6 Ways to Improve Your Mood at the Office

Last Updated Jul 21, 2010 3:55 PM EDT

Bad day? We've all been there. They don't call work "the grind" for nothing. The question is, how can you survive a rotten mood and rescue your productivity?

Self suggests a zen approach: 6 Zen-Inspired Ways to Boost Your Mood at Work. There's probably nothing you haven't heard before (potted plants, exercise, etc.), but you might just find a new (or forgotten) tip that can help you get back on track. For example:

Breathe Some studies show that regular meditation reduces the recurrence of depression as effectively as medication. If sitting and chanting isn't realistic (especially in a cubicle!), start with baby steps by focusing on your breath. If your mind wanders, let your thoughts go and refocus on inhaling and exhaling. Aim to do this for a couple of minutes a few times a day -- or anytime you feel like your head is ready to explode.
The author also recommends hopping on the treadmill (or whatever) before you get to work, but I think midday exercise is a lot more beneficial. (To that end, check out my recent post on FitDesk.)

Any other mood-lifters you care to share? You know where: the comments!

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