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When the going gets tough


Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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You got up on the wrong side of the bed. You rear-ended someone on your way to work, had a fight with your boss and then to top it all off, you lost your bankcard. Can your day get any worse?

Having a bad day happens to us all. However, rather than drowning in a yolk of uncertainty, you can take certain steps to ease what you’re going through and alleviate the stress.


Here are a couple of tips on what to do when the going gets tough.

Change perspective

Look on the bright side. Yes, we know that it’s easier said than done, but by focussing on the good things in your life, all those irritating little matters will start to look frivolous. Late for work due to a power outage? At least you could listen to some good music. Try to look at what you’ve learned from the experience. It may sound difficult, but changing the way you view situations, or react to them, can really make a difference in turning bad days into better days. Ask yourself what you could do to rectify the state of affairs.


Phone a friend

In the wise words of Samwise Gamgee, “share the load, Mr Frodo”. Sometimes all you need to do is talk to someone about what’s going on and get the poison out of your system. Have a calm conversation with your colleagues about what’s bothering you or set up a coffee date with one of your friends. Not only will you feel better, but they can also provide you with a different perspective.  Getting advice and listening to other people’s points of view, may be just what you need to relook a situation and pull yourself out of an emotional slump. That being said, certain situations call for a more experienced eye, such as legal issues – are you having problems with your boss, employees or a finicky landlord? Dealing with legal and labour issues by yourself can be extremely frustrating. Luckily, you can get Budget Legal Cover for advice and assistance during these tricky times.


Get up and go

Go outside for a walk, a run or for some fresh air. You can even dance a little as long as you’re moving. Take your mind off what’s bothering you and get those endorphins pumping. They not only reduce stress, improve sleep and boost self-esteem, they also lessen anxiety and feelings of depression. So, when you’re feeling down, it’s time to get moving.


Take a break

Go for a massage. Light some candles and soak in the bath. Do breathing exercises or meditate. Watch a few funny YouTube videos. When you feel good, the world is an easier place in which to be. Create a “happy thoughts” playlist. When you start to feel the walls closing it, turn the volume up (just remember that loud music can damage your ears). Watch this video and tell us, music can’t work wonders.


Pay it forward

Do something unexpected for someone else. Buy a coffee for one of your co-workers, compliment strangers waiting in the queue with you. Small or big, acts of kindness have been proven to lift your mood.  Sonja Lyubomirsky, an experimental psychologist found that “because we all perform acts of kindness naturally, it seems to please us more when we're more conscious of it. There are social rewards, too, when people respond positively.”


When things seem too much to handle, whatever you do, don’t drown your sorrows. Always remember that no matter how bad it gets, tomorrow will be a new and better day. Get a good night’s rest, and start the new day on a positive note. Practicality and a more positive attitude are sometimes all you need when the going gets though.