You know how most people have an emergency kit in their car’s trunk or glove compartment?
A kit like this usually has a blanket, some flares, a water bottle, a “help, call police!” sign, or other odds and ends you might need if your car breaks down.
I’m not much of a survivalist, so I’m doomed if my car ever breaks down. This just adds to my fear of being eaten by bears.
Anyhoo, what are you supposed to do if your entire DAY breaks down?
- Your roommate eats the leftovers even after you told her you were saving them for your lunch.
- You leave your wallet on the seat as you rush to get out of a taxi.
- You spill coffee on your blouse right before you’re about to meet a client.
- You’ve got the biggest zit popping out of your chin and you just ran into your ex…and his new girlfriend.
- Your parents are taking your little sister to Walt Disney World and you’re not invited because “You’re an adult now, sweetie.”
Whew! We’ve all had days like that.
While you might feel like crawling into bed and hiding under the covers until next month, I’ve got a better idea.
You need a Bad Day Emergency Kit!
Fill your Bad Day Emergency Kit with things to make you feel better and to help you look on the bright side of life.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
A Fabulous Snack
Why am I encouraging you to sooth yourself with food? Isn’t that promoting some kind of emotional dependence on food? Am I trying to make everyone fat and crazy?
Look, I don’t recommend eating to numb your emotions, but everyone understands how a little treat can make you feel wonderful (think of birthday cake). Please note that I said “little” treat. You’re not having a bad day every day, so a little pick-me-up is fine. (If you ARE having a bad day every day, then you’ve got problems bigger than a box of goodies can fix.)
Pick something crunchy/chewy so you get the added stress relief from chomping down on something. I guess carrots sticks would work too, you know, if you’re into healthy stuff. It should come as no surprise that there are Twizzlers in my kit.
Music to Flip Your Mood
As usual, I’m encouraging you to listen to uplifting music. It’s impossible to stay in a bad mood when you’re singing about how great life is. C’mon, I know you know all the words to this one:
A Fantasy to Lose Yourself In
This could be either a book or a movie or even a video game. But let me stress (again) that it should be happy (or romantic or funny). There should be few deaths (if any), and none of the characters should get blown to bits or impaled on anything. Seriously, we’re trying to lighten the mood, not make you paranoid that there’s a serial killer hiding in the closet.
My choice: the Drew Barrymore Cinderella-with-a-twist film, Ever After. Ah, this takes me back to high school…and the days when I use to wear roll-on glitter. Classy. 🙂 I also like The Wizard of Oz.
Inspiration to Take Action
OK, so we can’t mope around eating snacks and watching movies all day. Those things will give us some peace when we’re still reeling from the bad situations, but we eventually need to dust ourselves off and get on with our lives.
Taking action to repair a bad day will give you the most bang for your buck. If you lost your wallet, get on the phone and start canceling your credit cards (a few unwanted purchases isn’t going to improve your day). If you spilled coffee on yourself or ripped your pants, perhaps the universe is telling you to slow down. Take 10 minutes to meditate and focus on your breathing.
As you’ve probably guessed, there are a few things that don’t belong in your Bad Day Emergency Kit.
What should NEVER be in your kit
- Your credit card
- Your ex’s phone number (seriously, no)
- Your ex’s best friend’s phone number (I mean it. Don’t make me come over there and smack some sense into you.)
- An entire cake with ooey gooey frosting
- A voodoo doll of your boss
- A mix tape of bad emo music
- A bottle of vodka
- A new puppy
Once you’ve created your kit, consider making one for a friend who might be going through a hard time.
What’s in your Bad Day Emergency Kit?