Wouldn’t it be great if you felt energized, enthused and excited about work every day? When you love what you do it’s a lot easier to feel that way, but even those of us who love what we do have down days from workplace stress or times when our energy runs low.
Low energy can be from feeling physically tired, working too hard or from career burn out. Burn out can occur from being under chronic stress and show up as physical symptoms like headaches or stomach aches, psychological symptoms like drinking alcohol to cope, and mental and emotional symptoms like being unable to concentrate or focus. If you’re not busy or challenged enough at work it can be just as stressful as being too busy.
Whenever you feel like you’re stuck in the doldrums and need a pick-me-up here’s some tips to help:
1. Shift into the Positive
“In order to perform at our best we must access pleasant and positive emotions, enjoyment, challenge, adventure and opportunity.” – Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz The Power of Full Engagement.
Positive emotions, which include feeling self-confident, in control and socially accepted, fuel greater performance. A Gallup study found employees who feel cared for by a supervisor or someone at work, regularly receive recognition and praise, and are encouraged in their career development are more productive. Loehr and Schwartz found “any activity that is enjoyable, fulfilling and affirming tends to prompt positive emotions. … the key, we have found, is making such activities priorities and treating the time that you invest in them as sacrosanct.” So find an enjoyable activity to shift your mood.
Spread some positivity. Be the initiator and give someone you work with some positive feedback. Brighten their day and watch for more positive feedback to come your way as a result. The rule of reciprocity says what you give usually comes back to you, maybe even when you need it most!
2. Get Moving
“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” – Martha Graham
Have you ever noticed how going for a short walk in nature can lower your stress and open your mind to possibilities? Taking a break is a great way to reduce stress and to improve productivity. Research shows getting away from your desk, your project, whatever is consuming you and allowing your mind to “float” may actually give your brain the space it needs to come up with the brilliant or creative solution you’ve been searching for.
3. Get Inspired
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Berthold Auerbach
In his recent post, Dave Kerpen shared 21 Songs to Inspire You at Work. Just listening to some music can shift your energy and your mood! Give it a try!
What do you do get more positive energy flowing, be more productive and enjoy your life? Comments welcomed!
Linda Hardenstein, MPA, PCC is a certified coach and accomplished career strategist with extensive experience serving hundreds of professionals by leading them to discover their authentic career path. She provides the tools you need to land a satisfying job, up your energy and achieve your career and life goals.