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Sometimes a job can be like a bad lover; you hate it, but can’t get rid of it. Do you have to pep talk yourself before you go to work each day? Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, just going through the motions every day? Are you an entrepreneur who is working a job to fund your dream of business ownership? Poor leadership and lazy co-workers can make your work environment less than favorable to say the least. Work can be draining and the days can drag on as if they will never end. Even if you love your job, it can be stressful at times. Instead of stressing over things you cannot control, here are some things you can do to better deal with the stress from your job. You can positively impact your self-development even if you cannot control your workplace.


Ahh, breathe. Try meditating to help relieve stress at work. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be seated in a lotus position in a garden or somewhere peaceful to meditate. You can take a couple of minutes to meditate anywhere. Simply focus on clearing your mind, slowing your breathing, and calming your soul for just one or two minutes. Of course it would be great if you can get in a longer stretch of time, lotus position and all, but random spurts of meditation throughout the day can be very effective.


Yup, talk to yourself. Sounds crazy? Maybe. But yes, talking to yourself about the awesome things you can do, have done, and will do can help keep you in a good mental space during the day. Telling yourself encouraging things will keep you motivated and upbeat. Remind yourself that you are special, one of a kind and have an abundance of talents. Talking to yourself can help keep you focused on your goals and less concerned with the stressors around you.


Having funds tucked away can help reduce your worry about what would happen if your car breaks down or something else goes wrong. Set aside a few dollars each pay period and allow your savings to build up over time. This also gives you the opportunity to see the fruits of your labor. As a bonus, you will feel great about how adult-like and responsible you are.


Most people overlook the connection between a healthy diet and one’s emotional welfare. Indulging in a bunch of carbs is all fun and games at that moment, but often causes us to feel sluggish shortly thereafter. This is not productive for a work environment. We tend to feel much better when we eat fresh fruits and veggies, and are well-hydrated. Consuming lean protein and low-fat dairy are also good for a healthy diet.


Paying it forward (or back) can give you a dose of happy. It feels good to do something nice for someone, especially if he/she is in need, with no expectation of something in return. You can volunteer at a homeless shelter, or visit sick children and the elderly. You can pay someone’s cab fare or lunch tab. You could help a co-worker with a task, or buy a small gift for your supervisor to brighten his/her day. Doing for others does more for you.


Do something different and adventurous. Fall in love even. Take a risk. Doing something new can give you an adrenaline boost that thrills you. Such a rush can keep you in good spirits at work. Try something new while at work and/or do your routine a little differently. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be good for you, and you should do it as often as possible. It can result in new learning experiences and opportunities.


For some people, a job is a necessary evil. However, you can make an effort to ensure that you are happy while working towards your goals. You are responsible for your own happiness.

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