having an off day

When We Don’t Feel Like Superheroes

Some days we feel like superheroes. We’ve gotten up early with a ready to attack the day attitude, perhaps nailed some task at work, made a charming impression on someone, reached a personal or monetary goal, etc. BUT what about when we’re having an off day?

You’ve hit the snooze button five times and are now late for everything, made a very obvious mistake at work, said something you regret in front of someone you are trying to impress, you get the point.

The non-superhero days are the ones that keep us from doing the things that would actually make us feel better. On these days we are more likely to retreat when it would be more beneficial to be with friends, doing something to get our minds off of the treadmill of self-pitty.

It’s easy to think “I’ve had a hard day, I deserve a little Netflix binge.” But if you dig deep you know that won’t help and it’s not what you need.

Changing your Perspective

In order to build true perseverance in life you have to work hard to change your perspective on those non-superhero days. This almost always means to do the opposite of what you want.

When you are in a non-superhero day mode your brain’s perspective has shifted from I can do ANYTHING to I can do NOTHING. The quickest way to shift back into superhero mode, and thus align yourself back up with reaching your goals, is to throw yourself into a situation that will make you feel accomplished again.

Exercise the Bad Day Away

It is no secret that exercise is a great form of medicine for a bad day. You will walk away feeling accomplished and maybe even a little proud of yourself. You will release endorphins that will ultimately give you a positivity high. Could it get any better? Yes, yes it can.

Do that workout in a group setting may leave you feeling happier than working out alone. Science says working out in a group has been shown to significantly lower stress levels and improve your quality of life overall.

OK, I know what you’re thinking, Thanks for the vague fact from “science.” You’re right, that was vague, allow me to elaborate a bit more.

According the the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association those who worked out in a group (vs those who worked out alone) saw significant improvements in mental, physical, and emotional health. Those who worked out in a group also experienced a 26 percent decrease in their stress levels.

There are a number of factors that probably provide the best reasons for the therapeutic nature of a good sweat session with your buddies but at Stronghorn we tend to think it has something to do with our high fives and sweaty hugs. The truth is bad days happen, non-superhero days happen.

We get that and we hope that especially on those days you show up to a sweat session. When you challenge yourself you change, when you challenge yourself in a team setting you change while laughing, smiling, and most importantly not feeling alone.

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Jess Martin

Jess grew up in Austin, Texas. Some of his favorite things include playing basketball and food prepping. Learn more about him HERE.

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