Image: Before you reach for the wine, try these 5 bad day-thwarting techniques
Your eyes fly open and your heart rate jumps as you realise you’ve slept through your alarm. The next thirty minutes are a blur of showering, dressing and running out the door. Unsurprisingly, you spill coffee all over yourself in the rush and as a result, miss your bus.
By the time you arrive at the office – late – you’re completely frazzled and enter your computer password wrong three times. Great! Now you’re locked out of your computer and the office tech guy just happens to be on holiday. In Siberia.
At this point, most people would be tempted to run up the white flag and head back home to bed. But think about this: if you manage to achieve anything on a day like this, it’s going to feel like a major win, right?
So before you give up on this day (and any bad day really), first try hitting the reset button. Here’s how.
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1. Go for a walk
Nothing resets a frazzled mind faster than moving your body. And the easiest way to do this is to simply go for a walk. The beauty of walking is you can do it anytime and anywhere. If you’re in the office – head out the door and round the block. If you’re at home with the kids, throw them in the pram or on their bikes. If you’re at the airport and just missed your flight – don’t sit there steaming about it, walk to the far end of the terminal and back.
2. Earth yourself
If possible, take off your shoes and plant your feet on a natural surface (grass, sand, soil). Our planet has a natural charge and it’s been suggested that connecting with the earth in this way has a stress-relieving, calming effect on humans. I can certainly add my own ‘sample-size-of-one’ thumbs-up to this theory.
3. Brew a pot of tea
There is something very ritualistic and soothing about making tea in a pot as it forces you to slow down whether you like it or not. It will be tempting to reach for your phone or flip through the paper while the tea brews, but instead, just sit.