5 Ways to Boost Your Mood at the Office
Your life experience and your education at Argosy University can prepare you for a successful career, but what about those everyday workplace stresses we all face?
Not to fear: We've compiled the best tips for staying happy and productive in the workplace, whatever your profession.
Follow these simple tips to improve your mood and boost your productivity.
1. Beautify Your Surroundings: Most people spend at least eight hours a day at work. Because you'll be spending the majority of your time at the office, why not make your workspace functional and beautiful? Postcards from your favorite vacation, tastefully framed photos of loved ones and pets, and well-designed office supplies can elevate your desk from blah to bearable.
If you're near a window (or otherwise get adequate light), consider buying a plant—plants have been shown to improve people's moods. Of course, always respect your office's décor guidelines; you don't want to miss out on a promotion because you've put your Beanie Baby collection on display.
2. Take Exercise Breaks: Long hours at the desk, poor lighting conditions, and ergonomically unfriendly chairs can take their toll on your physical well-being. As often as possible, get up and take a five-minute walk.
Between walk breaks, do simple at-your-desk stretches: Raise your arms above your head and hold for five seconds, and always practice good posture. If your coworkers are willing, start a weekly lunch exercise club. Physical activity will keep you alert and help you power through the 3:00 PM slump.
3. Make Office Buddies: When the going gets tough, the tough get support from their friends. Even if you work best independently, office friends will enrich your professional life immeasurably. That said, it's best to avoid gossiping and discussing intensely personal problems, both of which can give you a reputation for being unprofessional.
4. Develop Your Skills: Many of us aren't taking full advantage of our current jobs, which might offer more potential for professional development than they appear to. Identify a skill or set of skills you've always wanted to develop or improve and then determine whether your current role can help you build that skill. You'll feel more accomplished, and your new abilities will give you an edge in the future.
5. Remember What You Love about Your Job: If you're feeling down-and-out about work, take a moment to reflect on what drew you to the position in the first place. Perhaps you were enticed by your company's altruistic mission, the wisdom of your manager or unbeatable perks.
Keep in mind that everyone has bad days and that being frustrated with a certain client, project or coworker doesn't mean your job is all bad. Reframing frustrations can help you see them more clearly and appreciate the good things about your position.
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