If you find yourself longing for greener work pastures, don’t immediately go looking for the exit ramp off of your chosen career path. There are 10 tips for staying Happy at work:
Keep Personal Problems Personal – When you’re preoccupied with personal issues, it’s difficult to concentrate or be happy at work. Just as you need to let go of work to enjoy your time at home, it’s important to leave personal worries at home so you can focus and be productive at work.
Create an Office Nest – You are at your job for at least eight hours a day, which is more time than you probably spend in your bed. Make your space your own, decorate your area as much as your company policy permits, and make yourself as comfortable and relaxed as you can be in your office.
Develop an Office Support System – When you are able to voice your feelings to people who understand, it can really help minimize stress.
Eat Healthy and Drink Lots of Water – Maintaining a good diet and keeping yourself properly hydrated throughout your workday can really make a big difference in your energy level and attitude.
Be Organized – Create a manageable schedule to handle your workload. A sense of empowerment stems from accomplishment. When you feel overwhelmed, it tends to intensify dissatisfaction. By being proactive and taking control, employees can feel a sense of satisfaction, enhanced confidence and motivation.
Move Around – it is especially important to your overall sense of health and happiness to take a few minutes during your workday to get up and move a little.
Don’t Try to Change Your Coworkers – You can’t change anyone, you can only change the way you react to them. Do not let other people’s actions affect you. Just figure out a way to resolve conflicts and avert uncomfortable situations.
Reward Yourself – Treat yourself every once in awhile. Whether it be dinner with friends, a movie, exercise or a manicure. Just as stress from home can interfere with work, the positive aspects of your life can influence mood at work as well.
Take a Breather – Stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Inhale deeply, then exhale laughter and bend forward. Try to do this movement 10 times.
Focus on the Positive – Identify the things that you like at work. You create your own mind-set. If you stress the positives, you will make your job more enjoyable. Worrying about the negatives may cause you to become overwhelmed.