We’ve all been there. Running late for work, got stuck in traffic and the delivery man called to let you know your mattress delivery is moved until next Friday.
Instead of letting these unfortunate events set a gloomy tone for your day, try a few of these tips to escape the stress and turn your day around.
- Get Outside
Even if it’s windy or overcast, go for a walk to clear your mind. Leave your phone and your favourite podcast at home, and let this short walk be a ‘walking meditation’—listen to the sound of the wind, notice the leaves swaying and feel the breeze brushing your skin.
- Do Some Small, Achievable Tasks
When it seems impossible to get things done, so something that’s attainable such as washing the dishes, watering the plants, or cooking an easy meal. Even if you haven’t finished yet that project or your report, you’ll feel productive and motivated to take on more tasks.
- Take a Power Nap
Naps are a great way to turn around a bad day. Not only do they make you feel re-energized, but they also let you swipe the slate clean. Get yourself comfortable, close your eyes and let everything go for the next 20 minutes. When you wake up, you’ll feel refreshed, re-energized and ready to face the rest of the day.
- Hop In the Shower
While standing in the shower, imagine the water washing and draining away all the negative energy. If you can take it, make the water much colder for the last two minutes. You will feel more refreshed and energized when you get out of the shower.
Spend a few minutes to close your eyes and just concentrate on your breathing. Feel the tension of your body slowly melting away and let your thoughts and worries go. Once you feel you’re body has let go of the negative vibe, take some proactive steps to rebound. It’s easier to gain new perspective when you’re not drowned in strong emotions.
- Treat Yourself
Whether it’s a piece of rich chocolate or a cup of green tea, treat yourself to a little luxury. It easily lifts your mood to eat something you like. If you’re having a chocolate, let it melt in your mouth. Revel and enjoy it while it lasts. When all of it has finally melted away, you’ll breathe deeper and then your mood suddenly shifts. The same effect works with any indulgences you enjoy.
Now, do you feel better? If doing one of these tricks doesn’t lift your spirit, you can try another one. You’re always free to try one or all of these at once. And remember, it’s your day; don’t let anyone ruin your happiness.