Having a bad day or getting cranky from all the deadlines? With so many things that need to be accomplished at work and your personal life before this weekend commences, keeping your cool can be quite a challenge. Before you get worked up with a pesky client or your demanding boss, here are some things you can try out to bring your soaring BP back to ground zero.

When we lack hydration, our internal workings go off-kilter, resulting in a bad mood. Before you reach for caffeine, chug down some agua.

Running low on batteries can also be the cause of your unusually grouchy temperament. If your last meal was four hours ago, you may need to get nomming. Don’t go for simple carbs; reach for protein like hummus or nuts. Fruits can also work as an instant pick-me-up without ruining your diet.

Stretch your legs.
Those who spend a huge chunk of their day sedentary may want to consider getting up once in a while to stretch their legs. There’s no need to go full on #gymlife. Walking around the block or browsing the aisles of the supermarket for an hour or more with their huge grocery cart (with or without contents) is a workout on its own.

Heat rises to our head. Cool down immediately with a nice refreshing shower. Skipping too many showers can actually affect your overall mood.

Be nice.
Paying it forward doesn’t have to involve shouldering the next person’s cafe mocha at your favourite coffee shop. A simple act of kindness such as holding the door for someone or sending out a nice compliment is already enough to perk up someone’s day and yours. Spread the good vibes to get good vibes.

Bust a move even if it’s just in the privacy of your bedroom. Play some Drake, Kaskade, Psy, Vice Ganda, or Bruno Mars and get some "Uptown Funk." Dancing is good exercise and it releases endorphins in your system, making you relaxed and happy.

Take a selfie.
Feeling fugly? Take a selfie, or better yet, take a bunch until you find one that totally gets all your good angles. Post that snap so your friends and creepy strangers can remind you of how amazing you look.


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