As a freelancer and business owner, there’s a lot of ups and downs in my job. Some days I’m on top of the world and others feel like I’ve chosen a pseudo-career that involves me “playing” on social media. I run my own show which is in some breaths incredibly liberating but also has the potential to be very self-limiting depending on my motivation and mindset that day. I have become the master of brushing off the bad days so I can get back on form ready to attack work at full-speed. Sadly, my boss (me) doesn’t give me sick pay for duvet days. She’s a bitch.
Here are my top tips for shaking off the bad vibes so you can move on quickly. Eyes on the prize, ladies.
1. Change your environment
If you just want to get home and face-plant the couch in your pajamas, it’s surprisingly unhelpful to keep replaying the day over and over. Change your environment and with that, your focus can shift onto something new. Take a new route on your way home and stop off at a new café, or make a pit stop at a friend’s house for a cup of tea.
2. Get moving
Clear the brain fog by doing your favorite exercise in the fresh air. It will help to revitalize you (and your thought process,) whilst giving you something constructive to focus on. It doesn’t have to be a 5k run, even a power walk with your pooch will do the job. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is produced to create the happy feels when you exercise, so it’s time to get your heart pumping.
3. Do something you love
Set aside some time to indulge in you. Whether that be a long, hot shower, or just blasting your favorite song and dancing around your apartment like a lunatic, pick whatever it is that makes you smile and do it, for as long as you need, to get your happy hormones into gear.
4. Focus on what you can learn
For every bad experience or interaction, ask yourself “what would I do differently next time to change the outcome?” Even just equipping yourself with that knowledge can help you move past the bad feels.
5. Seek out your inspiration
When you’re feeling low, it’s always good to read something that can lift you up. Tucking into an inspirational book or podcast can really get your mind filled with fresh ideas, and your creative juices positively flowing. It’s time to get off social media and into something worthwhile.
6. Connect back to the big picture
Ask yourself how this day relates to your goals. Has what happened today really impacted your end game? Remind yourself that this is part of the journey on the way to your dream and it’s a necessary twist to get you to where you’re going. You are still on track.
7. Call a girlfriend
Sometimes you just need to vent and let it all out. That’s what friends are for. Call over your best friend and talk it out, then watch re-runs of “Sex in the City” together. Carrie’s life problems always put things into perspective.
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