How to Tackle a Bummer Day

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. March 06, 2016

How to Tackle a Bummer Day

It happens. Something sets us off and we feel sad. Or we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Is it a full moon? The loss of a pet? A cloudy day? Or just knowing that the clock is ticking? Here are some things that I do to feel better. Some may work for you or you may have ideas of your own. Feel free to share your ideas on ways to turn a bummer into a happy day.

  • Relax – sit quietly and focus on breathing (nice and easy – in and out)
  • Get outside
  • Go for a walk or exercise to increase endorphins
  • Sit on your deck or porch and watch the birds, squirrels and other animals
  • Talk with a loved one – see our Technology section for ways to video chat
  • Donate (even $5) to your favorite charity
  • Read a fun book
  • Buy something you have wanted for yourself or for a friend
  • Plan a special trip or meal
  • Plant something– a flower or bulb
  • Clean your closet
  • Go to the beach
  • Sign up for a class
  • Make a list of all the fun things that you want to do over the next few weeks
  • Make a list of all the things you are grateful for
  • Go to church
  • Do some art – paint, write a poem, write a story or your biography
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Turn off the TV
  • Open your windows and let in the fresh air

If you are sad a lot, consult a professional. Life can be hard but it can also be easy. I like it easy and fun and uplifting and spiritual and challenging and beautiful and rewarding and new and…. Well, you get my point.

Life is beautiful. Life is life. One day – each day – is new to me.

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Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.

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