6 Simple Ways to Rebound from a Down Day

By Kaitlin Vogel
February 16, 2023

Everyone has an off day every once in a while. Maybe a dream you had put you in a bad mood from the moment you woke up, or everything from your wardrobe options to your breakfast cereal seem uninspiring and just downright blah. You feel down in the dumps and wish you could hit a reset button—but you’re not entirely sure why.

If you’re in the midst of a down day right now, you’ve come to the right place. Here are six science-backed strategies that may help you lift your spirits and remind you that there is a brighter tomorrow.

1. Think About Wants Versus Needs

When a bad day strikes, you may start questioning why you feel this way or immediately start looking for solutions to your negative emotions. Instead, listen and be attuned to your needs in the moment—not necessarily to “fix” how you're feeling or distract yourself from it, but to find a greater sense of calm and comfort.