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10 Ways to Be Happier at Work

Monday, September 09, 2013

Workplace stress often contributes to unbearable anxiety for me – it’s one of the biggest reasons I’ve held four jobs over the past two years. It’s also one of the biggest reasons I started focusing on changing what I eat – in the hopes it can help me tackle how I handle anxious moments without brushing up my resume and scouring job boards ( ).

So far, I feel pretty good in my current job – but there are still those moments that have me second-guessing whether I’m cut out for it. It’s been a rocky road trying to go Wheat Free for an extended period of time, so I can’t make a ruling on its influence on my anxiety just yet.

In the meantime, I found this article from Shape Magazine: 10 Ways to Be Happier at Work without Changing Jobs

One of the suggestions included making things routine – like what you have for breakfast, what time you take your coffee break, etc. The idea is that you only have so much brainpower to use in a day. By making basic decisions more automatic, you reserve that brainpower for more critical thinking. This strategy is also in line with what I just recently read in Bread is the Devil and the “phase eating” approach – by alternating between the same breakfasts and lunches, you take away some of the obsessive, mentally draining behaviors surrounding dieting.

They also suggest writing down five things you appreciate. I’ve definitely seen this mentioned elsewhere, whether it’s expressing gratitude for three things upon waking up or recounting positive events before your head hits the pillow at night. This seems like a good practice in achieving a happier state overall – not just in the workplace – I just need to find a way to make it as routine as what I have for breakfast.

So here are five non-food things I appreciate today:

1. Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon – It’s exactly two months from today ( ). What could be happier than a run at Disney?

2. My Job – There’s a level of security I enjoy knowing I’ll be getting a paycheck at the end of the week, some money for my retirement account, support for charities I work with, and other cool benefits. Without my job, I couldn’t do things like go to Disney World.

3. Summer to Fall Transition – Provides perfect weather for running outdoors and keeps me motivated for half marathon training.

4. The Nest of Baby Bunnies in the Backyard – My husband found them last week when doing some yardwork. They are only a few days old, eyes closed, tiny ears… just plain adorable.

5. Football Season – I have something to look forward to every weekend when it’s football season!

What are YOU appreciating today?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WOUBBIE 9/9/2013 10:33PM

    My kids. Drive me crazy, but they're still awesome.

My DH. Same thing.

My job. Drives me crazy, not so awesome, but it's a really nice environment and the compensation is pretty decent.

September. The only thing lovelier than September in Pennsylvania is June in Pennsylvania.

I have 2 kids, so that makes 5! emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/9/2013 10:33:35 PM

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