Wanna know how to boost your mood in 10 seconds? Good, because I want to tell you. Let me give you the situation first.
You are at work, it’s crazy busy and you feel like you are drowning. You are somehow expected to be doing 10 things at once. You don’t feel you even one moment to stop and collect your thoughts.
I feel this way working on psychiatric unit sometimes and when I get overwhelmed with so many things to do I can end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off – and not getting anywhere fast.
Trick to Try:
“Shake it off”. We’ve all used the saying before, but have you tried it? Stop. Shrug your shoulders up and down five times and wiggle your whole body, like a dog shaking when it’s wet. You can do this in the bathroom if you don’t want the curious looks from your co-workers.
Why do such a silly thing?
Because, just like dogs, we can shake things off. Have you ever noticed that after you get your dog in trouble he will give a shake? Dogs literally shake things off, and we can too. I’ve tried it. It truly works! It is a quick re-charge, re-set, re-focusing tool that you can use anywhere, anytime.
If someone sees you doing it, even better. You can share a laugh and you can teach them this quick and effective tool. Any chance to be silly and laugh when you are feeling stressed is a great way to bring your self back down-to-earth so you can focus on the task(s) at hand. So it’s a double win. You not only will feel better, but also you will focus better and you can feel proud of getting your work done efficiently.
Go ahead, give it a try! RIGHT NOW!
Shrug. Shrug. Shrug.Shrug.Shrug of the shoulders (quickly) and a full body Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…
Feel better?… I know.
I thank my dog Maya for teaching me things great skill. She is so wise and teaches me so much every day.