Feb 21, 2017 11:18 AM EST

How To Turn A Bad Day At Work Around

Have you ever had a day at the office when everything—and everyone—seems to annoy you? Maybe it started when you spilled your morning coffee, or you got stuck in traffic, or a person bumped into you on the way to work and didn’t even apologize.

Whatever it is, you don’t have to let one mishap ruin your entire day. If you find that things are starting to get worse, here are some ways on how to turn a bad day at work around.


Instead of getting worked up over every little thing, stop and take some time to relax. Take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that one bad event shouldn’t dictate how the rest of your day goes.

You could also indulge in a bit of aromatherapy at your office desk to help you clear your mind. To do this, simply put a few drops of a calming essential oil such as vetiver, bergamot, or chamomile on your palm, rub your hands together, then cup your hands over your nose and breath in.

Watch a funny or inspirational video

You can go on YouTube and a watch a 5-minute TED Talk or a funny video. It can be anything, like cats or videos of babies laughing hysterically at the most mundane things. Just make sure that what you’re watching is safe for work.

Take a walk

Being all cooped up in the office can make you feel even more irritable, so during your lunch hour, go ahead and take a walk around the block. For a change of scenery, opt to have lunch outdoors rather than at your desk.

Talk to a friend

Call a friend who has a knack for cheering you up. Having someone who cares enough to make your day better is priceless.

Make a list of things that you’re grateful for

Though bad things happened to you earlier, that doesn’t mean that you’re short on luck or blessings today. Make a list of things that you’re grateful for, and when you list all the things that are going right, you’ll see that you have more than enough reasons to turn your bad day into a good one.

For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s report on ways to stay motivated between jobs.

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