Things are tough in your personal life. Things are tough at work. Things are tough at home AND at work – oh no! How can you stay positive and focused at work when everything seems grim? Here are our —
5 Tips for Staying Positive at Work when Things are Tough
1. REFRAME – Sticking your head in the sand and ignoring what’s happening isn’t healthy, and in the long run, it probably causes more stress. When faced with a problem, instead of dwelling on how awful it is, ask yourself: What is possible? What can I change? Are there steps I can take to make this better or productive in some way? Sometimes you won’t be able to do anything to improve a situation, but very often, you will. And doing the simple exercise of asking how you might improve things shifts your focus from a negative mindset to a more positive one.
2. ASK THIS QUESTION – Will this matter one month from now? It’s so easy to get caught up in workday drama. Emotions are high and at the moment, whatever is bothering you seems so important. But is it? Will it matter in a day, week, or month? Will you even be able to remember why you were so upset in a week? Asking this question can give us the luxury of time and separation in the moment. And, if your answer is, “YES! This will matter immensely in a month,” then you know you are fighting a worthy fight.
3. CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT – When your blood starts to boil, or you can feel a dark mood beginning to pull you down, change your physical environment. Go outside for a few minutes and breathe the fresh air. Take a walk if you are able to. Listen to music that always puts a spring in your step. Watch a hilarious Youtube video that makes you chuckle.
4. CHALLENGE YOUR BRAIN – Love Sudoku? Crossword puzzles? Saying tongue twisters? Take a break from work and challenge your brain in a different way. Fire different neural pathways than you normally do at work. It’s amazing how quickly you will feel the difference.
5. ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP – If you’re stressed at work, chances are, your co-workers are too. Find someone who needs help and offer your assistance. Put a time limit on what you can do so that helping doesn’t become an additional stressor. For example, approach a co-worker and say, “I have 30 minutes to help you with the mail. Would you like me to stuff envelopes, or put the stamps on?” You will get a lift from helping someone out, and they will feel supported and seen.
What do you do to stay positive at work? I would love to hear your tips and tricks!
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