Have you ever seen a Dilbert comic strip, read it, start laughing and then crying hysterically because you realize that your office is probably the inspiration for it?
Trust me, I have been there and many, many people have to endure the kind of workplace environment that would make even Dilbert look preferable.
So what can you do when your office is soul crushing and getting another job is not quite an option?
- Decorate your office. Whether you’re in cube land or in an actual office with a door, place some items in your space that will remind you of better, happier times.
- Give yourself a break. Take work-free lunches, stretch at your desk or take a walk to give yourself a mental reprieve from your tasks.
- Laugh. Watch the latest cat video for a moment or chat up the funny coworker. (Did you know that laughter helps increase blood flow and reduces stress?)
- Have healthy snacks handy. The last thing you need is to get hopped up on a Snickers bar and then crash when you get home so keep emergency nuts or dark chocolate in your drawer to get you through the day.
- Arrive on time. When you start off your day or meeting frazzled because you are late, it is likely that it will all be downhill from there. Get to your meeting on time and be prepared.
- Say no. Learn to say no. No one will die if you say no. When you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.
- Say yes. (Huh?) Say yes to the challenging project. Say yes to a lunch invite with someone you barely know. Say yes to additional training. Say yes to things that will allow you to grow.
- Do not take everything personally. Office life is an extremely manufactured environment where people are forced to interact with each other in an enclosed space for eight straight hours. Your coworker’s nasty remark may not really be about you. Don’t worry about it.
- Get enough sleep. I can’t emphasize this enough. You are better able to handle stressful situations when you are not exhausted.
- Dress comfortably. (This is not an endorsement to show up in yoga pants though I wish it were). Wear clothes that are work appropriate and comfortable. This will boost your self-confidence and allow you to focus on your work rather than fidgeting in your clothes.
These are only some of the many ways I get through the day. Do you have a tip you would like to share that helps you? Please let us know!