Stuck in a job you hate?
Keep getting passed over for promotions or raises?
Unable to kick-start your stalled job search?
Feeling blue about work-related troubles is certainly natural, but it's not productive. In fact, negative thoughts can undermine your self-worth, derail your performance in an interview or stifle your job growth.
Great employers hire and promote great people – ones who are happy, positive and confident. So if you're feeling defeated, depressed or unmotivated about an aspect of your work life, turn things around! Use these tips to shake off the blues – and start seeing some green:
Work on your world view.
If you're a "glass half-empty" kind of person, look yourself in the mirror and acknowledge the negative effects your pessimism has on your career. Then, resolve to have a more positive outlook by searching for the good in every situation. Change won't happen overnight, incremental improvements in your world view will greatly enhance your well-being in time.
No matter what's getting you down at work, daily exercise and fresh air provide a remarkable buffer against the blues. Physical activity releases "feel good" chemicals in your brain that bolster attitudes, increase energy levels and improve focus. Every minute you spend moving your body is a minute spent boosting your mood.
Harness the power of visualization.
A study from Yale shows that if you visualize a goal your subconscious will keep you working towards it – even if you are not aware that you are doing so. So if you want to change your employment situation for the better, visualize your goal and let your subconscious work on it:
- Define your goal. Make it specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely.
- Grab a paper and pen and draw a "map" to your goal, visually representing the steps you need to take and the milestones you will hit along the way. It sounds a little corny, but this physical map creates a clear picture in your subconscious about what you want – and how to get it.
- Set aside a few minutes each day to recap your progress and visualize yourself actually achieving your goal. Doing so will keep you motivated to move forward, even when you're feeling blue.
Create a negativity-free zone.
Read positive articles and books. Surround yourself with upbeat people. Banish "doom and gloom" media on your TV and social feeds (even if it's just for a few days). Exposing yourself to more positive messages creates a protective zone of optimism that will make you a happier person (and primed for that new job, raise or promotion!).
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