Bad Day Blues

3542944126_e4e8b11ffd_oSometimes we know it’s coming, other times we just get hit over the head with the realization that we’re having a bad day. Maybe you forgot to take out the trash and you hear the truck at 5:45 am and you’re still in bed. It could be anything that sets you off.

And have you noticed that once you have one thing go wrong, it seems that the Bad Day Blues have you in its cross-hairs. So if you ask, “Can this get any worse?” be prepared for a positive answer. Why is that?

Usually what we focus on, tends to come about.

While there are many reasons to have a bad day, how you handle your first bad day experience can affect how the rest of the day goes.

The first thing to realize is that having a bad day is usually the result of you being in a bad mood. You’ve heard the term “woke up on the wrong side of the bed,” and while some people feel this gives them permission to be grumpy on their bad days, the opposite is actually true.

The instant you find yourself being grumpy, face it. Say, “I’m acting like a grump.” Own it. Be it. But whatever you do, don’t take it out on anyone else. Your bad day is your own business, you don’t need to share it with others by taking your bad mood out on them.

Whenever possible, remove yourself from the situation that sparked the bad mood that looks like it’s turning into a bad day. If it is at home, then on the way to work look for anything positive and make sure to note it. Just looking for something positive can change the way you see the world. If you’re at work, go out for a walk, or even a quick jog around the building if you can do it in your work clothes. Exercise always charges you up, gets your blood pumping, releases endorphins, and if you let it, you’ll feel much better afterward.

Listen to music that makes you feel happy. If you’ve recently broken up, don’t listen to songs about people breaking up. You’re just adding negative to negative. Listen to music that makes you want to move, to dance. Music has often been used to alter the moods of people, use it to your advantage.

Remember, a bad day once in a while is perfectly normal. Just set the intention before you go to bed that your next day will be ever so much better.

Photo Credit : Today is a bad day from Paul Downey via Flickr

Monday, Monday

6787671465_b6497b50b7_zThe moan on Sunday night is, “I can’t believe tomorrow is already Monday!”

The weekend started out really great as soon as you got home from work on Friday afternoon and you had a fabulous time. Until you realized that in a few short hours you will be waking up and heading back in to work. Here are some ideas on how to make you dread Mondays a little less:

Have Some Fun – The Australian company Marmite did a study that found that if you engaged in an activity that you enjoyed, you would dread heading back to work on Monday. Even something as simple as watching television was considered a cure for the Monday blues. So was having sex, shopping, eating chocolate, or planning a holiday. Any of these activities boost your emotions and might help.

Meet With Your Team – A clinical psychologist, Alex Gardner, said that we need to reconnect with our team after time away from work. This includes a short weekend. Have a cup of coffee together before beginning your work week. You may be surprised to find that everyone is more productive throughout the day than people who just charged to their desks and immediately got to business.

Check the Drinking. Using alcohol as a weekend celebration is fine as long as it doesn’t interfere with your ability to reset on Monday. Alcohol is a depressant. One of the things that alcohol interferes with is our serotonin levels, which affect our levels of happiness. Too much drinking can actually put you in a much worse mood come Monday than if you stuck with non-alcoholic beverages over the weekend.

Pet the Dog. Even fifteen minutes spent playing with your dog or cat changes our brain chemistry. As soon as you notice that you’re feeling bummed about the weekend being over, reach for your furry friend. Not only does it boost your serotonin and oxytocin, but it lowers our cortisol levels. You probably know that cortisol is considered to be our stress hormone. Anything that reduces cortisol makes us feel less stressed and we are less likely to pack on weight around our middle. That’s a nice bonus.

Photo Credit : It`s monday! 30/366 from Dennis Skley via Flickr

Meet Mindy, Diplomate in Acupuncture

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You may have noticed a new face in the office recently. We would like you to meet Mindy Wilhelm, Diplomate in Acupuncture!

Mindy graduated Summa Cum Laude (4.0 throughout her training) from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine.  She is part of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and is licensed in the state of Wisconsin.  Mindy also has a background in massage therapy.  Her  passion is to help improve people’s quality of life naturally so they may live long, vibrant and happy lives.

Next time you’re in, make sure you say hi to Mindy!