Ups and downs seem, for the most part, to be a naturally occurring part of human existence.


But what can you do about it? How can you avoid having your day ruined by ‘down times’?


Here are 4 ways to start.


1… Focus on the ‘here and now’ instead of on the past or future

Are you worried about tomorrow? Are you still agonizing over what happened yesterday? Ironically, these things can ruin our day faster than anything else. And yet, we worry about tomorrow despite the fact that tomorrow is not even here yet, and we worry about yesterday despite the fact that it is over and done with.


One of my favorite quotes is actually from the movie Kung Fu Panda. It has this to say about the past, present, and future.


There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present."


2… Count the good things that you have in life

You might be having a tough day at work or facing problems with friends or family, but the truth is that we all have a lot of good aspects to our lives that we tend to forget when we get down. Try making a mental list of all of the good things in your life. This kind of intentional thankfulness has a way of making almost anyone feel better.


3… Remember that things could always be worse

This is pretty straightforward. I hate to say it, but there are a lot of people in the world who have bigger problems than you or I may ever face. Always try to be thankful that your current problems are not bigger and worse.


4…  Forgive yourself

Sometimes the worst part about a bad day is how it makes us feel. Having your car break down is one thing—that happens to everyone. But it can be easy to beat yourself up over it, especially if you don’t have enough money to get it fixed or if you ended up missing an appointment because of it.


Try to remember to forgive yourself when things go wrong. If you faced a setback, just sit back and remember that tomorrow is another day, and that the world will most likely be there to give you another chance when you wake up in the morning.