Every individual contributes to cultivating a healthy working environment. If you can keep your energy levels high and your mood in check, not only will you have a productive work day, but that energy and positivity has a way of filtering into every other aspect of your life. So even if you feel like your current work situation is meh, we’ve brought you a list of things you can try to brighten your mood.
1. get some sunshine
We highly recommend starting your day with sunshine! Exposure to sunshine increases serotonin levels that correlate with feelings of satisfaction and calmness. Wake up a little earlier and let the sunlight into your home.
2. don’t leave your home in a rush
This is easier said than done, especially if you have a hectic schedule. Give yourself a reason to wake up earlier by setting 45 minutes aside for something you enjoy doing (reading, yoga, listening to music). Having a self-care morning ritual is an excellent way to start any day.
3. declutter and clean your working area
For one, it makes you look more professional to have an organised space. A clean and organised desk reduces stress. You'll find things you need in a pinch, saving you time and making you more efficient at the task at hand.
4. break a sweat
If you can squeeze in a work-out during your lunch break, do it. Exercise is a reliable way to relieve stress and improve your mood. Crunched for time? Take a brisk walk outside to clear your thoughts and get your body moving.
5. stay hydrated
Dehydration is a leading cause of fatigue, so bring a water bottle to work. If you struggle to get enough water throughout the day, add a slice of lemon, cucumber, or mint to your water to make the taste more enjoyable.
6. set personal work goals for yourself
Take a moment in your morning to set some goals for yourself. You can track your progress throughout the day, and it will help you feel a sense of progress and accomplishment for the day.
7. get to know your co-workers
Having friends at the office makes work fun, so get to know who you work with. Have lunch, go for walks, or grab coffee with your team.
8. play upbeat music
A study at Cornell University found that playing upbeat music in a work environment increased cooperation between team members and improved group-making decisions. The music helped the team get into sync and uplifted moods.
9. make someone’s day
Doing something thoughtful for someone else will make you feel a whole lot better. Buy someone a coffee to show appreciation, or take a moment to help someone out with a project they might be stuck on.
10. have energy-dense snacks on hand
Cut the junk food intake especially at work. Pack snacks that will provide you steady energy throughout the day and help you avoid that sugar crash. You’ll feel productive and overall feel healthier.