Stop Bad Days: A Great Post via ooomf Blog


Andrea Ayres wrote a great piece for the ooomf Blog with helpful suggestions about how to end "bad" days. I love that she included reading on her list! I know a few minutes with a good book or short story will often cure my creative blocks in the office. My theory is that it wakes up a different part of my brain - the part I need to use to write (which is 90 percent of what I really do.) Do you have any strategies to help yourself feel better on a bad day? Do you have any book recs for me? Click here to read the complete post - it's well worth your time!

Oh, and...if you're depressed... order a Mood Spray. I just mixed a fresh order of Apathy - and the pink grapefruit in this batch is the brightest and freshest yet.




Boredom At Work and Sleepy After Lunch Solutions



I just read a great memoir by Bryan Charles called There's a Road Everywhere Except Where You Came From. There's a paragraph somewhere in the middle that captures the sentiment behind Apathy™ Anti-Bad-Mood Spray better than I have:


"It gave you a warm feeling as you walked through the lobby with your cash in your pocket, took the elevators up and returned to your cubicle.

Maybe it's not so bad after all. Maybe I can make it work. Someone will publish me someday. I can still write on weekends--

The feeling fades quickly.

Boredom returns.

Boredom breeds despair.

You walk through legal and sales. You hear voices, ringing phones, little computer blips announcing the arrival of new e-mail. You go into the conference room, step up on the vent, put your face to the glass. You think of jumping and how it would feel that first second in the air. Would you go into shock or die of a heart attack before you hi the ground? Or maybe those are just myths.

Only one way to find out.

You return to your desk. Your phone console tells you it's 2:35. How could it only be 2:35? You thought it was at least four. Your thoughts race and crash, scream and burn. You are nothing. You're dying. You're already dead.

Borders saves you.

Mrs. Field's saves you.

Banana Republic saves you.

The Starbucks counter in the cafeteria saves you.

The Internet saves you.

The Internet depletes you.

The women save you.

Jasmine saves you.

The elevator doors part and there she is, she and a friend in mid-conversation. You step in and the doors close. The car begins its descent."*


Exactly. That's why some people organize their entire day around what to order for lunch. I'm not there now, but I've been there. I remember it well. That's how I started making that best-selling aromatherapy spray. For my cubicle. For projects that sucked the energy out of me. This "How To" guide lists some ideas for using aromatherapy mood sprays at work, by the way. The handy new mini-mood spray packs are super portable for business trips. I think the sprays help the mind, at least a little bit.

But back to the book. Bryan Charles' memoir is the only piece on 9/11 I've allowed myself to read. I tore through it in a day and a half. Like me, he had a story about 9/11 but that story wasn't, perhaps, as tragic as so many others' but still a story of personal significance. Bryan Charles' story, like mine, was about something that changed for him as a result of that experience. It's the reason I held on to the suit I was wearing that day; the reason I accepted a job in Florida on 9/13, and the reason behind so many other small, but powerful and ultimately life-changing decisions. It's difficult to explain what happened to people who weren't in the city on 9/11 but my guess is that if I told Bryan Charles, he would understand. If you were in DC or New York on 9/11, definitely buy the book.

(*Excerpt from Bryan Charles' There's a Road to Everywhere Except Where You Came From: page 147-148.)


My First Job and Two Ways To Make Your Office Less Miserable


Remember your first full-time office job? How unprepared were you to sit in one chair, in one room, with the same group of people day in and day out? School doesn't cut it. Even at school you get the occasional break - moving from classroom to classroom or the gym for the dreaded P.E. hour. No. The office is something entirely different. 

Obviously, it was kind of hard on me. My first job was at a major multinational corporation. The woman I worked for sat me down at a desk and trained me from 9-5 for two solid weeks.The training was intense, but it was HANDS DOWN the best job training I've ever received. For eight hours a day I looked at the hair on her arms and swore I'd never wear a finger condom when *I* filed. (That was *before* I found out that I was responsible for filing 2,000 paper purchase orders by number each and every day.) For those two weeks of training, the bathroom stall was my only private space. And it wasn't even that private. No matter what time of day, it seemed that a certain elderly employee would be settled in the adjacent stall smoking a cigarette and flinging questions toward my high heels.

This was a long time ago. Back then you could still smoke at your desk! I was so young I once believed an ingrown toenail caused by those pointy, 80's high heels worthy of a visit to the corporate nurse. Times are different now. It's 11 a.m. and I'm wearing flip flops in my home office. And that's just the start.

But I digress. A friend shared this ThinkGeek product on Facebook and I had to post it here.The Insta Sky flourescent light filter instasky out of those miserable overhead office lights. Simple products (like Anti-Bad-Mood Sprays) can change the mood of the whole room. A perfect gift for that office worker in your life. Add a bottle of Apathy and they're set for the year.


Special for Denver, Colorado RIGHT HERE.

Inspired by the people I met on a recent trip to Denver, I'm running a new ad in Colorado's Westword publication.



This week's special: Purchase a full-sized bottle of Apathy and you will receive a set of four mini-misters as a bonus gift!


Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Projects: Happier at Home in 21 Days or Less?

It's hard to disturb Kiki and White Kitty just to make the bed.


I've never read a book by Gretchen Rubin and yet...I love everything she has to say. She is a master at sharing helpful content on the Internet. You really must visit her website or subscribe to her monthly emails.

I started making my bed each day after Gretchen Rubin advised that making your bed was [oddly] linked to happiness. I did make my bed, but only if it didn't disturb the kitties snuggled up in the blankets.

So, following Rubin's advice, I started making the bed religiously. In spite of the kitties. And making the bed often extended into a quick tidy of the bedroom in general. (Which, by the way, involves a quick spray of Apathy aromatherapy spray to clean the air.) And when I come in to a calm, clean bedroom at the end of the day...I find I AM happier. Oddly enough.

Gretchen Rubin has a new series of "21 Day Projects" to help you find more happiness at home. There's one on de-cluttering; one to help you stop yelling at your kids; one to improve your relationship; and the one I'm going to try - "Getting to Know Yourself Better." Seems so relevant as I process the artifacts of my past lives and try to figure out what happens next. Each program is $4.99 - but the relationship series is free.

If you sign up for one, let me know. Maybe we can digest and share our findings by email?


How to Use Anti Bad Mood Aromatherapy Room Sprays.


The Importance of Building Strong Relationships - Robert Steven Kaplan

Unsatisfying relationships are a source of stress for many people. In order to have a strong relationship, you have to share something fundamental about yourself with the other person. Tell them who you are. Robert Steven Kaplan from Harvard University discusses the importance of building strong relationships.


I never have been a very good Secret Santa.



Anti-bad-mood sprays™ Are a Return Hit for Holiday Gifts and Office Secret Santa

 Dwight Schrute prepares for the holidays. 

It’s that time again. Ugh. Your mother will, once again, yell across the Thanksgiving dinner table, "When are you two going to stop using birth control, already?!"

If you don't come up with exactly the right gift for Raul in accounting he'll see that you never get your expense checks back in time to pay the credit card bills.

A big hit last season, anti-bad-mood sprays™ are the perfect fit for this year's holiday gifts.

Aromatherapy mood sprays are an inexpensive, creative gift for office, family, friends

The Antidote for Ego™, Apathy™, Passive™ and Aggressive™ are custom blended sprays that battle common bad moods. Priced under $20 each, with eco-luxe packaging, they are perfect for everyone – the hostess, the office gift exchange, your family, your mailman.

“There really isn’t anyone who doesn’t need at least one anti-bad-mood spray™,” says Heidi Rettig, CEO of HR Products. “Everyone can use a bottle in a shared restroom to tamp down, um … smells. Stock up before the dysfunctional family members arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. There’s no shame in buying in bulk.”

The products are certified vegan and their essential oils are organically sourced, whenever possible. Apathy™ is the most popular product on the website. The scent of fresh peeled grapefruit, with a hint of green, naturally freshens the air and enhances memory and concentration.

“I ship more bottles of anti-Passive™ to New York City than anywhere else in our great nation,” Rettig says. “Something I wouldn’t have predicted based on my experience of the way New Yorkers behave in the taxi line outside Grand Central Station.”

Taxi Line at Grand Central Station, New York City.


Anti Bad Mood Aromatherapy Sprays' - Funny Search Terms from Google.

I never really get tired of seeing the Google search terms that lead people to the anti bad mood sprays' site. 


What's an anti-vacuum bottle for lambs?! Oh.  I wonder if they found this site because I mention 'nipples' and 'Clarice'?

Dysfunctional mother. Check. Spray The Antidote for Ego - liberally before each family event. Leave a bottle in the bathroom. 

Plus one for 'narcissist bad mood.'

'Antidote for an aggressive customer' - depends what you mean by "aggressive." Your best spray (In that situation) may be pepper spray. But we make our own, too. Anti-aggressive aromatherapy anti-bad-mood spray.

'Obstructionist+resistance+define" - huh. Somewhat strange to see we are in the top 5 on Google in answer to that question.

'air freshner [sic] for body odor' - duh. Apathy contains pink grapefruit essential oil and the citrus cleans the air naturally. 


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