Unhappy At Work? How To Make Your Job Situation Manageable

April 23rd, 2019
By: Heather McMillen

Most everyone is thankful for a job that allows them to make an affordable living but not all are lucky enough to be content and fulfilled in that job. The daily grind can take a toll on your mental, physical and emotional health. Are you operating in the same mundane routine week to week? If so, you need to decompress. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional night or two of parking it on the couch and watching Netflix but it’s refreshing to have other activities to keep you mentally stimulated and socially engaged.

Here are suggestions that will help break up the monotony both in and out of the workplace. 9 to 5 lifesavers include:

  • Move Around – It has been said in recent years that “sitting is the new smoking” and is detrimental to our health. Breakaway for a few minutes and use the restroom on a different floor, walk around the building, or go up and down the stairs a couple of times. It will help get your blood moving and loosen up that stiff back plus it may bring new energy to your thoughts.
  • Inhale Fresh Air – Enjoy your lunch al fresco or take a quick walk on your break. You’ll get out of that stuffy office and breathe in the fresh air; added bonus: if the sun is out you’ll soak in a dose of vitamin D.
  • Have lunch and socialize with a new or favorite coworker. Keep the conversation positive and stay away from speaking about work.
  • Sign up for a workplace committee or team. Many companies have committees that serve to improve employee engagement, morale, and health. Some of the most commonly known teams or committees are Health & Wellness, Fundraising, Employee Motivation, Safety, and Culture & Communication. This encourages you to step out of your normal routine, exposure to people you might not usually work with and gives you a sense of purpose.

There is a possibility that you are doing most of the above and still feel drained after leaving the office after a full workday. In that case, focus on activities that you look forward to throughout the day and that will invigorate you after you’ve left the office.

  • Disconnect. When you leave the office, make sure you leave both physically and mentally. Checking email and taking phone calls late into the evening doesn’t allow you to rest and can be damaging to your relationships. Silence notifications and turn off your phone. You need to be able to unplug in order to relax and recharge on a personal level.
  • Carve time out for your hobbies. Even if it’s only one evening a week, it’s important for you to grow in other areas. It would be taking a cooking class, golf, photography, music or painting. Do what interests you and brings you joy.
  • Stay social. Connecting with meaningful relationships is food for the soul. Schedule time to visit with a friend whether over a coffee or dinner, catch a movie or find a Meetup group.
  • Keep It Moving. The benefits of moving your body include both physical and mental advantages such as heart and lung health, reduces blood sugar, weight control, strengthens bones, regulates blood pressure, improves energy and enhances emotional well-being.

These are the actions that you have direct control and the ability to change if you are unhappy with your current job. If there are more underlying issues and you cannot go on working there, start by being proactive and researching for new opportunities. Begin by updating your resume, networking, and applying to jobs. Identify what it is about your current experience that you don’t like and look for the opposite.

As you’ve read, there are plenty of actions you can do to help make your day-to-day more enjoyable. Don’t put off your happiness, begin by making some of these small changes today.

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