I'm sure, given the same circumstances on a different day, that things wouldn't have seemed so down as they did yesterday. There are so many millions of things to factor in to a bad - or good - day that to blame it just on the circumstances seems ridiculous. The weather, your mood in general, what you've been eating, how you've been sleeping, who you've been spending time with, what you've been dreaming, how much you've been drinking, how much you've been working, etc. etc. etc. all affect your general outlook at any given time. And so, when all of those are working "against" you (which is never really the case, of course), and you combine that with a potentially negative circumstance, your day takes a sudden nosedive.
Those are times when it's nice to have tools. My first tool yesterday was to remind myself over and over again that I wouldn't feel this way forever. I think that's something we all forget, whether we're prone to serious depression or just down days. Life moves in cycles, and nothing stays the same forever. When we feel down, it's good to remember that we won't feel that way forever. The fact that we forget that shows how ridiculous our self-talk has become in those moments.
Another thing to remember is that many things factored in to your feeling the way you feel and that it isn't all about you. That's a tough one, because whenever we feel down, we've moved into a place of absolutely knowing that the world revolves around us and everything that's happening is to make life miserable for us.
A friend told me recently, when I was feeling overwhelmed, to go outside and look at the sky - "it will give you a bigger perspective," she said. I did, and it worked. When you're feeling that way, do that. Go outside and look at the sky. Go outside and move. Movement gets your energy flowing, and the whole reason you're feeling the way you're feeling is because energy has become stuck. Look around you while you're outside, all the way around - up, down, everywhere. Life is bigger than you. It's bigger, and there's always a different perspective. You don't have to see it in the moment, but it's there.
Another thing that helped me yesterday was to remember to be good to myself. I didn't feel like eating, I preferred to feel sorry for myself, but I made myself eat anyway (and feel sorry for myself while I did it - but hey, I ate). I also remembered to drink enough water. And I went for a run. Those things at least kept my body feeling decent. You can't fuel your spirit if your body is depleted.
And finally, the most important tool of all was that I remembered to be compassionate with myself. I let myself feel what I was feeling. I had a good cry (okay, a few good cries) and let myself feel it. I yelled at the Universe and had my tantrum. Sometimes we need to do that. It's good, as long as it doesn't last forever.
Today is a new day. It feels good. Actually, it already felt good towards the end of the day yesterday.
Life is good, and I'm glad I know that. It's a journey, that's for sure, but I wouldn't give up its ups and downs for anything. It's what makes the ride worthwhile.