Having a Bad Day?

“Having a Bad Day?” Liahona, Oct. 1999, 43

Having a Bad Day?

Today is a great time to start new projects and set goals. But to reach those goals, you can’t let small disappointments ruin your entire day or make you forget your enthusiasm. Here are some ideas for combating the bad-day blahs:

  • Don’t dwell on problems. Instead, make a list of solutions for your problems. Then go to work on the list, one item at a time.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Your parents, bishop or branch president, teachers, and friends are there for you. Your father or a trusted priesthood holder can give you a blessing if necessary.

  • Stay busy. Moping doesn’t solve anything, so go for a walk, talk to a friend, or play a game.

  • Laugh. Look for the humor in bad situations.

  • Pray. Heavenly Father knows what you are going through.

  • Set goals. Did you fail your last math test? Make a goal to pass the next one.

  • Read the scriptures. Learn how people in the scriptures handled tough times, and follow their examples.

  • Spend time with happy people. Uplifting company is sometimes enough to lift your spirits.

  • Count your blessings. Thinking about what is right in your life can make you feel better.

  • Listen to uplifting music.

  • Put things in perspective by learning to view life’s challenges with an eternal point of view (see Jacob 4:13).

  • Be patient. Remember the Lord blesses those who endure to the end (see 1 Ne. 13:37).

Illustrated by Steve Kropp