By: Krista Hannesen
In these times, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, frustrated and just plain stressed out. Most people are going through a daily emotional roller coaster, and that's perfectly natural. But what do you do when you're feeling blue (is that a song lyric?) but still need to get work done? In this article I thought I'd share with you my tips that I use to turn bad days into good ones, and continue on with my work day.
Clean up your workspace
I’m the first to admit that keeping a tidy desk is not one of my strong points. But having a tidy desk with only a few things on it can help clear your head, and help you focus on what you need to do today. Studies show that having a clear workspace lessens anxiety and promotes calmness. Only having the essentials on your desk will help you to focus on your work instead of getting distracted with little nick-nacks. Even if you dump everything you don’t need into a drawer or basket, clear your space and clear your mind.
Blast some positive music
Music makes everything better. Get up, put on some uplifting, up-tempo music right now! Dance around your office! Positive music is uplifting for the soul and is proven to brighten your mood and day. Dancing will also get your heart pumping which will rejuvenate you for the rest of the day. I've included one of my favourite uplifting songs. It always makes my day better, 'cause I can't help but smile when I hear it! Find a go-to song that will always make you feel good, and play it whenever needed. Having a go-to song will trigger your brain to associate the song with happy thoughts.
Say a positive affirmation to yourself
Customize it to whatever you are accomplishing that day. A simple “I am strong. I can handle anything that comes my way” or “writing comes easily to me. Words flow through me right when I need them” can be enough you give you the confidence to keep going.
A walk is great, but even stepping onto your porch and taking a few deep breaths is enough to take you out of routine and give you a fresh perspective. Because we are spending a lot of time in the house, every day can start to feel the same. Breaking up the monotony can you feel refreshed and ready to get back to work.
Right now! Since many of us are working from home these days, there is a pretty good chance that you’ve been sitting all day. Which, believe, me – I get it! But the problem with that it’s easier for our muscles to get stiff, and the added stress of this time can make our shoulders tense and our necks hurt. Wherever you are, stand up, take a deep breath, and roll your shoulders, and your neck. Reach down to your toes, reach up to the sky, and wiggle your fingers and toes. This will get your blood circulating better, it will make you feel more awake, and hopefully it will also ease a bit of your aches and pains too.
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