"So, I’ve been thinking about this whole being happy thing, and I feel like people get lost when they think of happiness as a destination. We’re always thinking that someday we’ll be happy; we’ll get that car or that job or that person in our lives that will fix everything. But happiness is a mood, and it’s a condition, not a destination. It’s like being tired or hungry, it’s not permanent. It comes and goes, and that’s okay. And I feel like if people thought of it that way, they’d find happiness more often.” – One Tree Hill
When It’s One of Those Days…
Not every day is going to be the best day ever – not even close. And some of those days will just be downright cruddy. If you're not feeling it – that's okay. If you're feeling down and have to be in the office, here are a few things you can try:
Finish as many tasks on your to-do list as you can in 15 minutes. Relish in that sense of accomplishment for a minute and then use that momentum to start on a more daunting task. Sometimes when you're feeling down every little task can seem overwhelming – prioritize.
Be kind to yourself. Negative self talk can seem second nature when you're just not feeling it. Psychology Today suggests getting curious about your relationship with stress and relaxing any unrealistic standards or expectations you may have of yourself. Sadness and stress are temporary. You won’t feel those emotions forever. Give yourself some grace on the days that are a little harder.
Make small changes such as going to bed an hour earlier, letting sunlight into the office if you can, keeping a healthy snack stash in your desk drawer, or going for a walk during your lunch break. Sometimes something as simple as getting a little Vitamin D and releasing those endorphins can lift your spirits.
Consider reaching out to someone – whether that be a close confidant, your HR department, or a therapist. Your mental health is important. Treat it as such.