In a perfect world, we’d always love our jobs. But many of us don’t. The stress of work can get the better of us sometimes and the unhappiness we feel from our jobs can often trickle into our personal lives. While we may want nothing more than to say “I quit” and walk out, that’s not always the right answer. Instead of trying to find ways to walk away from your job, try another approach: learn to be happier. Our unhappiness stems more from out mindsets than from our jobs themselves. Here are 7 tips to becoming happier at work:
Focus on the good things
The hours are too long. Your boss is too demanding. The salary sucks. These are all examples of negative thoughts we focus too much on when it comes to work. In order to find long term happiness at work, you have to address them one by one. But in the meantime, try not to forget about the good things. There has to be something you love about your job. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be there. Think about what you actually like. This will make the day go by faster.
Many of the things you hate about your job can be fixed by simply speaking up. If you’re overworked and overwhelmed, consider talking to your manager about it. You’re a valuable asset to your team and you managers want to keep you happy, even though it might not feel like it. Feel comfortable in addressing your concerns with your boss.
Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It doesn’t mean you can’t do your job. It just means you have too much on your plate. Instead of trying to rush through everything, focus on what you can do and do it well. For the things you don’t have time for, push it aside or ask for your team to give you a hand. You can return the favor later on.
Do more with your personal time
You spend anywhere from 8 to 10 hours of your day at work. That leaves more than half of your day to yourself. If you’re burnt out from work, you may be tempted to just go home and crash. Don’t do it. Instead, do more with your personal time. Schedule activities and meet ups with friends. You’ll have something to look forward to and your work day will go by much faster.
Make friends at the workplace
It’s not always easy to make friends in the workplace. But having one or two people you can talk to at work (aside from your boss) makes your job much more bearable. Try to put yourself out there and make a few friends. You can lean on each other when the work gets tough.
Start a side hobby
Many people don’t find passion in their work but just need to do it to pay the bills. That’s OK. But that doesn’t mean you have to put your personal interests aside. Spend your free time on a hobby or passion of yours. Who knows? It can turn into something much bigger.
Remember, it’s just a job
At the end of the day, remember that your job is just a job. It doesn’t define you. Learn to separate your work life from your home life and don’t take anything personally.