Try these rituals for a happier work day
If your 9 to 5 is leaving you feeling tired, demotivated and stressed try introducing one or more of these calming rituals to your work day.
Start your day off on the right foot
Getting into the office flustered after a commute, sitting down with one thousand thoughts racing through your mind and diving head first into emails or a meeting is no way to start the day. Introduce a happiness-inducing routine to your morning, even if it means arriving at the office five minutes earlier. Take the time to make a tea, spend your first five minutes reading the news, listening to a favourite song or arrive at the office, put your bag down and head out for a quick stroll to get a coffee. Make the first five minutes of work relaxing and enjoyable and you’ve got more of a chance the rest of the day will follow in the same way.
Create a more mindful to-do list
Rather than putting together a to-do list that is completely task oriented, include things on it like “take a five minute walk around the block”, “make yourself a hot drink”, “take five minutes to yourself to breathe and rejuvenate”. Adding things to the list that are about keeping you focused and giving you time to give your mind a rest can help you look at your day differently. Additionally, write your to-do list in order of how much time each task takes. Put all of the quick tasks up the top with the more time consuming ones further down. That way you can jump between consuming and simple tasks and make sure you tick off those me-time ones too.
Make your desk a little bit beautiful
It’s easy to work when your space is relaxing. A sweetly scented candle, a vase filled with flowers, a framed picture and your favourite quote printed out is all you need to make your desk a little more beautiful. Your desk is your space so let it reflect you with the things that make you feel happy.
Eat well and away from screens
Nothing makes concentration harder than hunger caused by skipping meals. Make sure you eat a variety of colourful veg, protein, complex carbohydrates and fruit during every work day. Take lunch and snack breaks too. Eating in front of the computer does us no favours and can leave our brain feeling seriously drained. Take your lunch outside or simply sit somewhere away from your work desk and make meals quiet time to forget about work for a while.