Have you ever had a rough day at work which ultimately ended up ruining your evening and preventing you from sleeping at night? Even worse, you wake up the next morning feeling unrefreshed which leads to another bad day? Well, I’m sure it happens quite often for a lot of people. It’s definitely happened to me before. Unfortunately, with our busy schedules, it is inevitable that we face times of stress and frustration. The further we push in our careers, the more times this will happen. A large part of our journeys to build our careers is to face these situations head on and figure out ways to get by them. If we want to succeed, it is necessary to face these challenges and come out stronger, wiser, and smarter.
I believe that the key to facing harsh times at work is to find a sense of balance. If you spend ten or more hours during the day just directing your energy towards work, you will feel it. It will wear you down mentally and physically and your work performance will deteriorate. No matter how much you love your job, your performance will suffer. If you hate your job, that deterioration will accelerate. In order to refresh yourself for the next day, you need to find something outside of work to do. You need to exercise another part of your brain. Even if you don’t feel worn down or your work day hasn’t been too bad, it is still important to have other things in your life. Think of it as a preventative measure. Those other things will help you create a more balanced, fulfilling, and satisfying life. If your life is more balanced and satisfying, you will be happier and will be more likely to perform well at work.
So, what are some things you can do outside of work? You can exercise or do something physical to feel better. You can meditate to release your stress. You can spend time with loved ones to take your mind off of work. You can paint or draw if you are the artistic type. I personally like to go grocery shopping and cook something that I would consider a treat. It takes my mind off of the day and allows me to re-energize. To me, nothing is more satisfying than cooking a nice meal, enjoying it with a drink, and listening to some good music. What would the most satisfying thing be for you? Find that and DO it as often as possible. You’ll be amazed at how refreshing spending two hours doing something that you love can be.
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