Bouncing back after a rough week is a skill we can all use. Life doesn’t have to get the better of you, even when it gets you down. Let’s look forward and move forward—it’s the only direction we should go.
We’ve all had those weeks. You know the week I’m talking about. Misplaced car keys, spilled drinks, a laptop that freezes hours behind deadline, and a phone that lands face down. A week where everything seems to go wrong. Events seem to spiral out of control. By the end of the work week, you’re feeling frustrated, angry, and drained.
Life happens, and we all experience weeks like this sometimes. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. It also shows that you’re human!
While it might be nice to dream about a life where weeks like this don’t happen, it’s much better to have an effective strategy for bouncing back when the going gets tough.
We’re going to look at six tips for doing just that. With these tips, you can feel revitalized and ready to face the week to come.
Catch Up on Your Sleep
Maybe you were burning the candle at both ends during the week to get work done. Perhaps you didn’t sleep properly because of anxiety and stress. Not getting enough sleep has both short-term and long-term consequences.
Short-term consequences include irritability and impairment of judgment, and many illnesses link to long-term sleep deprivation. We will not go into detail here, but some of the long-term effects include hypertension and lowering your immune system.
Suitable methods to catch up on your sleep include going to bed an hour earlier or sleeping an hour longer. Another way is to take a nap during the day.
Getting enough sleep gives your mind and body time to recharge. It can also provide a healthy break from the worry of your waking life. That old saying, “things always look better in the morning,” has some truth to it.
Care for Yourself
Practice some self-care. Treat yourself to an activity that reminds you of your value.
There are many things you can do to care for yourself. Take the time to luxuriate in a hot bath. You’ll improve your circulation and help tense muscles to relax. You can even use a bath to wash away the rough week figuratively.
Treat yourself to a session at a spa. Let the beauty therapists pamper you. Making yourself look good is a great way to feel good. Under the care of a skilled beauty therapist, you’ll feel better about yourself and your life.
Maybe self-care is watching a feel-good movie or reading a good book for you.
Whatever you do, choose something that makes you feel cared for.
Meet Up With Your Friends
Make some time to socialize with your friends. Friends can provide a fantastic support network.
Vent and rant to a friend to help you let go of the frustration of the week. Good friends won’t take it personally. Maybe you’ll even end up laughing about your rough week. Support each other; you vent to them and then allow them to vent to you.
Try not to only vent and rant, though. Meet up with your friends and do something fun together. This is a great way to remind yourself that there is life outside of work.
Spend Time on Your Hobby
Take some time out and spend it on your hobby. Engaging in something you’re interested in will take your mind off your rough week. It will also help you let go of the frustration and annoyance you are feeling.
Your hobby should fuel your passion and stimulate you. It should help reinvigorate you and remind you that other things in life don’t lead to stress or anxiety.
Give yourself the pleasure of time spent on something that you genuinely enjoy and see how much better you feel.
Get Some Exercise
Exercise can be a great way to recalibrate as it releases endorphins, nature’s feel-good chemicals.
So, get your body moving with your favorite exercise. Go for a cycle or walk through a park and enjoy the outdoors. Hit the gym and take on the boxing bag, or go zen and master the art of stress-busting yoga exercises.
Exercise grounds us in our bodies and helps move our focus away from our mental anxieties. It doesn’t matter what activity you do. What’s important is that you get your body moving and the blood flowing.
Just don’t exercise to exhaustion. You’re exercising to make yourself feel better, not worse.
Remind Yourself Why You Love Doing What You’re Doing
Even if you’re working your dream job after a rough week, it’s tough to remember why you love it so much. All jobs have things we don’t enjoy doing. And all jobs can feel overwhelming at times.
Take some time over the weekend to remind yourself why you love what you do. Use whatever method works for you. Maybe talking with a friend is your thing. Perhaps sitting quietly by yourself and writing a list works for you.
Whatever it is, do it to remind yourself why you love what you do. This can be a powerful way to come to terms with a rough week and bounce back, ready for a new one.
Make Resilience Part Of Your Skillset
Don’t despair when you’ve had a rough week. We’ve all had them.
Allow yourself to accept that it was a bad patch—and then do something about it. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the negativity or put your mental health at risk. Use one or more of our tips to bounce back and get your groove on. Building resilience is an ex