In the last three years I had very good days and very bad days. I think each of us go through something challenging in work environment when we feel like everything is falling apart, however it is always important to remember you are not alone and one bad day doesn’t mean bad year. I thought I will share with you a few tricks that work for me when I have bad lab day or in general when I really need to make bad day into good day :
Take a break – if you reached lunch time at work and so far it has been just rubbish day, get your coat and leave. World will not end if you take afternoon off , if you have a lot of experiments to run try to finish or maybe reorganise your schedule. If that is impossible, try to do your best and next day have a morning off.
Write 5 reasons why you are doing your job – sit down with a cup of coffee, try to block all bad emotions and write down 5 things why you are doing PhD (or any other job) – want to become medical writer? Passionate about science in general? Want to design cosmetic products or work in high-class pharmaceutical company? Want to see your name in pubmed? Anything, just write down.
Do detox – I am not talking about super green juice (well that is good as well), but about digital/email/work detox. When I am back home from bad day I am so tempted to look at Instagram or check my Emails or keep thinking about work, instead I try to turn off my phone, get a hot bath and read a book or watch something fun.
Write down what you have achieved – When you feel a bit low or annoyed with work just write downr what you achieved during PhD – attended international conference? Generated data for great publication? Got published? Met great people? Anything that brings smile on your face
Treat yourself – I am not talking about stepping into Selfridges and spending a fortune on Jimmy Choos because you had a bad day (even though I am dreaming I could do that) but do something nice to yourself. Take yourself out for nice coffee (by yourself), or buy a nice chocolate you love or gorgeous flowers. Treating yourself is very important to push bad day away and to clear your head before another day comes along.
We all get really good and really bad days that is part of living and working. I always believed that after the storm there is a rainbow so keep smiling, looking after your hair and give yourself a lot of love.
What are your top tips and tricks how to turn bad day into good day? Please let me know!
Have a wonderful day xx
I am Laura, 26 Lithuanian living in Manchester. I spend my days in the lab working on hair follicles and in the evening I share my love about hair cosmetics and how to have beautiful hair!