By: Alli Kelly
Personal crises are a natural part of human life. There are some weeks that we feel will never end; life threw us to the ground and won’t stop kicking. Unfortunately, these moments don’t go away just because we have a job. It can be difficult to focus on the task at hand when mentally and emotionally we are somewhere else. Luckily, there are multiple ways to ensure you can maintain a level of sanity at work and gain composure when you feel that first tear building in your eye.
1. Breathe. Forcing yourself to breathe deeply will help to calm your mind. Once you get your breathing under control, you can see the situation more clearly and begin to rationalize with yourself. At this point you would move on to number 2.
2. Take a walk or a bathroom break. This is where you cry if you feel it will be the only way to genuinely calm yourself down. Take a seat on the toilet and just let it out for a minute or two. Don’t let it last too long though, as indulging in a freak out is bad for mascara and recovery time.
3. Eat some chocolate. According to Dr. Oz, “Chocolate releases serotonin and another feel-good hormone called dopamine.” Thus, when you eat a couple pieces of chocolate, you get a little mood boost. Just don’t go overboard or you’ll be crashing from a major sugar high and where will that put you? Back in the bathroom, crying on the toilet.
4. Take a Personal Day. If your personal crisis is so traumatic that you simply cannot be at work, do yourself a favor and take a personal day! Don’t be a hero. We all have these life situations and if you have the ability to take a personal day, do it. This gives you an entire day to lie in your bed and cry and eat too many cookies (or whatever your poison may be).
It’s normal to have catastrophes in life. What’s not normal is having a total mental breakdown at your cube, in front of your boss. That’s just not cute. The most important thing is to make sure you are taking care of yourself in times of crisis. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you, but also don’t ignore them. Find the right balance that will put you back on your feet, no matter the intensity of the situation at hand. And if anything, eat a Snickers.