You know how, sometimes, your boss says something that really hits a nerve, or a million other things are going haywire at work, and you decide it’s time to stop by the bathroom stall for a quick little tear fest? Something about seeing your mascara winking back at you on toilet paper feels semi-unnerving (is it all over your face now, too?) yet cathartic. You then head back to your desk because you think you’re fine, but one look at your inbox, and the tears start creeping their way in again. Now you just want to cry because you’re crying.
Next time that happens, let these tips collectively come together as your anti-cry amour. Your keyboard will thank you when it remains oh-so-dry until 5 p.m., after which you can immediately head to a bar and sip away your pain:
#2 Look at (or touch) something blue
Make it water if you can. Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, wrote a whole book titled Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being In, Near, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do about the emotional, behavioral, and psychological benefits of water. In it, he argues that just being close to water, or looking at it or feeling it, can have a calming effect. There’s only so much you can do in the office, but even splashing your face with water or washing your hands can help. Or, just do a Google Image search on “Mykonos.”
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