Okay. So maybe you lost your cool. Some days are just so frustrating that you may just want to quit. It seems as though the farther you think you’re ahead, the more behind you really are. How can you pull yourself out of this rut, so you don’t quit? Instead of saying something you can’t erase or doing something you’ll later regret, let’s find some quick fixes for a bad mood and gloomy perspective.
Take a Belly Breath
We don’t tend to breathe very deeply. By taking a moment to take a deep breath from your abdomen rather than from your chest, you can relax and release tension. It’s as simple as sitting in a chair with your knees bent. Place one hand on your chest and the other one on your belly. Breathe in through your nose until your stomach expands, moving your hand with it. The hand on your chest should not move much at all. Now breathe out through your mouth with your lips like they want to whistle. The hand on your chest still should not move much. That’s all there is to it. Take it nice and slowly, breathing deeply. Do this 5 to 10 times. Use your breath to say something that works better.
Take a Walk
After your breathing exercise is done, get up. Sometimes just getting out of wherever you work, you can see things with a different perspective. Moving around helps, because let’s face it – sometimes we spend way too much time sitting. Walk briskly so that your heart works a little more. Look around and get your mind off whatever triggered your mood. Allow your breath to quicken, helping things along by breathing more deeply. You’ll be surprised, but just a 10-minute walk can improve your way of thinking. Use your feet to take you to the right path.
Take a Look
Now that you’ve refreshed yourself with some breathing and walking, it’s time to start a list. On one side of the list, write down what you’ve accomplished, what has gone well. On the other side of the list, write down what needs more work and how that can be tackled. Sketch out any roadblocks you might find in your way. Figure out solutions to any of the problems. Write briefly, since this list is for your eyes only and you know the rest of the details. Check-mark the one solution you will tackle first. Give yourself a timeline and start working on this right away. Use your list to take the emotion out of reflection.
We all have those days when we wish we hadn’t gotten out of bed. One thing just leads to another until there’s a pretty sizable mess on our hands. Using these tips, you can turn things around. Figure out what you can change on your own to make things better.
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