7 ways to reset when you're having a bad day.
7 ways to reset when you're having a bad day.
I'm sure we all know exactly what we mean when we talk abotu those days when absolutely nothing seems to be going your way. Your train is delayed or cancelled. You finally get to work and a client has thrown a major spanner in the works of an important project that is already time pressured. Your boss calls a meeting and you find out something has been done wrong and you need to fix it... today. Your phone won't stop ringing off the hook and to top it all off, you've had a massive argument with your partner that is stressing you out even more.
Bad days happen and we all have them, but it's important to remember that it's simply just that - a bad day. It's important to also realise that we have the power to turn things around, too. A bad morning doesn't have to transpire into a bad afternoon, and a bad afternoon doesn't have to mean that you write your whole evening off.
So, if you've had a bad morning or few hours, here are a few little tricks to help you reset and have a much better rest of the day!
Take 15 minutes & get some fresh air.
Fresh air can work wonders to calm yourself down a little and clear your head ready to start again with a fresh mindset. If you've been sat at your desk or stuck in the office all day, this will also help by removing yourself from the environment or situation for a few minutes - which again, will assist you in resetting your mindset away from the things that are causing you to feel stressed.
Whether it's simply a chocolate bar, a shop-bought coffee, or what the hell, a new handbag you buy at lunch - treat yourself to a little luxury indulgence to make yourself feel good again and that you know you're going to enjoy. Use it as a little promise to yourself that afterwards, you'll go back to your desk with a fresh outlook, and put all of the morning troubles away and start again. A little self-bribery always helps to get stuff done!
Chat it out with a colleague.
If you're having a bad day, grab your work-wife or someone you trust and can talk to, and drag them for lunch or a coffee and vent your troubles away until you feel better. It always feels so much more manageable when you chat it out with another person - and you never know - they may even be able to help or offer solutions to some of your problems. A problem shared is a problem halved and all that, so make the most of your team and colleagues that you have around you.
Or, write it down.
If you don't feel like you can talk to anyone in the office, trying writing down everything that is causing your day to be not-so-great. It's always better to get things out, and the action of writing out your troubles onto paper can help to free them from constantly whizzing round in your head. Write down what is stressing you out, and then follow that by writing out what you're going to do to fix it, or how you're going to talk to your boss about it to ensure that the problem does get fixed and doesn't continue to loom over your head. You'll quickly be drawing up an action plan and you'll instantly feel more in control!
Then, write out some good things.
Spend 10 minutes focusing on what's actually been good about your day. Did you treat yourself like we mentioned before? Were you able to read your book on your way to work this morning? Did you have a lovely conversation with a colleague in the kitchen? What tasks have you achieved and completed today? Taking some time to stop thinking about the negatives and focus on the positive and good things that have happened today instead, can really help to shift your negative outlook and clear up the rest of your day.
Exercise if you can.
If you're lucky enough to work close to a park or by your gym, try leaving the office and doing some exercise at lunch. It could be a quick jog or swim, or a full on gym-session in your lunch hour, but the exercise and the endorphins you'll get from a quick burst will make you feel instantly better!
Plan the rest of your day & set achievable goals.
Just because your morning has been crap, doesn't mean your afternoon has to be too. Plan out the rest of your day with a to-do list and little achievable goals that you know you can complete by the time you go home. This is just a little way of taking back control and letting your mind know that you have, in fact, got this. Then, when you get home, re-pack your bag for tomorrow and plan what you're going to wear in the morning to ensure that tomorrow is a brand new day, and you can start off in the best way possible!