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We all get the Monday blues from time to time, butluckily there are ways to take action against them.If you’re going through a rough patch or are lacking job satisfaction, check out these ways to have a happier work day.
If your day often leaves you feeling stressed and overwhelmed, it is time to calm things down by getting more organized. Firstly, make sure you arrive a few minutes early for work to give you time to organize your tasks for the day and get mentally prepared. Secondly, organize your space by clearing away any clutter and streamlining your workspace (this includes clearing your desk anddeleting old emails). Finally, make a list of everything that you need to do that day in order of priority. If you can, try taking care of the more difficult things first to take a weight off your mind.
While many of us are required to wear a uniform or adhere toa dress code for work, if you do have more freedom to dressas you wish, try opting for clothes or accessories that boost your mood. Whether you opt for a piece of jeweler that reminds you of a special memory, a colorful bag to brighten up your day, that confidence- boosting outfit, or even your favourite underwear beneath it all, adding something special to your worn-in work attire can really brighten your day.
They say variety is the spice of life, and this is never truer than when it comes to your working day. Following the same routine dayin, day out can quickly cause boredom and dissatisfaction to set in, so try making every day a little different in any way you can. Trydoing routine tasks in a different order, talking to someone new or taking a different route to work (perhaps even using a different mode of transport, such as cycling, if you can). If you really can’tshake up your work day itself, instead try organizing something fun and different to do on your lunch break every so often.
Research has shown that workers who have input into thedesign of their workspace are up to 40 per cent happier than those who do not. While you may not have the authority (or inclination) to decorate or rearrange your whole office or work place, try brightening up your individual area by purchasing some nice stationery, putting up a photo, funnycalendar or small piece of artwork, or getting a nice plant for your desk.
If your working day is getting you down, try giving yourself an instant happiness boost by squeezing some exercise into your lunch break. Exercise is good for boosting self-esteem and letting offstress, and it also releases chemicals in the brain such as endorphins and anandamide which can boost your mood and leave you feeling great. If you have shower facilities at work you could go for a lunchtime run. Alternatively, a brisk walk around the shops will get your heart rate up without working up a sweat.
Got a tough day ahead? Then make sure you pack some healthy snacks to keep your spirits up. Certain nutrients infood can affect how we feel, so try stocking up on well-known happiness-inducing foods such as walnuts (for Omega-3 fatty acids), bananas (for serotonin-producing tryptophan and relaxing magnesium) and wholegrain (for mood-boosting B vitamins). Also, stick to low-GI foods for slow-release energy, as low blood sugar levels can lead to depression and fatigue.
Regardless of how you feel, try to adopt a positive and friendly attitude when talking to colleagues – yes, even the ones who get on your nerves! Try to resolve any conflicts, avoid office gossip, and treat everyone as you would like to be treated, and you may find that you get the same in return. Furthermore, research shows that the act of smilingcan actually make you feel happier, so try to paste on a smile however you really feel – it may just boost your mood.
If you know that your job isn’t the one for you but are stuckwith it for now, try to make the best of what you’ve got. The job may not be permanent, but going to it every day with nosense of purpose (other than to get through to the end of the day) will quickly get you down. Try to identify a sense ofpurpose or positive of doing the job, whether it is noting that the position is getting you nearer to your dream job, helping others in some way, or giving you an opportunity to build on certain skills.