Dealing with a Dip at Work? Here are 8 Ways to Bounce Back
One thing you can bank on is that there will be times on the job where the going gets tough. You feel down. Tired. The hours feel like days. The days feel like weeks. When your alarm clocks rings, you dread getting up. Work has become torturous.
No matter how much you might love your job, these dips are inevitable. How do you beat the work blues and start whistling a happy tune again? Here are eight ways to push through those inevitable dips, re-energize and emerge stronger.
1. Find the source of the negativity and address it.
Is it a general malaise or is there something on your mind that's bumming you out? If it's something specific, figure out the source and deal with it. By having that difficult conversation or by crossing off that "won't die" task on your To Do list, you'll feel better.
2. Get some exercise.
A great way to beat the work blues and get those endorphins pumping is to get your body moving. Go for a run. Hit the gym. Play some tennis. Ride your bike. Do something to break a sweat that puts a smile on your face.
Spending just ten minutes meditating can have a huge impact on your state of mind, leaving you feeling refreshed and energized. I do it daily with the help of Headspace, an easy to follow guided mediation program. You can find it in the App Store. Amazing how "just sitting" can change your whole mental outlook.
4. Spend some time outdoors.
There is nothing better to help put things in perspective and recharge the batteries than spending some time in nature. Whether it's a hike in the mountains or just a walk around the block, a little fresh air works miracles.
5. Take on a project where you'll learn something new.
Is the problem that you're stuck in a rut? Cure the boredom and rekindle the fire by taking on an exciting new project where you can challenge yourself and learn something new.6. Take a yoga class.
This one comes from my college roommate who's a busy eye surgeon. After a tough day in the OR, he sometimes feels exhausted and down. He finds a yoga class helps relieve the stress, is good for both mind and body, and rejuvenates him. Namaste.
7. Catch a comedy.
Laughter is the best medicine. Head for the theater to catch the latest comedy film or revisit one of your old favorites on Netflix.
8. Go for a "get away" weekend.
Nothing works better at beating the blues than getting out of town. A weekend away could be just what the doctor ordered to help you get back on track. If you can't get away, a fun "staycation" doing something you love around town might just do the trick.
No matter what strategy you adopt to beat the blues, here's hoping tomorrow is a brighter day.