Being unhappy at work is almost a modern habit. Statistics regularly show that most people are bored and unhappy in their jobs, outnumbering their happy colleagues by a ratio of two to one. But it doesn’t have to be that way! You can choose to be happier at work, no matter what. Here are six ways you can be happier at work, starting today!
1. Find meaning in your work
Not everyone can be Mother Theresa, but the chances are that most people can choose to find some meaning in their day to day work. Whether it’s mentoring a colleague or finding a better way to write reports, you can bring meaning to any job. Even having a positive attitude can help to improve office culture and create happier teams.
2. Create your own space
Unless your office hot-desks, you can create your own space within company limits. It might be a framed photo of your loved ones or your dog, a potted plant or a special coffee mug. Anything that makes you feel relaxed will help improve your mood.
3. Choose to be positive
Luckily positivity is as contagious as negativity. Why not choose to smile, say good morning and thank you to your colleagues, admin and cleaning staff. Some basic good manners and friendliness can lift the mood of the whole office. It also can also mark you out as a positive team member and potential leader. People always remember how you made them feel, so make sure you try to make people feel good!
4. Take your breaks
Nothing is as dispiriting as putting in a full day without a break. Unless there’s an office crisis and it’s all-hands-on-deck, make sure you take your coffee and lunch breaks. And try to leave the office. A walk in the park will lower your stress level and restore your energy. You’ll go back to the office in a much more positive frame of mind.
5. Look after yourself
It’s also important not to run your energy levels down by skipping lunch or having unhealthy snacks. Make sure to eat well and stay hydrated. Drinking coffee all day will dehydrate you and make you feel frazzled. Drink water and keep your blood sugar regulated!
6. Reward yourself
Get into the habit of celebrating all your successes, big and small. Whether it’s finishing a project, or delivering a presentation, or even making that difficult phone call, make sure you pat yourself on the back, buy yourself a book or a dinner out.