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WORKPLACE / MAR. 12, 2015
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8 Ways to Get Through a Sh*t Day at Work

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There are some days when you’d love nothing more than to go home at lunchtime and curl up with a nice cuppa and a good film on Netflix. Because you just can’t be bothered with work. You’re tired, you’re stressed, somebody has pissed you off, your work is boring you – whatever your reason might be, here’s how to get through the crappiest of crappy days at work:

See also: 7 Great Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break in the UK

1. Have a nice lunch

Forget those sweaty ham sandwiches you brought with you; throw them straight in the bin, my friend, because nice food cheers most of us up when we’re feeling low. And I’m not talking about having some healthy, energy-boosting super salad. Pick up something that you’ll actually enjoy. A chicken wrap or a sausage roll does it for me... I enjoy the simple things in life.

2. Look at a cute/funny picture

Isn’t it weird how a picture of a miniature Yorkshire Terrier in a teacup can turn your day around? It’s a bit sad, really, but you can’t help it. Whatever your stimulus of choice might be, take a sneaky peak at your phone and find it; just don’t laugh or go ‘aww!’ too loudly.

3. Take a break

I’m not encouraging you to ditch your post and get fired, obviously. That would be stupid. But if you can take a break, take one when you need one. When your head’s mashed, go and get some fresh air, soak in some of the sun’s mood-boosting rays, and you’ll feel just fine.

4. Call someone

Call someone that has nothing to do with your workplace. Someone you can bitch to or someone that knows exactly what to say to make you smile. An even better idea would be to FaceTime someone; you know, a friendly face and all that.

5. Listen to some music

A good tune can give you a real boost. So, pop in your earphones while you’re working or while you’re walking into town to get yourself that nice lunch you’ve been waiting for. It goes without saying that you’ll want to listen to something uplifting – Damien Rice, Morrissey, etc. are banned.

6. Keep busy

I know what you’re thinking, I’m stressed to high heaven and you want me to work harder? The truth is, though, that the harder you work, the quicker the rubbish day will be over. So, get yourself engrossed in a task and, before you know it, you’ll be heading home with a smile on your face.

7. Think about something you’re looking forward to

It might not feel like it, but you do have a life outside of work (hopefully). Daydream about that beautiful beach you’ll be on in a month’s time or think about how you’re going to be dancing like a crazy person at a concert at the weekend.

8. Have a laugh

There’s always at least one person at work who is such a joker they should’ve really been a stand-up comedian. Seek out that person and giggle until your sides hurt.

At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is that you can choose your mood each day. So, brush off that dark cloud hanging over your head, and make sure you have a good one.

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