Yesterday was a bad day. Not the kind of bad day I’ll remember a week, month, or year from now. It was the kind where nothing seemed to go right. The kind where you just want to throw your hands up and ask for a “do over”.
Fortunately, I wasn’t able to go straight home after work. Otherwise I know I would have been cranky towards my wife and kids. I had already committed to helping a friend out. His family had moved to another state, are closing on the sale of their house later this week, and needed the lawn mowed. Per his suggestion, I agreed to mow it in exchange for the snow blower he left behind.
The yard hadn’t been mowed yet this Spring and was really uneven. Some parts were really short. In other parts the grass approached mid-calf to knee level. I jokingly told my friend afterward that it was a good thing I liked him and hated to shovel snow because I was tempted to drive away when I saw how tall it was in places.
So I started to work on the lawn. After the day I had I wasn’t in the mood to listen to the radio or podcasts. So I mowed listening to the dull hum of the mower engine through my ear protectors. For two hours I mowed, sweated, and let my mind wander.
It was the best thing I could have done. The first half hour I’ll admit that I was still upset about my day but the more I worked all that faded away. I started to think about my family and how blessed I am. My thoughts drifted towards my blog and new ideas and goals I have for it. I also thought about the podcast I’d like to start.
By the time I was done the stress of my day had been erased and replaced with a sense of accomplishment.
Yesterday taught me that the best way to get over a bad day is with a little sweat and time to let my mind wander.
What are some ways you cope with a bad day?