7 Ways to Have a Good Day Today

If you're looking for a style post, this isn't one today :) I wasn't even planning to do a post today, but here we are!

In a detailed strength-finder test through work, I learned that my number one strength (out of 35 or 40 I believe), is empathy. I feel things deeply. Other people's triumphs, despair and every emotion in between. Today's turmoil is quite the day for my psyche.

I am also learning about myself that I may struggle with anxiety. I have always been exceptionally and unhealthily hard on myself. Pair that with being an introvert and you come up with a little ball of anxiety that over-analyzes literally everything. "Are people going to judge me if I get seconds?" "Why can't I stop crying?" "I don't want to leave the house today." "Do people think I'm snobby because I'm shy?" Basically, this is me in a nutshell.
Now don't get me wrong, most of the time, I'm a very happy person. My husband has taught me the power of positivity [through his example], and I firmly believe it's a choice that we have to do our best to live out every day. For some of us it's harder than for others, and that's okay, as long as we continually work on it.

But if you're feeling anxious today (raised hand emoji x10 for me), or you're ever too hard on yourself, I wanted to share some things I do and reflect on when I need to have a good day.

Also, I just have to say that it's okay to have a bad day or three. Please don't ever punish yourself for that.      

7 Ways to Have a Good Day Today

1. Empower and uplift a fellow young female...or anyone really. 
Think about how you feel when someone says they're proud of you. Or that you're strong. Or smart. Amazing, yes? So, let's do that more for others! Encouragement and empowerment can change someone's day, but they can also change yours.

2. Do something active. 
Whether it's connecting with yourself through yoga, getting out your frustration with a spin or kickboxing class, or simply going on a quick walk for some alone time, I promise the endorphins and sense of accomplishment will help.

3. Work really hard at something #bossbabe. 
This could be anything that makes you feel good, whether it's at your job, a home project you've been wanting to tackle, your blog or side business, the list goes on. Work really hard, get sh*t done, and be proud of yourself sista.

4. Listen to your favorite music or podcasts. 
I have a Spotify playlist called "relax" that always helps me get into a more peaceful state of mind, and Girlboss Radio by Sophia Amoruso is my favorite podcast for feeling empowered and making positive changes in my life.

5. Tell yourself 3 things that are great about you. 
It's so cheesy, I know. But, I promise it helps. Depending on your day you can come up with 3 things you do well at your job, 3 things that make you a good person, 3 things you like about your appearance...anything that you need to hear or read! Empowerment can come from yourself.

6. Do something to serve others. 
Unfortunately I can't volunteer every day, but service can take on many different forms. It can be as simple as bringing your elderly neighbor's trash can back up from the street, surprising your significant other with their favorite dessert, or offering to help a coworker with a stressful project. When you're helping and loving another person, I promise it will help you feel better too.

7. Talk to someone you trust.
If you feel you're having an anxiety attack or are depressed, please don't suffer through it alone. Let your spouse in your head. Let your best friend know that you could use some encouragement. A couple of months ago I was realllly stressing out about my career and blog. I called one of my best friends and she let me talk through it all, until I had calmed down. It meant the world to me, and I always try to be that person for my friends and family as well.

If there is something you do when you need to have a better day, please share your thoughts below or @ me on Twitter! By sharing, you could help out someone else.

I love you all! Thank you for your constant encouragement, and for building a fellow woman up. Love really does win.

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