Here we are again at the start of another week! Will you drag yourself into work at a job you despise (or dislike immensely) or maybe you are waking up dreading another week of networking and chasing after posted jobs? Wishing it all away won’t work. Ignoring it won’t make it better. Don’t you owe it to yourself to enjoy life? Here are some suggestions for how you can turn your outlook around!
Get Out of Your Rut!
Change your routine, mix it up by driving a new way to work or wake up early and take a walk. Bring your favorite food for lunch or eat outside. Watch a different news station or don’t bother getting the news today at all. Whatever pattern of habit you are in, switch it up. Do everything differently.
Put Others First
Focus on the needs, wants or desires of someone else. This might mean helping a co-worker with a deadline, letting a car cut in front of you in traffic (without wanting to flip them off), bring a treat to a meeting, find an organization where you can volunteer your time.
Reach Out to an Old Friend
Pick up the phone or email a friend you haven’t talked with in a while. Recall happy memories and shared experiences… just because!
Laugh a Little
Rent a comedy or watch a funny sitcom. Be sure it makes you laugh!
Do What You Love Doing
Whatever it is you love to do, create time in your day or week to do it at least once! It could be gardening, taking in a baseball game, yoga or an infinite number of other things. Go do it!
Try Something New
Eat a new type of food, read a new genre of book, take up a new sport to watch or play, listen to new music, find a new coffee shop or restaurant.
Move forward out of your slump by adding and subtracting things so you can find the right mix and feel rejuvenated, refreshed and have a new outlook!
I would love to hear what you plan on doing this week, leave a comment!
FYI: Journaling is a great way to reprogram your brain! I’ve just launched “Blue Sky Day”, a journal with 52 photos of blue skies, inspirational quotes and prompts to help you write about what really matters to you! You can learn more about it here or order your copy here.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.