(Black PR Wire) – Work can be fun, but not always. Some of us work in a place that may not ﬁt our personality and sometimes we have so many tasks to complete that we feel overwhelmed. Maybe you’re that person who doesn’t like their job at all and you’re there just to be able to pay your bills and take care of your family. Whatever your situation, work can mean stress.
It’s how you deal with that stress that determines whether you’re surviving or thriving at work and in life.
Here are 7 tips to have a better work week:
1. Make an Attitude Adjustment From the very beginning, adjust your attitude. Let go of last week’s drama, it’s not going to serve you any purpose. It’s not going to help you. It’s not going to help your co-workers. Just let go of last week’s mishaps. Walk in the door with a fresh and positive attitude.
There’s nothing worse than walking through the doors of work and exuding a poor attitude. Whether you realize it or not, your attitude affects your colleagues just as much as it affects you. Set yourself up for success, go in with a fresh attitude.
2. Plan and Prepare
The second thing is to plan and prepare your meals, especially breakfast. Many of us have families and a great deal of our time goes toward getting them together. Mornings can get hectic and it becomes easy to skip breakfast.
It’s very important to start the day by nourishing our bodies. You don’t want to have that mid-morning crash. You don’t want to go hungry and cranky. So just prepare the evening before so you have something to grab and go.
If your day starts to get hectic and stressful, just take the time, take 30 seconds, take one minute just to calm things down and just do some deep breathing. That will help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is your rest nervous system, and it can calm it down. I’m telling you, just breathing can help a lot.
STRESS? It’s how you deal with it
4. Make Your Bed
Yes, make your bed. What do I mean by that? You want to start your day off with a great intention. You want to be able to say, “I’ve accomplished one good thing today.” By making your bed, you accomplish something that’s beneﬁcial to you.
When you look at a clean bed, you feel refreshed, you feel good, and you’re sure to have a pep in your step. Even if you’re day wasn’t the best, when you ﬁnally make it back home at least your bedroom is nice and neat! That’s an indescribable feeling.
5. Get Restful Sleep
We must be intentional about getting enough sleep. Making it through each day isn’t as easy without the right amount of rest. Without it, we go into work feeling tired, fatigued, and grumpy. This leads to poor work performance. We aren’t as productive and are easily distracted.
6. Apologize, Forgive, and Keep it Moving
We’re all human. We make mistakes. If you make a mistake, apologize for it. If someone apologizes to you, forgive them. From there, just keep it moving. It doesn’t help to hold onto grudges. It doesn’t serve anyone in any situation, and after all, there are bigger ﬁsh to fry. There are other things that will come up. So why add to it? Why add to the drama?
The ﬁnal thing is…and I’ll say it a million times…LAUGH! Laugh at yourself. Laugh at a funny situation that happened. Never at the expense of someone else, but ﬁnd something to laugh about. Keep it light. Keep the mood happy. Tell a corny joke. I’m a big fan of corny jokes. Just laugh.
Dr. Deitrick L. Gorman is a board-certiﬁed family practice physician.