Ever have one of those days where you sit at your desk, one eye on your monitor, the other on the door as you secretly plot your escape?
You mind bounces from the idea of running away to putting sharp objects into a co-workers chair.
I had one of those days yesterday. It was energetically overwhelming. to say the least.
Part of me wants to chalk it up to “Full moon craziness” (full moon a few days ago in Australia), and the other part of me wanted to stand up in the middle of the office and scream very very loudly.
Of course professionally screaming may not be a wise move so I’ve put together 5 steps to get you through when presented with an equally challenging day.
1. “Now just one minute…”
Yep… just one. Take one little minute. Take one little minute to breath and let go. For me I even close my eyes, let out an exaggerated sigh, and feel a million times better. Just one minute.
2. Steer clear of the people who are triggering you.
For me that meant pretty much everyone else so I dug up some very consuming tasks, rolled up my sleeves and got on with them. Before I knew it hours had passed and I felt better because my time had been UBER productive.
3. Insure that when you leave the office, your work stays at work!
This may not be possible everyday, but on any days where it is all getting a bit too much and you are visualising a certain someone’s head exploding… well that is probably a day where you need to just have a night to yourself…. and TURN OFF YOUR PHONE! If you can’t do all night… try for 1 hour.
4. Take your lunch break – take it I say!
Go for a wander. Enjoy eating your sambo under a tree in the park. Read a book. Listen to your ipod. Takes some chill time right in the middle of the day and enjoy. You deserve it.
5. Let it go
Come the end of the day, there will be some things you cannot change – no matter how much you recycle the thoughts in your mind – these things you just need to let go. Take a long hot bath and shift your thinking to the nice things from your day to stop the negative thought process. How was your lunch break? Was someone especially helpful today? Do you have some great plans for the weekend? Keep clear of the “If only…” thoughts – they will not serve you.
Do you have some tried and true dealing with overwhelm tips? Please add them in the comments area if you are happy to share.