Working Out for Better Work Days

7 Jan

During this first week of 2011, I have been really trying to be productive at work, breathe through any over reactions I feel coming on, and generally stay upbeat. Tuesday and most of Wednesday were great. I got a lot accomplished and felt good about the work I was doing. I thought I was off to a good start!

Then yesterday afternoon, I was confronted (…well at least that is how it felt) about a mistake I had made on a BRAND NEW system we are implementing. I had to drop everything (which at the time was another important project) to not only fix the mistake, but also admit out loud that a mistake was made. I really didn’t see why that was necessary, but I admitted the mistake (probably more sarcastically then I should have…), said I would fix it, and tried to breathe my way through the situation so I wouldn’t cry.

Needless to say, I thought about the incident all day today creating a constant negative playback in my head. Every meeting I was in I felt like I had to be on the defensive so that I wouldn’t feel attacked again. In the end, I am afraid that instead of sticking up for myself and speaking my mind, that I came off as rude and abrasive. I think sometimes I’m over compensating for trying not to get emotional (i.e. crying) in difficult situations. Up until recently I never said anything and would just go with the flow. That got me (and my projects) nowhere. However, I’m not sure that my current method is any better.

Even though I was in a terrible mood and really just wanted to go home and curl up in bed, I had to go to a Personal Training session after work that I had already scheduled. (I’ll post more about how my butt is getting kicked during these sessions after I’ve had a few more! So far I’m loving it!)

BUT WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WORK OUT MAKES! For two hours, I was able to just focus on myself and concentrate on the muscles I was training and I was able to get in a great cardio workout while listening to TV and playing on the internet. I swear I was in SUCH a better mood afterward. It was like night and day!

I’m going to try to take this positive feeling into tomorrow and try to get back to where I was at the beginning of the week. I’m also going to try to see if I can figure out a way to practice speaking my mind in a less “snippy” way.

Do any of you have any tips on how to speak your mind in an assertive way without being snippy and/or overemotional? Do you find that working out after a rough day (even when you REALLY don’t feel like it) helps turn your mood around?


One Response to “Working Out for Better Work Days”

  1. Sarah Nicole January 15, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    Absolutly! Exercise helps so much. As far as handling work situations, I'm just as frustrated. Haven't found the best way to deal with it.

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