How to be Happy on a Hard Workday
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
So the other day at the office I was having one of those days. You know, the kind of day where you finally get to your morning to do list at about 4:30 in the afternoon. The day starts innocently enough, then fire after fire erupts that you have to put out. You had a project to work on, but 2 others suddenly take precedence. Of course there is data/information that you need, if only that person would just email you back you could actually get something done. By the third email, well you feel like this.
And of course it’s Monday.
So how do you keep it together, retain some semblance of your happiness on a day like this, you go back to the basics. First, remember to breathe, literally, take some breaks throughout the day for a couple of minutes to just do some deep breathing. It will calm you down, clear your head and loosen up those shoulders for a couple of minutes.
Remember to move, find ways to get up out of your chair and walk around. We all know that sitting down all day is killing us. But on a tense and stressful day it’s doing it a little bit faster, we have to work, our jobs are in an office but we’re not chained to the chairs. So move, get your circulation flowing, instead of calling the office 50 feet away, take a quick walk and have a conversation. In addition to the benefits of walking, some face to face human contact will do you good.
Take a break, not just to do some deep breathing, or walk down the hall but an actual break. Too many of us hunker down, eat at our desk and work like prisoners in a cell. Even if it’s only for 15 or 20 minutes, get out of the office, go for a walk or a drive. Go sit on a bench and stare at clouds. Taking a break has even bigger benefits long-term for both you and your employer.
Finally, find a way to laugh, a favorite video clip or some reading material to get you to crack a mile. Getting back to basics can actually help you have a happier day my friends ~ Rev Kane
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