We all have those moments at work where we are on the fine line losing it and jumping on the crazy train. Regardless if you have an office job or a more hands on type of position, here are 5 tips that could help keep you happy even at your most stressful moments.
1. Nadi Shodhana or “Alternate Nostril Breathing”.
You might look a little crazy doing this breathing exercise known as Nadi Shodhana or “Alternate Nostril Breathing”. This breathing technique is primarily used in yoga but would be great for you to use when you need to focus or energize.
Just simply hold the right thumb over the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the right nostril. Continue the pattern, inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb, and exhaling through the left nostril.
2. Organize your work space
When’s the last time you went through your drawers or your mound of pens? The majority of them are probably dried out or don’t work. (You’re a pen hoarder and you know it!) Take some time out of your day and go organize and clean your work space. The act of cleaning your desk or work area can help create a sense of purpose and can increase your productivity and quality of your work.
3. Step away from that daunting task
If you have been staring at a computer screen all day or working on a tedious task, step away! Go for a walk, grab a cup of coffee, or make small talk with a co-worker. Stepping away from the task can clear your mind and might even give you a new perspective on the problem. “Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person’s creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking.” -http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/april/walking-vs-sitting-042414.html
4. The early bird gets the worm
Getting to work with time to spare is refreshing. You aren’t rushing around trying to get things started for the day. You can enjoy that cup of coffee, slowly ease in to your work and start the day with a head start. You’ll also score points with your boss.
5. Create a task list
Before you start checking your email, write down your tasks and projects for the day. Writing them down will keep it fresh on your mind, organized, and as you complete a task, mark it off. At the end of the day, review your list. Not only will you see all the tasks you completed, but you will also feel a sense of purpose. Even if you only complete one major task for the day, that’s still better than feeling unorganized and chaotic.
Have you tried any of these tips? How do you keep happy at work?