I’m not sure if this is a phenomenon that is unique to women, or just me, but my mood definitely affects my work . If I’m sad or angry, I have a really hard time concentrating and creating at a top level. Of course, most of us don’t have the luxury of blowing deadlines or skipping work just because we’re in a bad mood. How can we suck it up – or improve our mood – long enough to get stuff done?
Blow off some steam. It’s never a good idea to stuff emotions before giving yourself a chance to feel them, even in the name of productivity. While you might not be able to run off to the therapist midday or have a full on crying jag in the office, you can find ways to open up the pressure valve for a temporary release. I like to turn up a Pink song; you might step outside for a minute to take a few punches at the air or scribble furiously in a journal.
Connect with someone who loves you. Research shows that connecting to other people makes us happier. Call your mom, your best friend, or whoever it is in your life that offers unconditional love and support. A quick “hey, tell me you love me,” can give you the boost you need to face the day.
Do a good deed. Doing nice things for other people has also been proven to improve happiness. Text something nice to your spouse, compliment a co-worker, or hop online and send a donation to your favorite charity. These little acts of kindness won’t take much time, but can make a big difference for you and the recipient.
Breathe. Once you’ve given yourself space to feel your bad mood, a mini-meditation session can help you flip the switch and get into work mode. Set a 10-minute timer on your phone and just breathe, or try listening to a short meditation podcast.
How do you turn things around when you don’t have time for a bad mood?