I had to literally carry him out of the grocery store. He was screaming. People were staring. And I was on the verge of tears. I was mortified.
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to get him to behave in public.
We finally made it to the car (after what felt like hours!) and that’s when the tears began to roll down my cheeks.
Life wasn’t supposed to be this hard. Getting groceries wasn’t supposed to be this hard. Why can’t my kid act like all the other kids in the store?
Have you ever felt like this? Have you ever had a day that goes from bad to worse in a matter of seconds?
10 Ways to Reset to A Bad Day:
- Get something to eat or drink. (And no, I don’t mean alcohol!) Grab a snack for yourself and for your child – something you know they like so you don’t have to deal with more complaining. It’s amazing how a full belly can lift a spirit.
- Say the words, “Let’s reset” to your child. Saying the words reminds both you and your child that just because you had a bad moment does NOT mean you are destined to have a bad day.
- Do something active. Go for a walk. Exercise. Ride bikes. Jump on a trampoline.
- Take a break if possible. If you have a spouse, a family member, or a friend that is able to take your child for a few minutes to give you a break, ASK. I know it can be hard to ask for help, but those few minutes away can dramatically change the rest of the day.
- Practice gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal. When you’re having a rough day, force yourself to find things to be thankful for. As you rack your brain, you’ll be reminded of the good things in your life.
- Listen to music. Music is powerful and can speak to your spirit in ways that few other things can.
- Get a change of scenery. Have you been at home all day? Then leave the house. Go for a drive. Go for a walk. Go to the park. Change it up to improve everyone’s moods.
- Go outside. Like music, nature has a way of calming us.
- Do something you enjoy. It’s not uncommon for parents to put everyone else’s needs above their own. On difficult days especially, it’s vital for us to take care of ourselves too. Sit down and read a book for five minutes. Go for a hike. Paint your nails. Call a friend. I know it can be hard sometimes to get even five minutes away from your child, but at least try! Set a timer and tell them you’ll be available to them when the timer goes off.
- Write down 5 things you like about your child. On those especially hard days, it can be really easy to forget about the good aspects of our child’s personality. Take a few minutes to remind yourself of these positive characteristics: their wit, their persistence, their generosity, etc.
Remember, one bad moment does not have to equal a bad day.
Don’t allow an entire day to be ruined just because of one rough hour (or morning or whatever the case may be).
And as always, I am not a medical doctor and the above post is based on my experience. No information on this site should be relied upon to make a medical diagnosis, treat, prevent or cure any disease or medical condition.