You set your alarm, you went to bed early, and yet you still slept in. PANIC. Racing around the bedroom trying to get washed, dressed, and ready to get out the door, you are all flustered by the time you get to work. This is not a great way to start the day.
Girls (and guys), having a bad hair day should not ruin your entire day. Everyone has a bad hair day once in a while, and who is paying that much attention to your hair that you need to worry so much about your appearance? Guys, if your hair is out of control one day, use gel; Girls, if you can’t seem to do anything with it, tie it up in a high ponytail then twist it into a bun, and remember, it is not the end of the world.
OK, this one does feel like it is the end of the world. We all know how excruciatingly painful it is when you stub your toe, so it’s hardly shocking that such a ’small’ mishap can ruin your day. I would say to you to try and remain calm when it happens, and give yourself a few minutes to recover before carrying on with your day, but let’s face it, until the pain disappears, you will be in no mood for niceties.
Still half asleep, you wander into the kitchen to pour yourself a bowl of your favourite cereal, you are just about to add the milk when smash!! the whole bottle drops, covering you and the floor. We all know how stale milk smells, so it is essential you clean it up there and then (making you late for work). The day seems like it’s ruined, but try to put it into perspective. Order breakfast at work instead that day. Then buy some more milk on your way back home so it’s ready for tomorrow morning.
You queue for your morning caffeine kick from Starbucks every day, same place, same time. You know how long it takes to get the coffee and reach your workplace and your morning is running like clockwork so far. Then someone boldly jumps in front of you in the queue. Not one to have an argument in public, you suffer in silence. Not only are you annoyed about the queue jumper, but you now have to wait even longer to get your coffee, your timing is all off, and now you will be late for work.
Road rage is a difficult thing to keep control of. But when faced with early morning road hogs and generally bad drivers, you need to keep your cool. You are on route to work and allowing your blood to boil over ignorant drivers will only set you in a tense and frustrated mood for the rest of the day.
There is nothing more depressing than expecting a nice day of sunshine, planning a summery outfit, and making plans for after work beer-garden drinks with friends, only to wake up and see it is lashing down with rain. The type of rain that soaks you right through within seconds! Weather is unpredictable at the best of times, and if you allow the weather to get you down, you will struggle when it comes to bigger problems in life! Keep a brolly in your bag and off you go!
There is nothing more irritating than having to put up with co-workers you don’t get along with. On some occasions you can ignore them, but there is always one that gets your heart racing and blood boiling first thing in the morning, before you have even made your first cup of tea. You need to maintain a calm exposure and not allow the co-worker to see that they have riled you up the wrong way (especially so early in the day). If they irritate the hell out of you, try your best to avoid them, and if that fails, just smile back, it will confuse the hell out of them!
You have a stressful day ahead of you so you decide to take some goodies to work to see you through the day. You store your favourite chocolate cake, some strawberries, and a soda drink in the communal kitchen for when you are ready to eat them, but when the time comes, they are gone! You start to lose the plot. It was your favorite foods after all! How can someone be so selfish? (No doubt it was the co-worker who annoyed you earlier as well!) Ok, there is no need to speculate and get yourself even more wound up. Just leave a short note where your goodies were stored, asking for the person who decided to eat your food to kindly reimburse you for the cost. Next time, keep your goodies on your desk away from the prying eyes of others.
You are not usually allowed to use your personal mobile phone during working hours, but that doesn’t stop most people. Forgetting your phone is like forgetting to brush your teeth in the morning - you always remember to do it usually, but when you don’t, you regret it for the entire day! Even if you are not expecting any calls or text messages, it is the ‘not knowing’ if you have texts or missed calls that keeps our mind wandering. Some people are so obsessed by their mobile phone that they actually feel panicky and quite ill at the thought of spending the day without it. Chill out, a day without your mobile will do you the world of good!
The only way to guarantee a productive day at work is to ensure that nothing spoils your morning. It could be a minor occurrence such as running out of your favourite cereal or being stuck in traffic on the way to work that puts you in a bad mood, but whatever the cause, if it ruins your mood, it’ll ruin your day.
It is important not to let the small things in life get you down or affect your focus at work; you need to see the bigger picture so that when small problems do arise, you can calmly resolve them without it having a knock on effect for the rest of the day.
The best employees are those who are focused, calm and collected. If you turn up at work in a foul mood and take it out on your co-workers, or worse, your boss, then you can guarantee that those around you will begin to distance themselves from you. If you are not liked by co-workers and management is getting fed up of your bad moods at work, then you know something needs to be done.
Best approach to take...
1. Don't allow yourself to be late getting ready in the morning. Always have your alarm set to give you ample time for a shower, breakfast and to beat the morning rush hour traffic. Also, get an early night the night before an important day at the office so you feel fresh as a daisy!
2. Eat a hearty breakfast. Do not limit yourself to quick coffee; this will not give you energy to keep you going until lunchtime.
3. Arrive at work 10 minutes early to give you time to make a cup of tea, relax, open your emails or even catch up on the morning news stories before the rest of your colleagues arrive and the busy day begins.
If, like many others, you find that even the smallest thing is affecting your mood for the day, you need to address this and try to put into perspective each 'bad' thing that happens to you. Is is really that awful? Or are you over-reacting? A bad hair day is not the end of the world.
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