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How to Get Over a Bad Day at Work

Updated on October 4, 2014
A bad day at the office?
A bad day at the office?

A Bad Day at the Office

There is nothing worse than having a bad day at work because you are stuck there and there is nothing that you can do about it, especially if you are in a job that you don't like.

Your boss is picking on you, your workload is way too much, nothing works and the day is just never coming to an end!

There are a couple of things that you could do to get over a bad days work and it doesn't involve anything to do with work at all!

Time goes so slowly at work but looking forward to going home is a bonus and making the most of the time that you have out of work is a good plan.

A bad day at the office can be avoided if you try a few easy steps to make your life a little better away from that environment, so that when you are at work, there is always something better to look forward to.

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After your bad work day

Once you can leave the office and you have had a day that is unimaginably bad, so much so, that you cannot explain to people just how bad it was, all you have to do is let out the steam and the stress of the day.

While driving in your car you could find a station that has soppy songs on it for you to burst out into tears with;

Go for a jog and run as fast as you can to let out the stress or anger;

Do some form of exercise before you face others;

Have a relaxing bubble bath;

Go to a spa for a treatment;

Go to a sauna;

Watch a comedy and if you are not in the mood for that then find a movie that will allow you to cry;

Go out with friends;

Skate or do something that requires you to think a little and that will take your mind off of work.

There are a number of ways to work through a bad day at the office if you think it might be worse the following day.

Escape at Work

A bad day at the office can make your entire mood change. If one thing goes wrong then everything starts go badly.

Try to change your mood by walking outside to get some fresh air and then take a deep breath and return to the office.

Be thankful that you are lucky enough to have a job because there are many people out there that cannot find work.

If your boss has been the cause of your bad day, then avoid him/her for the remainder of your time there.

Colleagues that make life difficult are not worth getting angry over, just think about karma and the fact that the wheel will turn.

Take an i.pod with you to work and when things get bad, listen to some relaxing sounds or your favourite music.

Once your day is almost over, start making plans for the night and make them good enough for you to let go of the day.

Driving, walking or taking public transport will allow you to let go of the work load and concentrate on your night ahead.

As soon as you leave work, leave work behind and concentrate on anything else to take your mind off.

Always know that work is not your life and to have something else to look forward to will help with your bad day at the office.

Whether it is a boyfriend/ girlfriend, friends, socials or family, let them take your mind off of work as we should work to live and not live to work.

Everyone has a bad day somewhere and if you are stuck in a job that you hate, then why not look for another one that you will enjoy, even if there is a bad day.

Brighten up your workspace with some colourful accessories
Brighten up your workspace with some colourful accessories

Change your workspace

Perhaps you have an ugly grey and dull office with a view of the bricks behind another building or you work in an office that has no airconditioning.

There is nothing worse than being in a dull looking environment and you can feel even worse if the area you are in is small, hot and ugly. Comfort at work is important and that does not mean you need to go to your boss and demand a different area, unless it is a way for you to work your way up to a better office, it is best to go with it and make it your own.

Should you lack air conditioning then get yourself a fan that won't effect anyone else around you.

If your office is dull and grey then buy some flowers or place a bright coloured picture of somewhere tropical on your wall to remind you that there is a life out of the work space.

Your chair could make you feel uncomfortable, so bring a cushion with you and make your space your own.

Relax and unwind after a bad day at work
Relax and unwind after a bad day at work

For the Homies

The day will end and the best thing to do is forget about how long it is taking and look forward to the drive home.

Get yourself to the gym or go for a swim to let out your frustrations but if all you want to do is get home, then when you get there remember to leave work outside the front door. When you close the door behind you, you are shutting the work day memories and visions out.

Take off your work gear and put on something comfortable.

Put on some soothing or vibrant music to help you switch off.

Light some candles and pour yourself a drink.

Make some comfort food like pasta or cottage pie and just enjoy.

Get into a warm bubble bath and relax.

Watch a movie and make yourself a snack or eat a chocolate and if you are watching your weight than have some yogurt with berries to take away the pain.

Get out and be social
Get out and be social

Social Bunnies

If you can't picture going home to mope or relax than get yourself out with a couple of friends and go for dinner, drinks or a movie and do not talk about your bad day at work. Forget about that day and take in some music, go stir crazy in a nightclub and pull off some new moves. Make sure that you have a hangover in the morning so that if there is another bad day at the office all you will have to think about is how bad your hangover is!


Your bad day is someone else's good day at the office!

When you feel down about work just remember that there are jobs out there that are far, far worse than yours and while you are dying a slow death at your desk, there are many that are taking death defying risks for their jobs, just to make a buck!

Count yourself lucky that you do have a job and the next time you feel that the worst day of your life has arrived, think of those who are jobless without any form of income and be grateful that you are able to have a bad day at work.

Your day will end soon and your social life can begin so keep active, busy at work and think of all the great things that you can get with your next paycheck!

How to Ignore Your Work Load

Sometimes work gets overloaded and you just can't keep up but there are a few ways to ignore the load for just one day.

Unfortunately if you are in a job where you cannot afford to fall behind in, then you need to get someone else to help you out.

To ignore your work for one day all you have to do is place a few files onto your desk and have one or two open on your desk.

Have a pen ready or if you work with a computer, ensure that it is on.

Now all you need to do is pretend that you are working if someone comes along to check. It is pointless though because what else are you going to do at work, at least with a workload, the day goes by a little quicker.

Having nothing to do at work can make your day go even longer so my suggestion would be to get on with it and know that you have something to look forward to when the time comes for you to leave.


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