How to Handle a Bad Day4 min read

Ever had a bad day?

As if the answer isn’t obvious! Of course, you have. If you’ve never had a bad day, there’s a good chance that you’re nonexistent.

Everyone has their ups and downs, but what happens when the downs start to get to you? It’s essential to take stock of how good you already have it and what you can do to get back on track.

Today we’ll be bringing you a couple of different scenarios–all with differing levels of well-this-sucks–and how to navigate them the most efficiently.

Someone Was Rude to You in Traffic

Ugh, road rage. Some people gravitate towards this type of expression, and some shy away from it completely. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, chances are it leaves you feeling bad. Granted, it’s a pretty standard thing considering human interaction isn’t always a pleasant activity, but it can put a dent in an otherwise lovely day. Road rage might hurt if you’re more on the sensitive side, so it’s crucial to put it in perspective as soon as possible.

What can you do if road rage has got you feeling down?

Well, keep in mind that aggression on the road can be fatal, which is an excellent incentive to keep your cool in the future. If the physical aspect of the road rage has got you spooked, then consider that the best way to handle road rage in the heat of the moment is to stay calm and alert.

But if it’s people’s insensitivity that’s got you feeling blue, put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Everyone is fighting their own battle, and sometimes we treat others in ways we would like to forget. Understand that the other person’s reaction is rarely a reflection of you and your character but the other person, their issues, and their current situation.

When in doubt, be kind and give the benefit of the doubt.

You Were Late for Work

Don’t you hate it when traffic makes you fashionably late for work? This one can vary in seriousness depending on your company culture and, well, the number of times you’ve been late to work before. Ideally, that number should be zero, but hey: we all have bad days!

So how do you handle this thorny situation without looking incompetent?

It’s best to call ahead if possible. Let’s say you’re stuck in a jam and know how late you’ll be to work; call and inform your workmates ahead of time, so they know you’re taking responsibility for the situation but also ultimately communicating that it’s out of your hands.

As we previously mentioned, sometimes being late to work isn’t that big of a deal. It is mostly dependent on the social environment in your office, but sometimes it depends on what’s on the agenda for the day. If there’s not much going on, then you may be in the clear with a frank, candid explanation. If your lateness has more severe consequences, such as a lost client, then a more formal apology letter or email is best. This action will convey your understanding of how the significance of your actions has adversely affected the company.

In these situations, honesty and humility are the best policies.

You Were Involved in a Car Accident

You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s had a good day with a car accident involved. Whether you were in the car, in the other car, or not in any car at all, a car accident is emotionally jarring if not downright traumatizing.

Things can get even more complicated once insurance providers enter the picture. Seeing as car insurance quotes are calculated based on driving history, coverage history, location, car model and year, and how much you drive, the real cost of things can become a headache very quickly.

There is hope, however. Before making any phone calls to any insurance companies, check-in with yourself. Are you safe? Have you sustained any injuries? Where are you emotionally? Once you get your bearings, then give a quick call or text message to loved ones to let them know what’s happening and that you’re safe.

And after that, if your car is busted up, check out more information on getting a temporary rental car at Compass First. If you were in a two-car car accident that wasn’t your fault, Compass would help you get a temporary rental vehicle–all paid for by the insurer of the at-fault driver. Call Compass today to get more information!

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