What are some strategies I can use to become less stressed and more pumped up/excited before I leave for work?
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Consider waking up a few minutes earlier and doing something fun that you truly enjoy, like a puzzle, a video game, a paragraph from a book you're reading, a quick walk, playing with a pet, catching up on the news, or looking at cute youtube videos. Maybe keep a treat by the door for yourself that you can grab on the way out and eat on your way to work. When you have a good morning, reward yourself! When you have a bad morning, be easy on yourself. We aren't perfect, we're human, and recovery is often not a straight line. Good luck and be well.
What always helps me is to think about the positive impact I'm going to have on others-- not only my fellow coworkers, but the people we serve. I think, "Wow, I can't wait to get out there and be a friendly face!" I find that it's easier to be excited for work if you feel that your presence there is meaningful, so consider thinking of strategies to make your presence at work beneficial to someone-- anyone-- even if it means just being yourself, and being the person that everyone can expect to see wearing a smile.
Sometimes taking the time the night before to relax a bit. Always try to make sure that you have time where you are not worried about work. If you are stressed in a morning, then you are probably stressed the night before when you get back from work. Find something that you enjoy and make time for it. That way when you wake up a morning, you will feel slightly less stressed. And never forget, work is the shift, afterwards is your time and you can't do any more workwise, so don't let it worry you. Organise time at work, don't try to do too much, do tasks in a certain space of time, but don't overload because when you, even if you have done a large amount of work, if you haven't finished what you planned, you will still feel stressed. There's only so much you can do, but never let it affect your homelife :)
Instead of just focusing on your "To Do" list for the day, take a moment and think about your "I finished this!" list for the past week. Reflecting on recent successes can be a great motivator.
Meditation to clear off negativity; this being less stressed. Music set to an upbeat mood to be pumped up/excited. And of course DO NOT skip breakfast.
I find the best thing is going to the gym or going for an early morning swim. Fires the positive endorphins in my brain. Makes me feel good about myself so I am ready and raring for work.
Lessen your stress by scheduling all your activities and being optimistic about your schedule. A to do list can be rewarding. Going to work can always be less stressful if you can have a positive outlook on coming home from work afterwards!
Well, to alleviate stress, just try not to think about it so much. It's JUST a job. Yes, a job financially supports you, etc. But don't let it get the best of you, there is a life out side of work. To get pumped up or excited about work, think about all the things you can do and want to accomplish once your finished, relaxing and etc.
Turn on some good music, make coffee and leave plenty of time to get ready so I don't start the day frazzled!
You could try going for a light job or walk for 5-10 minutes and get those endorphins flowing! Listening to a happy music playlist works well too. And don't forget to eat breakfast to beat that lethargic feeling! Good luck :)
That's kind of hard. We all have a negative response to Monday mornings, unless we have a cool job. However, feeling energetic is possible with a balanced diet and exercise. Eat well and don't starve out (seriously, DON'T). You could try doing yoga or take a walk in the morning because heavy exercise would wear you out.
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