Work can be tough, no matter your job. We spend a lot of our waking hours working, so it would make sense we would want to do all we can to feel good during this time. It is easy to fall into routines and habits that are detrimental to this goal, and here are some tips to help you turn things around, and get through your day with greater ease.
Start Your Day Off in a Good Mental Space
How are you starting your day? Do you set your alarm so you can sleep until the last possible minute and still get out the door on time? Are you surfing the internet on your smartphone before you even are fully upright in bed? Are you rushing around from task to task on auto-pilot? Is your head swimming with anxiety and worry the second your eyes open?
If this sounds like you, it might be time for a change. How we spend this precious time right in the beginning of our day can make all the difference in how we experience the rest of it. You’ll get to work feeling all kinds of bad, and it will just get worse as you tackle whatever lay ahead.
Starting your day off in a good mental space can make a world of difference. You’ll get to work feeling calmer and more clear-headed. You’ll handle tasks differently. You’ll be more deliberate in your actions.
So, what can you do to change that? Perhaps you can meditate for a few minutes, or give yourself some extra time so you are not running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Maybe you can just spend a few minutes walking around your yard, or relaxing on your patio with a nice cup of coffee. Don’t take in the doom and gloom of the news; stay off Facebook.
Tend to Your Body and Mind
When our body doesn’t feel good, our minds follow suit, and when things are off-kilter upstairs, your physical issues, whether soreness or general fatigue feel even worse, setting off a very bad cycle. Getting our work done is harder when we are feeling badly physically and mentally. The day drags on; we find it hard to concentrate and our tasks take longer. All the annoying things we have to deal with become more annoying.
So, make it a priority to tend to your body and mind throughout your workday. If you are feeling overwhelmed with a task, step away from your desk for a few minutes—take a quick walk or get some fresh air. Keep some healthy snacks on hand, and stay well-hydrated. If you sit at a desk all day, make sure you take a few minutes here and there to do some light stretching.
If your job involves a lot of standing and walking around, you are putting a lot of strain on your legs. Not only will you feel more tired, you are increasing the risk of developing varicose veins. If you find pain and soreness to be a regular occurrence, you might consider getting compression stockings to ease the discomfort and promote healthy blood flow. Don’t worry, they make compression products for women especially that come in all sorts of styles and colors. They don’t look any different than their ‘regular’ counterparts.
Make it a regular habit to check in with yourself to see how you are feeling physically and mentally, and take the proper steps to feel better.
Just Be in the Moment
It is easy to get overwhelmed at work—we think of all that lay ahead when we plop down at our desk. We are doing one task, but are also thinking about the five others that need to be done after that. We get all anxious. Work on just being in the moment. Just focus on what is right in front of you. If you have a fear you will forget something, write out a to-do list to kick that out of your mind. This will take some practice, but as you get better at it, your anxiety will ease, and your productivity will skyrocket.
These three tips can take you a long way in creating a better work experience. Give them a try and you won’t be disappointed.