Monday Business - 10 Ways to Feel Better at Work Every Day (Part 2)

There are many simple ways to feel better at work every day.

Last week, I shared with you the first 5 of 10 ways you could do so. How did you do? Did you follow through? Did you smile more? I sure hope so!

Without delay, here are 5 more ways to feel better at work:

6) Make healthy choices when dining out

Drink water instead of soda and send the breadbasket back. Avoid fried food and order a grilled chicken sandwich instead of a fried one.

7) Drink water

The standard advice from nutritionists is to drink 64 ounces, or 8 cups of water, a day. Drink more water in hot weather and if you're physically active. To remember to drink water throughout the day, keep a bottle of water in your bag, your car and in your workplace. And to keep count of how much water you drink, put an elastic around your bottle or glass of water each time you finish it (1 elastic = 1 cup of water). 

8) Set work/home boundaries

It's important to try to leave work behind when your workday has ended. Prioritize enjoying your time - your agenda isn't just for work. Schedule "fun time" and "Me time". Give yourself a few minutes to switch gears when you get home. Take a shower, change your clothes, anything that marks the end of the workday and the beginning of the rest of your day before your jump into your home routine. Plan activities at home or with friends and family that will add balance to your day.

I always arrive late at the office, 

but I make up for it by leaving early.” ― Charles Lamb

9) Practice deep breathing

Focusing on your breathing and practicing deep breathing exercises helps relieve tension and stress. Here's how to do it: stand in a comfortable position, with good posture so that your stomach is not compressed. Put one hand over your belly button. Now breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose, letting your stomach expand as much as possible. Hold your breath for a few seconds, then exhale slowly. You may need to make a conscious effort to relax your stomach muscles as you breathe in. When you've relaxed your stomach muscles and this deep breathing is working, your hand on your stomach will rise and fall about an inch with each breath. After just three or four breaths, you should feed the calming effect through your whole body.

10) Talk yourself into feeling good

Optimism is a skill most of us can learn. It just takes practice. When you're having a bad day at work, tell yourself "This is an opportunity to grow, learn and practice patience." Keep a gratitude journal. In the morning, say "Today is a great because (fill in the blank)". Repeat "I feel better." Most of the time, if you tell yourself you feel better, you do.

Call to action: commit to something, even a small one, to make your work day better. You deserve it:)

Enjoy your day! To your prosperity,



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