It has been extra difficult to maintain a positive mindset at work recently. Extra pressure, potential job instability, furloughed colleagues, new environment – maybe even a new job entirely! Remember that you might not be able to change the things around you, but you can still change the way you perceive them. Here are some tips to make your working day that little bit more bearable.
1. Be friends with your co-workers
Even with a reliable network of friends outside of work, it’s a good idea to be friends with co-workers. It creates a nice environment, keeps up morale as conversation can flow easier and everyone feels at ease. If you’re working from home and feeling isolated, why not suggest to a colleague that you book in a quick video call with them once a week? It could be enough to boost your mood for the rest of the day.
2. Take Breaks
You are entitled to take a break. Change your environment for ten minutes, and you’ll notice you feel less bogged down and more positive. Your productivity will also improve and your mind doesn’t feel so trapped inside a task. Maybe try a quick workout during your break to keep your energy levels up.
3. Tune Out
Bad moods can be contagious and disrupt you having a positive mindset at work. If you aren’t feeling 100%, or someone around is having a particularly bad day and is becoming a bit of a mood hoover, it’s okay to tune out for a little bit. Pop in some headphones and listen to some upbeat music to perk you up.
4. Set your own goals
Self-motivation can play an important role in keeping up your morale. If you are given goals by your employer, why not add a couple of your own as something more personal to aim for. For example, if you are set a deadline, why not add to it that reaching that deadline means you can treat yourself to lunch at work. More personal goals can improve productivity and concentration on a task.
5. Do something nice
If you’re not working from home, why not bring some fun to the workplace. Doing a nice activity at work can be a real morale booster, not only for yourself, but also your colleagues. Why not bring in some homemade treats, or suggest you do something special together in your break? Random Acts of Kindness for an individual at work once a week can make someone’s day, as well as your own.
When you’re running on very little sleep, it’s difficult not to feel anxious or stressed. Sleep can have a huge effect on various areas of your health, so looking after your sleep pattern is very important. Also, it’s essential to keep a healthy work-life balance to increase productivity at work.