“Idea List: Having a Bad Day?” New Era, Jan. 1999, 11
January is a great time to start new projects and set goals. But to reach those goals, you can’t let discouragement get you down. Here are some ways to combat 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.
Feeling bad about a disappointment is natural, but don’t drown yourself in self-pity. Move on.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Your parents, bishop, teachers, and friends are all there for you. 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’re going through.
Set goals. Failed 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’s right in your life can make you feel better.
Listen to uplifting music.
Put things in perspective by learning to view life’s challenges from a broader, 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).