We’ve all been there… those days when nothing seems to go our way. No matter who you are, EVERYONE at some point has a bad day at work. In 2014/15, 440,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill. That’s 40% of all work-related illness… bleugh…
With that damning statistic in mind, here are a few tips to help you get over a bad day:
It’s always first on the list and for good reason. Exercise has been proven to combat stress through increased dopamine production (the feel good hormone) whist simultaneously reducing adrenaline and cortisol. Regular exercise provides improved health, better sleep, and more energy. Nothing will help you get over a bad day more than hitting the treadmill, lifting weights or punching a punch bag!
Tomorrow is another day
Shake it off, bad days pass and tomorrow is a new start. The worst thing you can do is dwell and over-analyse all of the things that have gone badly during the day. Tidying your desk, ordering your personal effects, and writing a plan for what you want to achieve the next day are all ways to subconsciously signal an end to the day and allow you to begin the following morning in a way that’s as stress-free as possible.
Rant about it
Ranting for 10 minutes to someone you feel comfortable with is a good way to offload all that pent up frustration. Holding it in will only make you feel worse but similarly, ranting too much can negatively impact those around you! Shake it off, vent it out and let it go but don’t be a Negative Nelly…
Take a breath
Sometimes it feels like the world is crashing down around your ears. Your project deadlines are late, you have a client who is never satisfied regardless of what you do, the trains are all cancelled and you got soaked by the rain on the way in. Take the time to take a step back, elevate yourself above the problems, take a few deep breaths to gain some perspective and evaluate the situation properly. Stress is an emotional reaction that creates physical symptoms. Controlling your brain will help control your body.
Nothing helps more than a bit of retail therapy or a well-deserved pampering session. Book in a manicure, get your hair done, buy something new to wear on the weekend, book some dinner in with friends. Doing something to make yourself feel special or booking something in to look forward to is a great way to get over a day from hell!
A good nights sleep will boost your energy, improve your mental state and ensure you’re more active the next day. You will wake up feelings refreshed and ready for the day ahead with the traumas of the previous day nothing but a fleeting memory.
If all else fails, laugh it off
Life’s too short to be perpetually under a black cloud and sometimes we all have those days where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. When you distil it down, sometimes laughing it off is really the only thing we have left… Given the choice, I’m sure you’d take laughing at your misfortune over quietly weeping in a toilet cubicle any day of the week!