20 Ways to Survive (and Even Enjoy) Your Workday

By Kristen K. Brown

When stress sets in at home, it can take its toll at work and vice versa. Below is a list of easy and even fun ideas to make the work day an inspiring opportunity for growth.  You can squeeze in your passions at work and love your job.  It just takes a little creative thinking.

    1. Get the “bad stuff” done first.  The more you procrastinate, the worse those negative tasks will seem.
    2. Send a note to your personal email from your work email with a motivational or relaxing message to open later that night from home. 
    3. Go outside and do something non-work related and absorb some sunshine.
    4. Write a motivational motto to get you through each day – even if it’s a countdown to the end of the day, it will keep your brain moving along.
    5. Have photos of your family and friends around to remind you of the important things in your life.  Don’t be an island alone.
    6. If you can, light a candle or spritz some aromatherapy spray or oil to boost your mood.
    7. Put fun things on your calendar so you have something to look forward to each weekend.
    8. Take a quick break and look at vacation destinations – remind yourself that by working you’re giving yourself the opportunity for travel.
    9. Have a plant or two in your workspace.
    10. Pack a yummy lunch or snack each day.
    11. Do a quick crossword or Sudoku puzzle to stimulate your brain.
    12. During breaks, read a book you love.
    13. Subscribe to online motivational emails.
    14. Listen to your favorite music while you work.
    15. Shut off your phone and close your email for just 10 minutes periodically throughout the day.  Try to extend the length of “unplugged” time every week.
    16. Do desk stretches and aerobics to keep yourself energized.
    17. Take a walk.
    18. Plan a happy hour with a friend or co-worker.
    19. If you need to vent or feel stressed, keep yourself professional and find a place to let out your emotions – in your car, on paper, in an email (that won’t get sent) – just be sure to destroy any evidence and don’t address emails to anyone if you’re venting turns nasty.
    20. Remember it’s just a job, not your life.  Perspective can be a lifesaver on difficult days.

Kristen Brown


Kristen Brown is a widow mom and the founder of WidowMommy.com, an author, entrepreneur, radio host and speaker. Learn more about her and her companies at www.KristenKBrown.com.


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