doctor.

Except this time, literally nothing had happened at all. No bad news from the doctor or anything like that. I was just freaking out about all the work that I have to do in the next few weeks before I graduate.

The thing is, I hadn’t realized just how much I had to do, and when I had that realization, it caught me off guard. And it hit me hard.

I lost my mental balance, so to say, and I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I didn’t want to do everything that I had to do…

Ugghhh… I’m so over it. I just want to graduate already… Ugghh… I really don’t want to do this… Uggghhhhh… I can’t do this

These thoughts were consuming my mind and spiraling out of control.

This is a very bad state of mind to be in—when you become so absorbed in your thoughts that you’re not even aware of how they’re affecting you.

Fortunately, I finally snapped out of this hypnosis today by realizing that all I needed to do was shift my attention away from these negative and wasteful thoughts and towards something more productive. So, I started writing this post.

The key to being able to make this mental shift is a practice of mindfulness and attention. It’s about being consciously aware of your thoughts—being able to watch them pass by like a detached observer—so that you can consciously shift your attention when your mind starts going off on a negative tangent.

It’s impossible to feel on top of the world every single day. Motivation comes and goes. Some days are going to suck— sometimes for no apparent reason.

The best thing we can do is accept that these bad days will come and prepare for them, so that when they do come, it’s simply a matter of how long they stay.

We all get knocked down sometimes. The question is, how long does it take you to get back on your feet?

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  • Ken

    Hey Stefano!

    Great post! I’m glad that you actually set up context for the idea of practicing mindfulness and self-awareness. I’ve had a hard time expressing it in the past and the way you explained it makes a lot of sense. Recently, I have felt a lot of overwhelm from my job, my website, and my relationships, and eventually I found that just writing down my thoughts on paper is a great way to slow them down and even come to sensible conclusions all on my own. So if I ever feel paralyzed by my thoughts and can’t think straight, writing out a journal entry is a great way to calm down and get my mind back on track.

    Mindfulness is one of the most important skills that managed to stick with me from college and I’m always excited to hear of others who value it as well!

    Keep up the good work!
    Ken
    http://www.unchartedengineering.com

    • Thanks, Ken. I think writing is one of the most undervalued ways to de-stress and re-focus. It helps you clear your mind. I’ve been journaling every morning for the past month and my days have felt SO much more productive.