Sometimes the worst parts of your day will drag you down. When you experience horrible day after horrible day, it may seem like there’s no way it’ll get better. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
The simplest of tricks can help you cope with anything terrible that comes your way, along with building up a positive mindset that can keep you resilient throughout the worst parts of your day. Here are some of them down below.
I don’t know many people who like their daily commute. It’s often crowded, long and drawn out. It can feel like you waste a lot of time just by being there. But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are plenty of things you can do.
For example: I know as a student commuting it allows me to catch up on lectures or readings I’ve missed.
Or if you want something more relaxing, doing some mindfulness techniques can kickstart your day. Mindfulness doesn’t necessarily mean sitting cross-legged on the floor with your eyes closed; it’s actually pretty easy to do it anywhere and at any time.
One technique you can use is the body scan, where you focus on each part of your body and note the sensation or lack of sensation.
Even making a playlist of your favourite songs and listening to them while on your commute can make it a bit more fun. The same can be said for driving to work. A good playlist or podcast can keep you occupied when you’re stuck in traffic.
When you’re at work/school
Both work and school tend to grind you down, but there are a few simple things you can do to help ease the tension:
Step back and take a breath:
Whenever you have a break, you should take a step outside to get some fresh air.
Even if you can’t do it on your break, there’s no reason to worry! You can do it whenever you like, making it a rather good strategy to use if you need to feel better right now.
You’ve probably heard how good deep breaths are for relaxation plenty of times before, but it truly helps if you do it correctly.
Take long deep breaths, five seconds in, hold it for two and then seven seconds out.
Repeating this for only a few minutes will allow you some time for your mind to settle, and will also contribute to your overall well-being.
Talk to a loved one:
If you’re having an especially bad day, then you can take the time during your break to talk to your loved ones over the phone, whether it be a family member or your best friend.
If one of your coworkers or fellow classmate happens to be a close friend of yours, then that only makes it easier for you. Either way, you can take this as an opportunity to express your woes or have a laugh.
Do something kind:
Even though you’re busy with work, you can still take some time out of your day to do something kind for someone else.
Perhaps you can listen to your friend’s problems, or pay for your coworkers’ lunch. It can be as small as opening the door for someone.
When you don’t expect anything in return for doing such acts, it can really brighten up your day!
Do something you love:
Whenever you get the chance, go ahead and indulge yourself a little bit. Whether it be going on social media, or packing yourself something you like to eat, it can literally be anything.
It’s always good to treat other people with kindness, but you should also take care of yourself as well. With all the work that you have to do, you might find that self-care is at the bottom of your priority list, even thought it’s equally, if not more, important than your work and academic endeavours.
It’s best that you plan what you’d like to do the day before, so you have something to look forward to the next day.
Go for a walk:
When you have a break, take a walk outdoors, even if it’s just around the premises. Even doing something this light can release endorphins, also known as the ‘happy’ hormone.
It also exposes you to nature and fresh air. This is also an excellent time to practice your mindfulness skills, considering that nature possesses a lot of beauty.
Take a look at a tree, for example. What colours can you see? How tall is it? How wide? Can you hear the leaves rustling? Is sunlight filtering through the branches?
Taking the time out from your day to pause and take in the moment can make your day all the more better.
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