Imagine a day when you’re rudely woken up in the morning by arguing neighbours, after getting ready you suddenly realize that there’s nothing for breakfast, you head out anyway. On your way to work you get stuck in a traffic jam while you can still hear your stomach making dying whale noises. To top it all off, you’re already late for work and you lose out an important assignment to someone else. No one would wish this even upon their worst enemy! Now that you’ve managed to get yourself through work, it is time to head home and heal. Here are some ways to do so.
Listen to Music
Not the loud and thumping kind! Also, nothing sad. Soft and soothing tones work best, something like Norah Jones perhaps. You’ll start feeling better in a matter of minutes.
Go for a Run or Walk
There’s a bit of science behind this. Once you engage yourself in some kind of physical activity, your body will release endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone. It is better if you leave your phone behind as it will not let you concentrate and you’ll be able to get in touch with your surroundings.
It is quite hard to concentrate on something or anything these days, thanks to distractions like our phones and other gadgets. It has reduced our attention spans drastically. But a minimum of fifteen minutes of meditating helps in calming the nerves. Just put on a chant in the background and leave the rest to yourself.
The effect is quite similar to that of meditation. You feel lighter than before. Simply breathing in and out for a few minutes can help in reducing stress and takes away all your worries with it. Take your time with it and do not rush.
Watch Cat Videos
Nothing beats watching a cat endlessly chase that red dot on the wall or getting scared by random objects. You won’t even realize what time it is by the time you decide to pull away from your phone (these videos should carry an addiction disclaimer)
Tidy Something Up
When was the last time you actually cleaned your room? Or rather that closet of yours where you can’t find anything to wear in the morning. Today is the day when you go out on a limb and clean it. Who knows what hidden treasures you might find there!
Ah yes! The one thing we have actually forgotten to do these days while we are busy “reading” posts on Facebook. Read that book which has been sitting on your shelf unread, silently begging to be picked up for once.
Watch a Movie or a TV Show
Imagine the perfect winter day when you can curl up in a blanket and be all snug while sipping on hot tea and watching your ‘go to’ movie or TV show. A rough day definitely calls for random F.R.I.E.N.D.S episodes, isn’t that right?
There’s a lot more you can do with your time on a rough day, only if you actively choose to think of something. Such days might bring a lot of anger and frustration with them, but there are lessons too. The key is to find the perfect thing to channel all the anger and frustration because stress is not good for your body. Positively reaffirming yourself constantly with things like ‘It’s going to be okay’ or ‘I can do this’ get you to a point where you actually start believing in it. So be calm and always keep in mind that no matter what, you are going to be alright.
About the Author
Sumedha is a professional writer but her academic and professional pursuits don’t get in the way of her embracing the true fan girl that she is. Whether it’s books, movies or celebrities, she always finds something to swoon over.