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week of happiness at work #WeekofHappinessatWork

How has your #WeekofHappinessatWork been?

Friday afternoon! Yay!  

How has your #WeekofHappinessatWork been?

That makes it sound as though that’s it, no more happiness at work.  Obviously, that is so not the intention of this week.  We want every week to be a week of happiness at work.  This may seem unattainable to some, but there are things you can do.

And in all honesty, even at the happiest of workplaces, there are bound to be days where things don’t go your way. So what then? How do you deal with that?

It’s all about resilience, dealing with your emotions, emotional intelligence. 

This week started very badly for me.  I started tired, got up late on Monday, and a personal disappointment that day put me in a bad mood.  A very early start on Tuesday made me even more tired and my exercise regime suffered.  Alright, I did none on Monday or Tuesday.  Healthy eating went out of the window.  And work productivity slowed right down.  Just goes to show how much being tired screws things up.

But I rescued my week.  Want to know how?  Here’s my top five tips on how to get out of this kind of funk.  Using one or more of these at work can help you to feel happier in a very short time.

Get some exercise

On Monday I missed my walk.  On Tuesday I missed the gym, although I did manage about 5k steps getting to a meeting and back.  By Wednesday I was thoroughly fed up.  So I made myself go to the gym.  I did half an hour of weights and then some intervals on the rower.  Big tick for feeling happier. 

If you’re not a regular exerciser, just take a 10 – 15 minute walk, after lunch is good.  In a park or green area is helpful, but even if you’re in a busy street, the movement will lift your mood.

Take some time to yourself

Reading is my favourite thing when I need to recharge, but relaxation – sitting in a park if the weather is kind, meditation, get a manicure in your lunch break….

Nourish your body

Eat your favourite healthy meal.  Or sometimes, your favourite treat.  Cake, chocolate, bread, cheese, whatever it is.  (Not alcohol, not in the workday anyway). If you go for the healthy option, feel the virtue of this.  If you go for something else, be mindful as you eat it.  Don’t stuff it down. For Friends fans, like Phoebe’s psychiatrist boyfriend Roger said to Monica about the cookies, ‘Remember, they’re just food, they’re not love.’  Sit down, make an occasion of it.  Enjoy every mouthful.

Catch up with a friend

Take a short break from what you’re doing and have some social interaction with someone whose company you like.

Reflect on how far you’ve come

Sometimes, giving yourself permission to slow down means you get more done. 

By Wednesday, I‘d decided that getting to the gym was enough for that day.  But if I look back over this week, I’ve

  • Written and published five posts, including this one
  • Read two books – one for #abookinfiveminutes review, one a friend has written and provided feedback, and started a third
  • Had lunch with my daughter and her baby
  • Been to the gym when I didn’t want to go
  • Booked a session with a trainer to revitalise my training programme
  • Had a productive and enjoyable meeting with a new potential partner

​​Another friend did the same – decided she was going to stop and take the afternoon off.  And in doing so had a new idea for a business project, which she made a start on.  Sometimes the space to slow down leaves room for other great things.

How about you? What’s your favourite thing to do to lift your mood at work when it’s not going well?

About the Author Lindsay Milner

Lindsay is the owner of Silvern Training. Before that she had a very varied working life, doing everything from admin, volunteering, sales, teaching, training, fundraising, management and chairing a board of charity trustees. Now wants to change the world of work by improving workplace cultures so that people can look forward to Monday mornings. Also likes to support individuals to speak up, be better listeners and to take action.

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