Posts tagged: self-care

5 steps to bounce back from a bad day


A bad day starts when you spill coffee everywhere on your way to work. Then you space out about the important tasks you had to get done. The icing on the cake? Your boss cancels a presentation you spent all yesterday preparing for. Bottom line: Today sucked.

Even if you love your job, an occasional bad day is par for the course. It can be hard to shake grouchiness when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, are annoyed by at work, or distracted by world events or relationship drama.

The secret to recovering from a bad day is learning how to move forward despite it. How you respond can mean the difference between a quick recovery and a full-blown funk.

Here are 5 steps to help get you back on track so you can come back stronger tomorrow:

The only constant is change.

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How to cope after a tragedy strikes


In the aftermath of a tragic event, you may feel upended. You’re not alone in trying to wrap your head around the senseless events of late, like devastating hurricanes, violence, and heightened tensions.

Humans crave certainty, so whenever a tragedy happens, we feel a loss of control. Your mind may run through unanswerable questions and what-ifs like “What would I have done if were there?” or “How must the grieving families feel?” The heartbreak is unimaginable. You may feel helpless or unsafe.

If you’re struggling right now, it’s important to process your reaction. It won’t be an overnight process, but here are some tips to cope so you can refocus and find balance again:  

Ride the emotional wave of a tragedy

Watching and hearing about suffering triggers empathy. We can all relate to experiencing pain and loss; emotions like shock, confusion, and fear can result after tragic events. This is known
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19 solutions to avoid burnout


Say no to the wear and tear of life with any of these products that help us stay mindful, relaxed, and experience more joy in our days. (Disclosure: Unstuck will receive a small stipend from any purchases on this page.)

Use your time wisely

Leather Journal and Pen, $32.95
Instead of scrolling mindlessly on your phone, pull out this handsome leather journal. It’s your private space to write deep thoughts, doodle the time away (it’s good for your brain!), or draft that letter you’ve been putting off. Measuring 7 x 5 inches, it’s highly portable and comes with a hidden holder for your pen. Buy now.

 

Portable Telescope, $59.99
When you think about it, there are few things more awesome than the stars and planets in the night sky. Science has found that when we experience awe, we become kinder and
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5 ways to catch burnout before it catches you


Long before it became a common part of the workplace lexicon (or modern life, for that matter!), the term “burnout” was most associated with physics.

Here’s how Oxford defines it: “The reduction of a fuel or substance to nothing through use or combustion.”

Of course, it’s more common now to hear burnout used alongside words like fatigue, exhaustion, or collapse. But the original definition might be the best one — we can all relate to the image of our personal energy literally being reduced to nothing through overexertion and constant burning.

Burnout is everywhere

You don’t have to be in a stressful office environment to suffer from burnout; it can stem from home life, constant social interactions or obligations, the political climate, or even social media.

Now consider how blurry the lines between personal and professional have gotten or think about how technology has made it feel like we’re always on the
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Mental health care to help get unstuck


This post comes from Talkspace, an online and mobile therapy company.

Sometimes, no matter how hard or what we try, we find ourselves repeating behaviors that aren’t healthy for us. If you feel troubled or challenged in a way that seems beyond your control, you might want to consider seeking professional mental health help, particularly if any of these signs are familiar to
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It’s time to schedule self-care into your life


The more we sit at desks, compulsively scroll social media, and (perhaps) obsessively check the news, the farther away we get from our own needs as human beings — physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.

But since we all can’t just move to a tropical island and scoop ice cream all day for a living, we should at least try to make time and space for small tactics that will help keep us balanced and happy, even when things in our lives and in the world around us can seem hectic.

Why self-care is crucial

Before we dispense some strategies, let’s just briefly take stock of how modern life, whether it’s in the office, at home, or on-the-go, has become a minefield for our mental and physical well-being.

The Mayo Clinic and many, many others have declared sitting to be “the new smoking.” And while that might sound a little
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Why you should always nap with a spoon


The slow part of my day — when there isn’t any wind in my sails — is usually between 2:30 and 4:30. With lunch eaten and afternoon work piling up, time seems to slow down. Minutes take what feels like hours to pass. Thoughts seem to slow down with the time and energy takes a massive dip. For me, the choice it always comes down to seems to be between coffee and a nap.

For a long time, coffee usually won. That’s because of an abiding love of coffee, of course, but it’s also because I used to be a terrible napper. In fact, it wouldn’t be much of an overstatement to say that I actually hated naps. Instead of refreshing breaks, they felt more like terrible miniature comas that I would awake from even more drained and grumpy than before. And they almost always lasted much longer than I expected, so
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