If you have money to spend…
1. Go on a longish vacation, preferably with your family. They always have a way of putting things to perspective.
2. Go on a day trip. A change in scenery is always good. When you spend so much time looking at your boss/co-workers, you start to hate them.
3. Get a body massage/body scrub/mani-pedi/haircut. Whatever makes you beautiful. Spending always helps us appreciate our source of income more.
4. Buy yourself a really good meal. There is nothing more uplifting than good food.
5. Buy something you like. Clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry. Retail therapy is bad. But sometimes it pays.
Or do what I did…
If you’re broke…
1. Jog around your neighborhood or nearby park. Physical activities clear the head and relieve aggression. Built up aggression could make you hit an annoying co-worker in the face. Not good.
2. Talk to a friend. You can vent about your job or talk about something completely unrelated.
3. Clean your house and do the laundry. Call it catharsis. Watch the dirt being washed off or being swept away and imagine that it’s your work blues.
4. Sleep a full 8 hours. Let your body and brain rest and repair themselves. Working moms, especially, think then can do it all. Well, guess what, you can’t. Get some rest.
5. Read a book. Let your imagination take you somewhere else.
6. Wear dark glasses, sit outside, and people-watch. Bonus: make up stories about them, stories that are worse than your own life story. Don’t worry, it’s not a crime.
If I’m broke, which is 90% of the time, I get up and look out the window of our office building.