There are things you can do to salvage a bad day — many of them only take a minute or two. Learn how to be happy at work even when times are tough.
6. GO OUTSIDE
Get outside your office, even briefly, so you can reset. This is most effective if you can spend that time in nature, but if you’re not working from home in a rural area or working in an office near a park, just leaving the building can help. Get some sun on your face. Take a couple of deep breaths. Look at something that’s farther away than your computer screen. Be in your body for a minute, instead of locked into your mind.
7. DRINK SOME WATER
Staying hydrated helps maintain your body temperature, lubricate your joints and keep your skin healthy. It might also reduce stress.
Staying in a good hydrated status can keep your stress levels down. When you don’t give your body the fluids it needs, you’re putting stress on it, and it’s going to respond to that. It is also a good way to take a break that doesn’t involve loading up on coffee or sugary snacks.
8. EXERCISE AT YOUR DESK
Exercise is good for your mental health as well as your physical fitness. Adults are advised to perform 75 minutes of aerobic activity per week, plus two sessions of strength training.
If you work way too much to even consider fitting that into your schedule, don’t despair. You can take a fitness break by stretching at your desk, swapping the elevator for the stairs, etc. It might not be training for a marathon, but it’ll help you clear your head.
9. WORK IN A DIFFERENT LOCATION
Ninety-three percent of workers say they’re more productive working outside the office. If you can not relocate to a coffee shop for the afternoon, see if you can move your work to another spot in the office — a conference room, an empty office, a break room. A change of scenery might help you reboot your brain.
Bad things happen. Bad days happen because of our reaction to those bad things. Meditation can help you stop the cycle. It helps boost cognitive functioning and supports happiness and better decision-making — all things that can turn a bad day into a better one.