How to Turn a Bad Day Around – Right NOW!

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Into each life some rain must fall. ~ “The Rainy Day,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A little rain is one thing, but some days around the workplace, when it rains it pours – and you find yourself swimming against a flood of seemingly insurmountable problems and challenges. Don’t let the tide carry you away. Try these tips to help you make it through the storm and return to the sunny side of the street.

  • Put things in perspective by making a list of your problems and challenges. Collecting your thoughts on screen or on paper can make them seem less daunting and help you feel like you’re more in control.

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  • For some, it helps to do something constructive. Burn off extra energy that often accompanies work-related stress by cleaning and reorganizing your work area. Moving around helps get your mind off whatever is bothering you, plus the added benefit of a clean workplace will have a calming effect.
  • Sometimes, the best thing to do is to walk away. Not for good, of course, but as your situation allows, go for a walk alone or with a coworker; but don’t dwell on your troubles. Focus on enjoying the fresh air and taking in your surroundings.
  • Remember Robert Fulgham’s advice that everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten. People are people, and the kids you dealt with on the playground aren’t much different from your coworkers. But the basic childhood lessons you learned still apply. Be kind, share your stuff, and offer to help someone else who’s in a jam. It just makes you feel better

So incorporate one tip into your day.. Then ask yourself: “Do I feel better today because I made one small change”?

Wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do… and that includes your workplace.

If all else fails, some experts suggest that there’s no such thing as a bad day. Author Peter J. Bentley, PhD, explains in an interview with Popular Science: “… there is absolutely no such thing as a bad day in reality. A bad day only exists in our interpretation of reality.”

This was just the start of our conversation about creating a great day at work, and there is plenty more that we want to share with you.  It sounds simple, but remarkably few people actually know how to do it.  We would love to hear your tips on how you turn your bad days to more good days.

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