6 tricks to survive a bad day in the office
Monday, June 15, 2015
We all have rough days on the job from time to time. Let's imagine there's a scale from 0-10 — zero being the calmest, most productive employee you can be, and 10 being a haphazard mess full of anger and stress who is barely able to complete a task — and you feel yourself running at a strong 7.5 today.
To say you've had a bad day would be an understatement. However, it is time to put a plan into place to stop this destruction train in its path or, needless to say, bad things are going to happen.
Full disclosure: I am not an expert at making people happy, nor am I someone who is in the "light and love" mood 100 percent of the time. I am, however, a strong believer in making a solid effort to find something positive in every situation.
Is that possible all of the time? No way. Is it worth looking for? Absolutely. So, here are my nonscientifically-proven strategies to help you survive a bad day in the office
1. Take a lap
When you start feeling a little hot under the collar, change your viewpoint — literally. Get up and get away from your desk, or leave your office completely. Go outside and take a quick lap around the building, or hit up a local park to walk off some of the tension you're feeling.
Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria, so why not give it a shot? If that isn't a good enough reason for you to get up and get moving, check out some scientifically proven evidence that exercise reduces high blood pressure as well as symptoms of depression and anxiety.
2. Rock out to your jam
You know the one. Actually, you may know the two or three songs that will get you in a better mood. The one that encourages you to stick it to the man. The one that takes you back to your carefree childhood days. Or the one that mellows you out, helps you breathe and gets you back to zero.
Whatever your poison, put on those headphones, crank up the volume and get your jam on. Three minutes of the right music could possibly just turn your day right around.
3. Write an angry email
This sounds crazy and dumb, right? Like you're begging to get fired. Well, let me clarify.
I'm not saying write an email telling off that one colleague or client you've always wanted give a piece of your mind. I'm suggesting writing all of the horrible things you feel and want to scream from the rooftop, and actually sending it to yourself.
The trick is seeing the subject line in your inbox and immediately deleting it. You got it out. You sent it away. You deleted it. It's gone. Move on.
4. Have a laugh
Ask your co-workers/friends for their best dumb joke or have a killer pun exchange. One joke that always gets me, no matter how many times I hear it: "What do you call an alligator wearing a vest? … An investigator!" And boom! You are rolling on the floor in hilarity.
As dumb as the simple joke is, it sure beats being angry over an even more tedious work mishap. Every day can't always be a good one, but channeling third-grade humor has a silly way of turning that frown upside down.
5. Take an angry selfie
Square up the camera. Get the angle perfect. Make the angriest face you can conjure up. Snap that shot.
If you can do this in front of your co-workers without thinking you look like a complete fool and busting out laughing, you may be a lost cause. Stop reading, go punch the coke machine, get your verbal warning and get back to work.
6. Be quiet
Yeah you read that right: Shut your trap. Stop yelling at your computer screen, pounding your keyboard and grunting with every move. The world gets it — it already knows it's out to get you.
Instead of flipping out and letting a negative situation get the best of you, show it who is boss by playing it cool with a little old-fashioned quiet game. As they say, "Silence is golden."
Do yourself a favor. Find a quiet place. Breathe. Relax. Hone. Count your blessings. Align your chakras. Do whatever it takes to get you back to zero.
After reading this article, if you still don't feel like you can make it through the day without a physical or verbal altercation with your colleague or client, then I suggest taking a few days of PTO and hitting up a beach somewhere. Nothing says relaxation like the sound of ocean waves, the feel of sand between your toes and an ice-cold beverage in your hand.
The bottom line is this: Make an effort to make things better before ultimately giving in to a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
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