5 Steps To Stay Positive During Your Workday
Who doesn’t want to be happy?
I guarantee that even Poe, as dark and depressing as he was, wanted to be happy. But for some it’s a fleeting pipe dream because life doesn’t cradle everyone equally and happiness can become as unconventional as Plath’s suicide. Emotions are an ebb and a flow; like waves, they can crash down hard on us or roll slowly in to kiss our skin, but independent of all that, there are ways to stay positive and productive even if you aren’t necessarily happy.
It doesn’t matter what you do for a living or where you live. Working in online marketing in Santa Barbara, running an auto repair shop in Austin, or waiting tables in London, it doesn’t matter! If you follow these 5 steps toward positivity throughout your workday, every little thing will be all right.
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Eat A Solid Breakfast-
You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Then why don’t you eat one? “I’m trying to lose weight, so I’m not going to eat breakfast.” Okay, smart guy, what about the fact that breakfast gets your metabolism pumping early and working effectively all day burning calories? What about the imminent binge eating you’re going to do from being hungry all day?
It’s not all about your waist size pal. Your brain needs nourishment, and nourishment means energy, and energy is happiness in disguise. Give your brain what it needs to be positive and every aspect of your day will fall in line.
Talk To Your Colleagues-
Maybe you despise them, but it’s proven that negative feelings like anger, loneliness and frustration are nurtured in isolated environments. If you begin to feel depressed or sad, don’t take it out on the people around you.
Those coworkers you’ve pigeonholed as “squares from the office” might be able to help, especially if your negative emotions are stemming from a work issue.
And if it’s personal you will find great value in confiding in someone. Just make sure to find the right time to open up a forum: a lunch break, at the water cooler, or while you wait for your coffee to brew.
Trick Your Body-
Smiling and laughing send positive messages to your brain, tricking yourself into believing that everything is copacetic. You’re like a magician! If you’re feeling like crap, just put on a smile and soon enough the negativity will melt away.
Mood-lifting activities like singing and exercise are also great ways to hop out of a rut. Get up on that desk and start singing! Okay, maybe not, but why not take a jog at lunch, or throw on some headphones and lip sync yourself to a happier day?
Stand Up And Take A Break-
We aren’t meant to sit for hours on end. If you start to feel that fog roll in and your mind begins to wander, it’s time for a break.
Stand up, get a good stretch in and move around for 5 or 10 minutes. Go to the bathroom, get a drink, anything! Don’t let the complacence of boredom get a grip on your day. Take some time to shake it off and come back refreshed and ready to rock it.
Focused and determined breathing helps as well. Sip deep through your nose and let your lungs naturally contract to exhale. 3 of these controlled breaths is the magic number for me.
Coffee and tea are great for getting yourself going in the morning, but that caffeine buzz is temporary and more than two cups a day is really bad for your body and psyche.
Drain that first cup of caffeine in the morning and then fill up your mug with good ol’ H2O. Sip on it throughout the day and whenever you drain your cup, fill it back up immediately so you’re always prepared for another quenching sip.
Water and hydration are key to keeping your mind active and your body refreshed. Have you ever been hit with that wall of fatigue or gotten a killer headache around 2 o’clock? Keep hydrated and the 2 o’clock blues will become nothing but a bad memory.
There you have it! My 5 suggestions for gaining positivity and ultimately having a better workday. Thanks for reading, and I’d love to hear your thoughts! Make sure to like and share this post, and reach out to me on twitter @ZeeBluMarketing or on Facebook to share your thoughts. Let’s spread some positivity! We all know someone who’s in need of a morale boost.