Like it or not, there will be some days where nothing seems to go your way at work, which could ruin your entire mood and affects your productivity. Don’t let yourself be controlled by what’s happening; instead, hack your way through a bad day at work with these simple and easy yet effective tips:
1. Get some sunlight
You spend hours daily in an office building exposed to fluorescent light, depriving you of the sun which could in turn make you vitamin D deficient. There are so many benefits to getting a good dose of sunlight, among them include keeping your bones healthy; protecting you against breast, prostate and other cancers; controlling your weight, and making you easier to fall asleep at night.
Still, you need only about 15 minutes of sun a day to get adequate vitamin D if you are fair skinned — and more if you have darker skin, since melanin, which makes skin darker, makes it harder for your body to take advantage of the sun’s rays. If you are covered up or wearing sunscreen for those 15 minutes, you also won’t produce enough vitamin D.
2. Walk barefoot in the grass
We’d all have pent-up energy at some point, so why not channel them through earth? Grounding is the practice of exposing yourself to the ground, usually with your bare feet to help stimulate energy, improve immune function, and boost happiness. The theory states that the earth’s magnetic field can lower stress hormones. Find a grassy space and walk through it for several minutes during your break.
3. Limit yourself on social media
We’ve talked about this many times, spending too much time on social media could only lead you to obsessive comparison disorder (OCD) and fear of missing out (FOMO). Instead of feeling inadequate, getting depressed and envious of how other people live their lives, monitor how much time you spend on social media. Only check them out at work if you really have to. Also, remember this: everyone cherry picks what they’d like the world to see. Who knows, behind all those fancy trips and whatnots, lies an unhappy person going through awful things you’d be glad it wasn’t you.
4. Watch funny or motivational videos
If you’re truly stuck at work, spend some time to take a break and watch funny or motivational videos on YouTube to cheer yourself back up, and elevate your mood. In a study performed at the University of Western Ontario, participants who listened to an upbeat piece of music and watched a funny YouTube video were more productive and better able to solve problems than groups who listened to depressing music and video clips.
5. Do light exercises at your desk
Good news if you can’t go to the gym: even a five-minute routine that you can do right next to your desk can do the trick of exercising. Perform a simple routine of light squats, push-ups, and easy stretches; it stimulates happy hormone production, increases blood flow, and boosts your mood.
6. Journal your thoughts
Journaling is a great way to release stress and anxiety since it helps you get things off your chest in a safe way.Write in a journal exactly what’s bothering you and how you’re feeling about it. Then write a few things that you are grateful for. This will help bring you into a positive frame of mind, which will help get you out of your slump.
7. Pet a cat or dog
Petting an animal can dramatically improve your mood. It can have such positive effects that behavioural therapists use animals to help with healing—with equine therapy, for example. If you don’t own any, just look out for the one wandering around your office (make sure they’re not sick, and always keep your hands clean afterwards)!
8. Take a 5 or 10 minute walk
Did you know that walking could boost your creativity, among other things? Besides, it’s a gentle, low-impact form of exercise that’s easy, free and suitable for people of all ages and most abilities. It strengthens your heart; lowers disease risk; keeps weight in check,;helps to prevent dementia and osteoporosis; tones your legs, bums and tummy; boosts your vitamin D levels; gives you energy and basically improves your mood.
9. Do some deep breathing
Your brain needs oxygen to function properly. Also, deep breathing has a naturally therapeutic, stress-reducing quality that can help you quell the rush of stress hormones that a bad day can bring about.
10. Listen to great music
Studies have shown that listening to music you like can alter your mood and even alleviate depression. Make your own playlist that makes you feel good and upbeat!
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