Unless you're a yoga instructor, work isn't exactly the most tranquil place to be. In fact, for most of us, work is the number one source of stress in our lives. We all deal with our fair share of stressors at work - whether we're cramming to get a project finished in time, are frustrated with coworkers or annoyed with clients - but we don't have to let these negative feelings bring down our whole day.
Even though it sometimes feels like the only way to make your work worries go away is to flip your desk and run away to Bora Bora, there are some healthier (and way easier) tricks for dealing with your day job drama.
1. Write it down and throw it away
Sounds silly, but even an innocent game of trash bin basketball might cool your jets. A recent study in the journal Psychological Science found that writing down your negative thoughts and then tossing the paper into the trash has the power to erase your bad mood. Researchers admit it sounds silly, but physically "throwing away" your thoughts makes you feel like they are actually out and gone, as opposed to bottled up.
2. Take a walk
Most people know that being in nature has a calming effect on the psyche, but even if you work in the bustling financial district, getting outside - among the fresh air, trees and other living beings helps put your stress into perspective.
3. Wear a miniature sombrero
....Or look at your favorite funny blog. Or gab with a coworker about the ridiculousness in the latest Kardashians episode. The point is, laugh! Not only will something silly get your mind off your troubles, the physical movement of laughter has a cathartic effect that has been proven to lift your spirits.