“Change your thoughts, and you change your world.” -Norman Vincent Peale
Do you dread going to work each day? When you arrive, do you affix your eyes to the hands of the big black wall clock wishing for the little hand to reach five? Are you bored out of your mind with your tasks? Do you live for Fridays?
If these questions sound familiar, you may need to add F.F.A. (fun first aid) to your diet.
CNBC’S publication, make it reports that in 2018, an unprecedented number of unhappy workers quit their jobs (2.4 percent). Before you jump the gun and leave your position, or remain unhappy at work, try a few suggestions that can help you get through your day.
Few people can follow their passion and do what they genuinely love, but let’s face it, we must pay the bills unless you inherit a fortune or win the lottery. There is an alternative- change your perspective about your job and decide how your workday flows. Just keep an open mind and try something new.
How to Love Your job for Dummies
1. Rewards: You are no stranger to the many types of reward programs available today; however, this reward program’s focus is on you rewarding yourself. Pick your least favorite task and say to yourself, “If I finish this by noon, I will (fill in the blank).” Even if you cannot choose your tasks, you can still reward yourself.
2. Child’s Play: They say there’s a child in all of us, and children love playtime. Use break time to step away and do something you enjoy. You can read a chapter of a good book, sketch, doodle, or meditate. It’s surprising how a small diversion can change your perspective.
3. Green Thumb Therapy: If your workplace allows, place a plant or flowers nearby; there is proof that the smell of fresh flowers and greenery are mood boosters.
4. Work Jam: If your workplace permits, listen to music. Your favorite music is an excellent short diversion to uplift your spirits, so tune into your favorite genre, secure your earbuds and crank up the sound. If your job inhibits headphones, use your break time to chill with uplifting tunes.
5. Smile Time: There is definitive proof that smiling can boost your mood, lower stress and strengthen your immune system. An article from NBC News’ Better discusses how Dr. Isha Gupta, a neurologist from IGEA Brain and Spine, proves how a smile can bring about a chemical reaction in the brain to release dopamine and serotonin hormones. “Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness. Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress.”
In closing, the above suggestions depend on your work environment. The most important thing to remember is that only you can change your outlook and perspective about your job or your life. You are wasting precious time and energy on negativity.
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