Sometimes you just have one of those days where work gets the better of you. It becomes difficult to rein in your stress and you end up being less productive (and calmer) than you’d like. One suggestion that can help is to begin on a high note by making sure your morning routine is as effortless as possible.
As 99u’s Sasha VanHoven explains, if your mornings are less hectic and predicable, the rest of your day will naturally be smoother.
This includes avoiding Facebook and Twitter, as well as work emails — instead, look forward to your first tea or coffee of the day or find some other calming ritual to get you started. Exercising is a good option if you’re in an active mood:
Exercise releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. In fact, exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course.
VanHoven also recommends a few activities you can try once you’re at work, such as eating somewhere other than your desk or, depending on your office, sneaking in a power nap.