I know sometimes I just get cranky.  It's normal.  Sometimes something as simple as the copier jamming can just spoil your afternoon.

But it doesn't have to STAY that way. That's the thing. You can turn around a bad day and feel good again with just a few simple little things.  Well, at least in my experience.  Maybe you've got a different way of doing it.

1.  Move to another location.

Just get away from your problems.  Go outside for some fresh air.  If you're in a tall building, climb a few flights of stairs.  Exercise is relaxing anyway, and you'll feel better once you get some endorphins going.

2.  Give yourself a treat.

Have a cup of tea or some chocolate, something you really enjoy.  The more you focus on it, the more you shut out all the stuff that's bugging you.  I have a little stash of candies in my desk for Just This Purpose.

3.  Do a good deed.

If you do something nice for someone and you really mean it, it's basically impossible to keep feeling bad afterwards.  You could even find someone else who's having a bad day, and give them some encouragement. I try to do little things like let people out of the McDonald's drive thru on Limit when it gets busy.  It's not a huge deal, but I know that helped somebody get on their way.

4.  Write it down.

For some reason, writing about things that are bothering you can help you let go of them.  Just summarize the problem and say something about how you plan to fix it, and you'll probably end up feeling more optimistic about it.  And, little Post It notes around you can be colorful and fun!  Or at least that's what I'm telling myself about the situation on my desk.

What are some things you do to perk yourself up?  What do you do to turn a bad day around to good?

Turningly yours,

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