Bad days suck. They make everything that's going well in your life seem a little darker. They can make you cranky and carry around all sorts of negative energy, emotions and memories. When you are in the midst of a bad day, its hard to see beyond it. Your top priority when starting a bad day is to stop it as soon as possible. Here are 5 Ways to Overcome a Bad Day:

1. Drink

Before you get too excited, let's clarify. A cup of hot tea can often break a bad mood. Whether it's the great smell of Darjeeling or Mint tea, the calming effects of Chamomile tea, or the warmth of any cup of tea. Drinking a cup of tea can break a bad mood. Sit down, hold the cup and feel the warmth. As you sip it slowly, feel the warmth of the tea going all the way down to your stomach. When you drink tea in this way, it's like a mini meditation. Sit with your tea until the cup is done. Then begin your day anew.

2. Remember

Remember that this is only temporary. Remember that you've overcome this, and worse. Remember that you can have a fresh start to your day as soon as you decide to. Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt once said...."No one can make you feel bad without your permission." That can be extended to say that nothing can make you feel bad without your permission as well. Remember that tomorrow, this won't seem as bad, as permanent or as painful. Remember that you are loved and remember that you have to cheer up for those that love you so that you don't spread the negativity. Remember.

3. Keep It In Perspective

If something negative happens at the start of your day, it doesn't mean that you're entire day is going to go downhill. Don't make that choice. One bad thing happening is just one bad thing happening. You don't have to allow it to ruin your day. And just because one bad thing happened, it doesn't mean that everything else suddenly turned bad too. You don't have to allow your view of one thing being bad to make everything in your life seem down as well. You have to keep things in perspective. In fact, just doing a mental inventory of all the things in your life you have to be grateful for will help you feel better about the one or several things you are down about. Instead of allowing yourself to determine that something has ruined your day, choose to have a great day just to spite the negativity you've encountered. It takes the same energy and thought process to choose a great day as it does to choose a bad day. You just need a little more practice choosing the great day!

4. Choose to Change

It has been said that you can change your life by changing your attitude about it. If it can work for a lifetime, it can definitely work for 24 hours! This isn't easy though. You'll need to stop and remember that what you are going through is temporary. You'll need to realize that everything isn't bad...there is one or several things not going your way, but it won't stay that way. Consider that even if they remain as they are, you'll be ok anyway. You've always found a way in the past, so know that you'll find a way to make things better now.

5. Smile

The next time you are having a bad day, look in the mirror and smile as big as you can. You'll see immediately that your mood will lift just a little. Smile again, and again and you'll find yourself laughing at the face you approached the mirror with. It is just about impossible to remain in a bad mood while smiling. The physiology of smiling will impact your emotions and help you break your previous thought patterns. When in a bad mood, decide that you'll smile at every single person you pass for the rest of the day. By the end of the day, you'll forget you were in a bad mood at all.

Author's Bio: 

James LeGrand is the Author of "Evolve!", an best seller in Religion and Spirituality. He is also the publisher of, a free weekly newsletter that presents solutions to life’s issues through the lens of self-help, wisdom, philosophy and spirituality. In addition, James LeGrand is a Life Strategist, an Expert Author with &, a former Radio Personality, a Fortune 500 Vice President, and a Sifu in Shaolin Kungfu, which has been known for centuries as a pathway to spiritual enlightenment.