‘The dreaded Monday blues’, hump day, and “Thank God it’s Friday.” These are all sayings we use to describe our work week. Everyone wants more weekends and less work week. I’m almost certain that most of us would enjoy a weekend that lasted forever. Nonetheless, most of us aren’t retiring anytime soon. Until then, we have to find ways to make our jobs more enjoyable.
Work can be challenging and stressful. When you are stressed out, chances are that you will not be very happy while you’re working.
Here are seven ways you can try to stay happy at your job;
Turn up at work with a smile
I know it’s Monday. It’s raining. And to make matters worse, you’re late to work. Don’t allow a rough morning ruin your workday. Take a breath and step through the door with a smile on your face. When you smile, it’s hard not to feel happier. Soon, your work week will be off to a great start.
Be friendly with your colleagues
Being friendly toward your colleagues can help uplift a boring atmosphere. It is always nice to have someone to nod along with as you voice your opinion of those dreaded Mondays. Humans are social creatures. You can build strong connections with your colleagues by getting along with them. These connections help to fulfill that social need.
Avoid working through lunch
Lunch breaks aren’t just created so you can throw some food into your stomach. There’s a reason why your workplace has lunch breaks, and that reason is so you take that time off to give yourself a mental break. If you don’t, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unable to perform. When you’re unable to perform at your best, you won’t feel happy at work. Your break is a time to step away from what you have to do and relax. So do not just sit there working without taking that desired break.
Find something to look forward to at work
If you find something to look forward to at work, you’ll be more excited to go to work. This “something” that you have to look forward to can be a coworker’s birthday cake or a lunch date with a friend. It can be something as simple as a special treat you packed yourself for lunchtime. Having things to look forward to makes any workplace more fun. They will help you stay motivated and focused.
Decorate your workspace
Depending on where you work, you may have the ability to decorate your workspace. This can help make your space your own and help it feel relaxing. If you surround yourself with items that make you happy, you will feel better every day.
Let your coworkers see the real you. It can be hard to be yourself as you are getting to know everyone. You may be nervous that they will not like you for who you are. You may feel as though, in order to fit in, you must change who you are or act differently in front of your coworkers. If you hide who you really are, you may end up feeling trapped. This extra stress won’t help you be happy at work. By being confident in who you are and being yourself from the start, you will tend to be happier at work and in general.
Do something you love
If you do something that you love, you’ll never feel like you’re really working. Sure, some days at any job can still be stressful. However, if you love what you do, then those stressful days will be outnumbered by days in which you feel happy with what you do.
Undeniably, work can be hard, challenging, and stressful. However, there are little ways you can make your workdays more enjoyable. Don’t let the Monday blues get to you. Take your Mondays in stride and enjoy your work week!