I don't want to step on my own newsletter toes, and I will write about this one week in greater detail, but I wanted to write a few quick words about self-care when you're sad at work because I'm feeling a little sad today myself.
I loved the article by Julie Beck on the Atlantic website, 'The Internet Wants You to Take Care of Yourself'. She links to a handy game 'You Feel Like Shit: An Interactive Self-Care Guide', although the first roadblock I noticed was the suggestion to take a nap, which doesn't do me much good when I'm at the office. Beck's own checklist goes like this, "Drink water, Eat something, Work Out, Go outside, Take a shower". This is great advice, but again, not super applicable to someone who works in a cubicle farm like me.
When I'm at my desk, my first step is to try to identify the problem. Today, I know there are a couple of specific things triggering sadness for me, specifically regarding situations other people find themselves in. At this point, I will either do a quick journal exercise or, more likely, try to identify something I can do in 5 or 10 minutes that might help me feel like I'm moving the issue forward and being helpful. After that, it's a fresh glass of water (or coffee, or hot chocolate, whatever you have available), a stretch session at my desk (maybe a vinyasa or just some forward folds), then a small snack. That's my equivalent of trying to shake it off enough to have a productive rest of the day.
Your mileage may vary, so I'd love to hear what you do when you feel sad or anxious at the office.