There are umpteen reasons to have a bad day at work. Maybe you spilled your favorite steaming cup of coffee on your desk effectively ruining your day’s work. Or maybe something a little less tragic. It could be something as trivial as having a scuffle with someone during traffic, or just waking up on the wrong side of the bed.
Whatever the reason might be, we have got ways to turn that frown upside down.
- Sing at the top of your voice
There are enough research material to suggest that listening to and crooning along with your favourite song can lift up the blues in a jiffy. Even depression can be alleviated.Make a playlist under the title “Mood uplifter” or whatever works for you and add all the positive songs that race up your heartbeat and rushes adrenaline up your spine. Songs from artists like Avicci works wonder for turbulent moods.
- Pamper yourself with a hot shower
Drench yourself with a warm shower works wonder for tired and fatigued body and alleviates stress. It makes you feel relieved and at peace and gives you time to contemplate what went wrong with today. Take an alternate hot and cold shower and rejuvenate circulation in your body.Start with a warm shower and then slowly turn the temperature of the water as cold as you can stand for 20 seconds. Then bring the temperature back up again. Alternate this cycle for 3−5 minutes to start until you can slowly start to tolerate longer durations.
- Watch something funny over the internet
Study by University of Western Ontario has shown that people who watched something funny over the Internet were more productive than those who watched something that was depressing.Although your boss might not be convinced to let you watch funny cat videos on YouTube.Tune into something objectively funny and feel your day get better by a long shot.
- Interact with Animals
Try Petting a cute litter of puppies and you’ll feel the positive energy flow inside you. Their cuteness will make you go awww J. Although owning a pet is known to improve self-esteem and well-being, you don’t necessarily have to have one to get the benefits. Equine therapy is a scientifically proven way to improve happiness quotient. By animals though, we mean dogs, cats and hamsters and not huge ones like Giraffe or elephants.Chances are that someone in your building has a pet whom you can play with (with the owner’s permission of course!). Or you can go to animal shelters and volunteer. Those animals could do with some benevolent company.
- Hug your loved ones
Human touch as a form of therapy is underrated but is catching on among people. They are often employed as therapeutic touch to heal and help patients recover after a surgery in hospitals. Hence, don’t shy away from sharing such intimate moments with your partner, close friend or family members. Just hug it out!
- Practice deep breathing.
You might be feeling a rush of stress hormones that are ruining your day. Deep breathing has proven to be stress-reducing activity that can shut out all the negative energy you might be experiencing. Take a few moments to close your eyes. Practice inhaling deeply through your nose for a two-second count, pausing for two seconds, and then exhaling for another two seconds. This will help stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, thus quieting down your stress response.
- Maintain a journal to write down what’s bothering you
Journaling helps you to get things off your chest and provide an outlet for all the repressed thoughts in your mind. You reveal your innermost secrets to a safe haven that is immune to trespassing of any other person. Just writing it all down will make you feel a lot better about yourself even if nobody actually reads any of it. Start by writing whatever is bothering you and how you feel about it. Then write a few positive things that you’re grateful . It will give a positive spin to the troubled state of your mind and soothe all the irritated muscles of your brain to bring a sense of cathartic bliss. You can also ponder on what you did wrong and what you can do to make it right.
- Indulge in a light workout session
We understand that moving any fibre of your body is the last thing you want to do. But activities like light jogging, cycling or skipping ropes will help stimulate blood flow and the release of endorphins, the well-known “feel good” hormone.You don’t necessarily have to walk a marathon to feel the benefits; just go for a short walk and observe your surrounding to take the edge off your day. It is especially helpful if you walk in an area with lush green trees.Perform a simple routine of light squats, push-ups, and easy stretches. This not only gets you out of the chair, it also stimulates happy hormone production, increases blood flow, and boosts your mood.
- Detoxify yourself by logging out of various social media accounts
Social media has been instrumental in bringing you closer to far-off relatives, acquaintances and friends but it has had some negative repercussions too. Many studies correlate the higher time spent in checking social media accounts with spike in levels of depression among people because they make unhealthy comparisons to others, create a sense of inadequacy and despair and doubt. Categorically limit the time spent on checking Facebook and Instagram. At work, check them only if it is absolutely necessary. Keep in mind that what people choose to show on their social media feed is a shallow and highly inflated high-points of their life. They all have a murky underbelly that they refuse to put on open display for everyone else to see. Don’t obsess over others.
- Walk barefoot on the grass
Walking on dew-laden grass can be cathartic experience to say the least. You maybe working a desk job from 9 to 5 and don’t find much exposure to the elements of nature at all, except for staring at the default screensaver of Windows 7. Go to a nearby park and just take in the whole atmosphere. 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.