During our Back on Track message series I’ll be posting a new blog each Wednesday, as a mid-week continuation of our message from Sunday, to help you be on track with God all week!
SIX ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE WHEN YOU’RE HAVING A BAD DAY, PLUS A SHORT AFTERNOON PRAYER:
- Don’t act on your negative emotions.
If you do you’ll say things you regret and do things you’ll wish you could take back. So when you’re having a bad day, don’t act on your emotions. Don’t do anything stupid and don’t let anyone “have it” just because you’re in a bad mood. You may have some angry thoughts, but they can remain “stay in your head” angry thoughts.
- Don’t make any big decisions.
The worst time to make decisions is when you’re upset or feeling down. Your emotions will lead you to decide things you’ll later regret. So on a bad day decide to not decide anything. As someone has said, “Don’t make tomorrow’s decisions based on today’s emotions.”
- Do something that’s a “win” for you.
It can be something as mundane as cleaning out your email inbox or organizing a drawer or getting some routine work or chores done. Find a couple of projects you can do for some “wins.” You may also want to go for a walk or run or bike ride or other physical activity to help you feel better.
- Confide in someone you trust.
Be careful – warning: your emotions will probably tell you to tell the wrong person! Instead, talk to your spouse or a close friend – someone who is willing to help you and pray for you.
Here’s a simple prayer you can use: “Lord, this is Your day. Help me get through this, thank You.”
- Get a good night’s sleep.
Go to bed early and sleep. You’ll feel so much better in the morning. Your emotions get healthier when you’re getting enough sleep. (Sleep experts suggest you get 8 hours of sleep a night).
A short afternoon prayer: “Lord, help me be fully alive this afternoon. Help me walk forward without fear and in Your love and strength, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
Remember that no matter how busy and hectic your day is, your life will go much better if you take time to pray throughout your daytime,