What about when you have ‘one of those’ days?

You intended to wake up before the kids, and instead, you wake up to their demands for breakfast.

You intended to go to bed with clear counters, but from exhaustion or procrastination, you went to bed early instead.

Your intentions, whatever they were, just did not materialize. Now the day has started and you have barely recovered from the previous day. What do you do?

7 Things to do when you wake up to ‘one of those’ days.

1. Get up, take a deep breath, and drink a large glass of water. It is very common to get dehydrated while sleeping. Water will make you feel so much better. It is a good habit to get into anyway. Drink a large glass of water first thing in the morning, even before your coffee.

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2. Get dressed and make your bed. You may not feel like it, but getting dressed will make you feel better and eventually help you get more done. No matter how your house looks, knowing your bed is made is crucial. At least you know when you go back to bed, you will get to pull down the sheets of a decent looking bed. Trust me. It makes a difference.

3. Eat a decent breakfast. I am horrible about eating breakfast. In fact, many days I forget it altogether. Bad, I know. However, on the days that I am feeling like I am already one step behind before even starting the day, I intentionally make something more substantial for breakfast.

4. Tackle the thing you dread most. I know, you are already having a rough start and I am telling you to tackle something you dread! Whatever that is, dishes, laundry, exercise, etc, go ahead and tackle it quickly. In his book Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy encourages people to do their most dreaded task first thing in the morning in order to be more productive the rest of the day. I have been doing this, and I definitely think it does work. It gives me momentum for the rest of the day.

5. Do not dwell on the ‘should haves’. You should have cleaned the kitchen before bed. You should not have pushed snooze on your alarm. You should have done a lot of things. That may or may not be the case, but dwelling on it will only stall you from making any progress today. Remember, there is always tomorrow.

6. Be cheerful. Even though it is ‘one of those’ days, there is no need to subject the entire family to your bad day. I have even written myself notes that said simply “smile” to remind me to look cheerful to my family. This is not to be fake, but to remind myself to be positive with my family. There is always something to smile and be cheerful about, no matter how bad your day.

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7. Be Thankful. I saved the most important thing for last. God has graciously brought you through another night. Take a moment to thank God for keeping you and your family safe and healthy during sleep. Thank God for His grace in sustaining you, providing for you, and helping you. This will bring perspective to your day, and maybe you will find that you have not had such a bad start after all.

The Lord is your keeper. Psalm 121:5

Remember, we are all in this together. We need each other. And most importantly, we need God’s grace.

What do you do when you wake up to ‘one of those’ days?


  1. This is so fitting with other posts today! All of our ears must be burning. We moms are in it together, same daily stuff of life – so glad to not be alone in that, aren’t you? Your post is so right on, love the tips and I know I should do these things – so hard some days to just get out of bed and deal with the routine again. Very encouraging!

  2. Hi Johanna! This was so timely this morning. Thank you very much for posting. :)

  3. I find it so hard not to dwell, and mull-over, and not let go of the “should-haves” when things aren’t going well. I’ve always been amazed (and at times frustrated) with how quickly my kids can move on to the next thing, apparently unhindered by whatever “catastrophe” just went down. I’ve been looking to them for inspiration on how to get past the “should-haves” and shift focus to the current situation and improve. The three of them each have their own ways of helping me out of a funk, if I can just be aware enough of what’s going on outside my own head. Thank you for all of your tips here. They are all great things to keep in mind to help turn around “one of those days.”

    • Johanna says:

      I love what you said about letting your kids help you get out of the funk! Kids definitely have a way of bouncing back from almost anything, don’t they? With I could just stop my brain long enough to enjoy life right along with them. :)

      • “Wish I could just stop my brain long enough to enjoy life right along with them.”
        Exactly!! A good CD playing in the background can help, too :)

  4. I could tell when the alarm rang this morning I was going to “have one of those days!” I forced myself to get up and get to the gym. (I do have that luxury since I don’t have children!) It really makes a difference to get up and get going rather than focusing on what could have been done bertter the night before! Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Excellent tips, Johanna! I usually find ‘being cheerful’, listening to happy music or reading something encouraging helps me deal with one of those days:-)

    • Johanna says:

      Yes, my mental outlook totally changes things (for the good or bad!). Music and reading are great ideas, too! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  6. Very helpful tips. I probably have a handle on all of them except dwelling on the “should haves”. I keep thinking about the basket of clean clothes that I should have folded three days ago.

    I’ll have to work on releasing my “should haves” and start celebrating my “did dos”. For example, I did wash the clothes, clean the closet, pay the bills, etc.

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