Improve Your Mood at Work

Whether single, married, divorced or widowed, we still need to get up each day and head to work. Sometimes going to work becomes routine, joyless, and even harmful to our health. No matter what your work situation is, there are some simple steps you can take to not only improve your mood at work but your overall wellness.

  1. One of the best things you can do to improve your mood and wellness at work is to smile. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, several studies back up this claim. A simple smile can intensify a person’s pleasure.
  2. We can often get caught up in our current problems but even in the midst of pain, we can and should take the time to find things in our lives to be thankful for; even if it is simply witnessing a beautiful day. If you express gratitude for the good in your life, you focus on the positive rather than the negative which in turn improves your mood and wellness.
  3. The elusive break! How many of you get to your desk or work site only to lose track of time? Before you know it the day is nearly over, and you haven’t once taken time out for a break. Breaks are an important part of reducing stress at work so make it a priority to take a few minutes out in the morning and afternoon. Taking short breaks rejuvenates your brain, eyes and body.
  4. We have all heard it said that laughter is God’s medicine and in this case, yes, laughter can improve your mood at work and according to a study published in the journal of Psychological Science being in a good mood increased creative thinking.
  5. For those of you that have a desk job; how often do you stand up, walk around and stretch? A study by Missouri University found that sitting has a negative effect on fat and cholesterol metabolism. Physical inactivity throughout the day stimulates disease-promoting processes. Standing while talking on the phone or taking short walks around the office can lower these risks and improve your wellness.
  6. There are certain spring days we wish we all could move our desks outside and work but unfortunately for most it is impossible. Research shows that nature is good for our wellbeing. Place some plants around the office where you can see them. Go outside and take a walk on your lunch or breaks. Bringing nature to the workplace improves productivity and reduces blood pressure.

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