There are always those weeks where it feels like everything is not going our way. The days feel longer, the work feels harder, and it can become hard to concentrate for most of the day. The good news is that this is normal. We all go through these weeks and days.
Here at Language Marketplace we care deeply about mental health at work. We know that sometimes it’s hard to push through these days, which is why we wanted to share some of our top tips to stay positive during the work week.
Before even starting your day it’s important to have a morning routine that feels good for you. If you don’t already have one, it may take some time to build one that works well with your routines. Take your time and start with one new thing until it becomes a routine.
Having a strong morning routine that has a primary focus on you is going to help you get grounded before you start your day. Some of the best things to add to your routine to achieve that grounded feeling are meditation, exercise, getting outside, or journaling.
By adding these into your routine you’ll be able to start your workday with some self-care and a clear mind, which will improve your productivity.
Focus on Your Why
Getting grounded is always a great start to the workday, but sometimes it’s not quite enough. If you are feeling more on the negative said than the positive side, take some time to focus on your why. Remind yourself why you are doing what you do, why you enjoy it, how it impacts others, and how it’s helping you reach a bigger goal in your life. This is something you can add into your morning routine so that you are remembering it every day but is also a great tool to pull out when you need it most.
One of the best ways to keep your why top of mind is to have it written out and around your workspace. You can post it on a wall, have it laminated on your desk, store in the drawer you open the most or even the background on your computer. Wherever you choose to put it, it’s important to read it as often as you can.
Sometimes being grounded and getting in touch with our why is not enough to kick imposter syndrome or any other negative feeling to the curb. To work through this, one of the best things you can do is introduce positive affirmations. You can say them out loud, write them down in a journal, or even post them in places in your house that you look at the most like your bathroom mirror.
You want to focus these affirmations on negative thoughts that you are currently working on changing. For example, if the negative thought in your mind is “I can’t do this” change it to “I am capable of anything I put my mind to.” These simple changes will help you retrain your mind to believe more in yourself no matter how bad your day is.
The trick is to do these affirmations every day until you truly believe them deep down. You can switch them up as you embody them and need new ones to keep you going!
Take a Break
When all else fails, it’s time to take a break. Sometimes what we truly need is to take a break from our work. For some this can be a small break, for others it may be longer. Whatever it is that you need it’s important to recognize when you need it before you become burnt out.
Don’t be afraid to take a day off to rest your mind if you need it or an extra hour during the day. Taking a step back can help you propel forward and will help protect your mental health.
Throughout your week make sure you are making time for a good morning routine that will make you feel grounded before even starting your day. To keep it going focus on your why and introduce positive affirmations to help work through those harder times. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to take a break when you need it, because your work is not going anywhere.
Overall, always take the time to take care of you before you take care of work. You can’t fill an empty cup from an empty cup!