How to Have A Better Day

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We all have bad days, sometimes it might be a bad morning, or afternoon, a frustration with a family member or a friend, school not going well, or a bad day on the team.  However, it is never too late to switch gears and have a better day.  In fact, it’s easier than you think! Below we list our top, easy tips on how to have a better day – including the benefits of naps and stress tips.

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1. Take a Warm Shower

When you shower, the running water touching your skin activates your sense of touch, making you feel better.  Warm water actually relaxes your body and your thoughts.  When you feel really sad, or stressed, use this stress tip, and take a warm, long shower, without feeling rushed. 

2. Reach Out To a Friend

When you talk to a friend, they make you feel less lonely, provide ‘companionship’ and can even give you advice.  If you’re having a bad day at school, make an effort to find your friends at lunch.  Talk to them, listen to their conversations, and enjoy your time together.  If you aren’t around your friends, text one: “Hey, how are you?” or “Hey, what are you doing?”  If possible, FaceTime!  Chat, catch up or play a game!

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3. Take a Nap

Naps help you “reset” if you’re having a bad day.  Also, bad days can often be a result of not getting enough sleep the night before! Taking a nap will reduce your daytime sleepiness, and help think clearer.  On top of that, the benefits of naps include; boosting your mood, reducing stress, and improving relaxation.  The ideal nap is around 10-20 minutes, so if you’re feeling really tired, or are having a bad day, set a timer on your phone (or don’t) and take a nap. Take a nap in the car on the way to or from school, or after you get home. Naps are really a good idea anytime you’re feeling particularly anxious or sad.

4. Eat Something Yummy

It’s totally normal to feel anxious, or start over-reacting when you’re hungry. So stress tip #4 is grab a snack.   Other times, you might be having a bad day, and need something to help turn things around.  Try eating something yummy that gives you and your taste buds a small bit of happiness.  See our article here on food that is proven to boost your mood!  Pack something delicious into your school lunch daily (whether it’s to make a good day even better, or turn a bad day around), or grab a tasty snack while you’re at home. 

Some of our favourite mood-boosting snacks that are easy to pack or grab include:

– Chocolate

– Bananas

– Nuts

– Popcorn

– Berries

– Oranges

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We hope that these quick and easy to do hacks help turn your day into a better day and give you a small bit of happiness. 


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