“Simply laugh out loud, or strike up a conversation with a stranger and say something like, ‘You could not make this up if you tried.’ ” In addition, breathe deeply to relieve anxiety and stress (five mindful breaths with slow inhales and exhales).
Regarding incredulous treks home, refrain from dishing to your boss the next day, since it’s irrelevant to your workday. However, when running late in the morning, that’s another story.
Says Wekelo: “Always tell the truth even if it sounds like ‘My dog ate my homework.’ You can send a text or an e-mail to let them know the exact reason [as soon as you are above ground]. Many times, your excuse will be confirmed on social media.”