It’s okay to have a bad day

I recently read this quote on Tumblr that really spoke to me:
“It’s okay to have a bad day.”
And I couldn’t believe how much I was denying myself this feeling.
Even before I started working on my mental health and my personal self care (including this blog!), I had sort of gotten into this mindset that if I’m not 100% all the time something is wrong.
But that’s just NOT the case.


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I mean yeah, maybe in a perfect world every day would be a good one.

But this isn’t a perfect world. I am not a perfect person. And I’m allowed to have bad days.

It’s sort of been my greatest fear, actually; having a bad day.

Because somehow in my mind I had come up with this idea that a bad day would lead to a bad week which would lead to a bad month and so on and so on, until I had nothing but a bad life left behind.

But a bad day can just be a bad day.

And as cheesy as it sounds, we need those bad days. We need them to reorient ourselves; to reevaluate. And we need them to remind us just how good the good days are.

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This especially resonates with me because I had almost forgotten how bad a bad day could feel.

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve struggled with my mental health for a while. But for quite some time now, I’ve been able to manage everything pretty well.

Until I couldn’t anymore.

And everything came crashing down and I felt helpless.

I couldn’t work; I couldn’t enjoy myself; some days, I couldn’t even get out of bed.

So now that I’m back to recovering, I think back to all the times I could have let myself have just one bad day. Instead, I held everything in and pretended everything was okay.

Which, in the end, started to make my worst nightmare a reality: I had an entire bad month.

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Instead of these small bad days being sprinkled throughout my okay days and my good days and my great days, they rained down on my all at once. And that hurt. More than anything.

I can’t change the past. I can’t change how I’ve reacted to things that have already happened and I can’t go back and fix what I think I did wrong.

But I can work on my present, which will in turn shape my future.

So it’s okay to have a bad day. Or 2, or 3.

So long as I have them.
Because life isn’t perfect.

But I know that after that bad day, I’ll have a good one. Maybe even a great one. And it will feel even better than before.


If you’re having a bad day, remind yourself that it’s okay.

If you’re trying to avoid your bad days, just let them in.

And if you ever need to talk to someone, I’m here to listen. You can email me or find me on twitter and instagram

I am not a professional, though, so if you need to seek out help I recommend you take a look at these resources.


So let’s all have a bad day. Because then we can enjoy the great ones that much more.

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2 thoughts on “It’s okay to have a bad day

  1. “But I know that after that bad day, I’ll have a good one. Maybe even a great one. And it will feel even better than before.” Great positivity! With your awesome attitude, even bad days will look pale 🙂 And I used to have expectations of having good days, which felt like constant anxiety. It went to the point of weariness. So, I decided to lower my expectations and to just live my life with curiosity. Great post!

    1. Thank you so much! Recently, I have been striving to live my life with a more positive outlook and I can absolutely feel the difference!
      I love that you’re living more curiously, I think we could all stand to make that change in our lives.
      I hope you have a wonderful day 😄

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