A QUICK PREAMBLE:
Every career, every job, has it’s own unique daily uphill battles that are a challenge to being happy at work. Nobody is immune to the havoc that these battles can cause to their mindset and their overall well-being when they happen. And they can happen quite often.
Take heart, they’re only temporary little hiccups that can be easily overcome and banished completely, with the minimum of effort and fuss!
CUTTING TO THE CHASE:
There are of course lots of little tricks we can use to give us a hand with our everyday, work related stress provokers, but being only human, we’re all different and tend to handle our stress in many different ways.
Here are 5 generically and very usable stress relievers that have been proved to be the best of the lot and important contributors for your being happy at work:
#1- Swallow The Frog
Hehehe, i love this one. It conjures up some nasty (and slimy) pictures and gives the term “a frog in the throat” a whole new twist…
…but don’t worry, it’s only an analogy so you don’t have to do it for real. Unless you’re so inclined, or really, really, really hungry…bleuch, gross!
Anyhoo, it’s actually a well known and very simple analogy: If the worst task you have to perform at work (or anywhere, anytime, for that matter) is to swallow a live frog, whole. Get it done first. Make that your top priority chore for as early in the day as possible.
It surely stands to reason that every chore or task that follows will seem totally drop-dead simple, right? Everything else after that will be a veritable walk-in-the-park!
We’re all guilty of prevarication and procrastination at times, the easy art of putting off the big things. Why? Because the little things are just so much easier to do or maybe that bigger thing causes anxiety or maybe even fear for some reason?
But if you have to do it, have at it and swallow that damned frog dude, pronto!
Get that big, uncomfortable pain-in-the-butt job done and simply breeze through the rest of your day, with a big smile on your dial, as the biggest stress factor is put firmly behind you.
#2 – Visualise And Breathe
Now i know this isn’t something everyone is comfortable with but both these things work and when done together, pure energy and focus is the result. It really can be a big help.
By visualising your personal goals, your desires or your place of happiness you keep your mind focused on the goals you need to attain as you move forward in your life.
So why not for your workplace?
Focus your mind on completing the task-at-hand and what it would be like when it’s done-n-dusted. You’re most of the way there already!
Take a minute or two and carry out some relaxing breathing exercises at the same time. Breath in deep, hold for a few seconds, then breath out slowly. A few repetitions work wonders. Lunch-time may be ideal for 5-10 minutes of ‘you’ time?!?
Visualising a ‘happy place’ or a happy moment in time, coupled with some gentle breathing exercise refocuses your mindset and clears your road ahead!
#3 – List And Prioritise
Use a daily desk top diary or maybe you’d rather create your lists electronically. It doesn’t matter, so long as you create that list of issues and tasks that you need to work through.
Prioritise your tasks and follow those priorities, implicitly. Remember: Swallow The Frog!
Scratch off each task as it’s completed and if there are tasks that you just couldn’t manage to scratch off of the list today, then simply transfer them over to the next day as a higher priority.
#4 – Save a Little
We don’t always realise it, but there’s quite often negative thoughts rattling around somewhere in our mind with regard to the possibility of being sent packing from our job – for whatever reason. A little financial preparation will alleviate the stress this inherently brings.
Planning ahead is key. Save a little of your salary each pay-day.
Try saving enough for at least 6 months of survival money. Locked away and untouched in your savings account. 3 months minimum.
Don’t get caught by surprise by sudden changes in events or company fortunes. Been there, done that…it’s crap!
#5 – Don’t Ignore Your Health
You’ll find, if you’ve read any other materials of mine, that this is a subject that i’ll cover in almost every topic that i write about. It’s that important. Your physical good health is paramount for attaining every goal you ever want to achieve and surpass.
Quite simply, your physical health WILL and DOES affect your mental health. A healthy body makes for a healthy mind, right?
So, eat as healthy as you possibly can while you’re working. It’s easy to get into the habit of snacking on junk from vending machines or the fast food outlet just around the corner from the office, i know…been there, done that too!
…and listen to your dear ol’ mum!
There’s a lot of merit in the old saying that your dear ol’ mum was always throwing at you: “Eating All That Junk Is GoingTo Catch Up With You Later”. Wise words. She was dead right.
It’s inevitable that the wrong stuff going INSIDE will eventually (pretty quickly as we get older) show on the OUTSIDE, causing you further stress about weight, shape etc.
Your good nutritional health and physical condition is critically important for your energy levels and your upkeep of a positive mindset. Which in turn, of course, forms one of the major conditions toward toward your future Health, Wealth and Happiness!
A FINAL ANECDOTE:
Stress is a terrible and debilitating thing anywhere, anytime. It’s sneaky and destructive and effects us in all kinds of uncomfortable ways. Physically and mentally. Exhaustion, bad skin, stomach problems, really “bad-hair” days, and of course the more serious issue of what stress can do for your heart condition.
Take some ‘you’ time at work and breathe. List and prioritise. Take care with your dietary needs and move forward on your road to Health Wealth and Happiness.
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Here’s a little inspirational something to leave with. From James J. Metcalfe:
I get discouraged now and then
when there are clouds of grey,
until i think about the things
that happened yesterday.
I do not mean the day before
or those of months ago,
but all the yesterdays in which
i had the time to grow.
I think of opportunities
that i allowed to die,
and those i took advantage of
before they passed me by.
And i remember that the past
presented quite a plight,
but somehow i endured it
and the future seemed alright.
And i remind myself that i
am capable and free,
and my success and happiness
are really up to me.
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Carpe Diem, Be All You Should Be
Peter EC Kirwan