Our daily routines and even future have been altered after the pandemic. Which may put our mental health at risk along with our physical well-being.
So what are there things that we can do on our own to safeguard ourselves and our mental health? How to be more resilient, cope with stress, protect our sense of purpose and positivity, and bring ourselves to work despite the unpredictability?
Striking a balance between personal needs and professional obligations is essential if we are to maintain our sense of well-being. In this article, we will try to discuss what can help you to stay happy at both work and life.
What makes you happy in life?
Knowing what a good life means to you
According to a research made by psychology today, there are three types of people: those who prioritize happiness, those who prioritize meaning, and who enjoy richness. Let me define these terms in the context of work.
• A person seeking happiness may prioritize a cruising job. They usually a low-stress environment. It is likely that whether they like their coworkers and have fun at work is a high priority. They most likely prefer not to think about work during their leisure time.
• Someone who prioritizes meaning is concerned with the greater good and/or having personally meaningful experiences. They want their work to closely reflect their values.
•Who enjoy richness are the ones who enjoy a wide range of experiences. They enjoy new experiences. They enjoy solving complex problems. They enjoy acquiring new skills. They prefer to find novel solutions to problems rather than traditional ones. They dislike too much repetition or consistency.
Put these ideas in order of importance to you. This will assist you in determining what work will make you the happiest and find comfort in it.
Acknowledging the reality of life
The advancement of technology and general improvement in living standards has conditioned us to assume that we are entitled to a stress-free existence. The pandemic has shown us that the only things that are certain in life are death and suffering. Suffering is always there, whether great or small, but it is often hidden because we don’t always know about other people’s suffering or share our own. Understanding that change and loss are constant companions can help soften the blow of disappointment when they inevitably arise.
Experiencing negative feelings is to be expected if suffering is inevitable. Being happy does not necessitate everlasting bliss. Even the happiest people experience sadness occasionally. To find lasting fulfillment, one must develop a tolerance for unpleasant experiences.
A person’s personal boundaries are the rules, restrictions, and limits they establish for the actions and interactions of others with them. Boundaries help define an individual by outlining their likes and dislikes and the distances they allow others to approach them. Setting limits helps keep relationships and, more broadly, your life, on track. It takes skill to establish and maintain limits.
Self-care involves establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries. Defining limits helps us avoid feelings of exhaustion, exploitation, or intrusion in our lives and in our workplace.
Boundaries allow us to prioritize our own well-being by allowing us to gracefully decline offers and responsibilities that would otherwise be too much. Poor boundary setting can lead to resentment, anger, and burnout in both professional and personal contexts.
Doing activities that boost your energy
If you want to stay healthy while you work, it may help to participate in social and productive activities you enjoy, like taking an art class, joining a hiking club, or volunteering in your community.
The number of steps you take each day is only one component of an active lifestyle. Doing things that are rewarding to you and good for your mind, body, and soul are essential components of happiness.
What makes you happy at work?
Liking what you do
When you enjoy what you do for a living, you won’t look at it as a chore but rather as something you can choose to do. You’ll have a lot of fun and experience great joy as you accomplish your goals and acquire new abilities.
It’s natural to feel conflicted or inept about some aspects of your work. You can, however, come to appreciate the satisfaction of progressing at the tasks that come with a role. When we accomplish something we didn’t particularly look forward to, we will definitely feel satisfied afterwards.
The quality of your life improves in countless ways when you do work that you enjoy and are good at. It is proven that a person’s dependability and focus improve when they have a passion for their work. When you’re in this mindset, you’re able to think more clearly, solve problems more quickly, and generate new ideas with ease.
If you improve your performance, you can expect greater rewards from your employer and a greater sense of personal accomplishment. On the other hand, if you enjoy your work and are content in your career, you are more likely to make healthy choices in your personal life, which in turn reduces your risk of developing physical and mental health problems.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.Albert Schweitzer
Sticking to a routine
The freedom of having a loose schedule can make it hard to get up and get going in the morning. Yet, it’s been shown that remote workers reap significant benefits from maintaining a regular schedule. More restful sleep, reduced stress, and more efficient use of time are just a few of the many ways in which establishing and sticking to routines can improve your health.
Unfortunately, sometimes those who work from home may quickly learn that the lack of structure and companionship can take a mental toll.
According to verywellmind feelings of unease can be compounded by a lack of routine and structure, which can then lead you to focus more intently on the origin of your difficulties. New York University School of Medicine clinical assistant professor and psychologist Rachel Goldman, PhD, says that “if people don’t have structure and are sitting around with less to focus on, then they also probably will find themselves thinking about the stressful situation more,” which can increase feelings of tension and anxiety.
Therefore, keeping yourself on a routine and consistent schedule can help you break the cycle of stress that leads you to dwell on the causes of your anxiety.
Having a sense of belonging
When people feel like they belong at work, it’s because they know their individuality is respected and appreciated. To feel like they belong somewhere, a person must have a series of positive experiences over time. This allows them to relax and be themselves while at work.
Belonging is not simply that employees feel appreciated for the work they do or the role they play in the organization – belonging runs deeper.
Workers who are accepted as “insiders” and who are allowed to be themselves in the workplace report higher levels of satisfaction with their jobs. A lack of a sense of community can make workers doubt their value to the company and inhibit their ability to express their true selves on the job.
Taking time off when needed
As mentioned before, If you work from home, it might be harder to set boundaries and stop thinking about work. It might be a good idea to keep as much distance as possible from your work desk at home when you’re not working. Creating routines that look like a normal office job can also help.
Taking short breaks has been shown to be effective, especially when working from home, getting up to grab a drink or take a walk can give you the mental and physical energy you need to get back to work. Try to refrain from doing anything that will tax your brain or cause you undue stress during this time, and instead devote it to meditation, easy reading, or casual conversation with your loved ones.
How to be happy at both?
Being happy at work and in life has become more than just having a work-life balance with remote or hybrid working styles; it has become more of a work-life harmony.
Your life is like an orchestra, and you are the maestro! You should be the one to decide how much time you devote to your life and career. You know what kinds of breaks you prefer and what you enjoy doing during them. In life and at work, you can explore and make new connections. Attend any social events at work and be genuine with your colleagues, having genuine discussions that you cannot have remotely.
Socializing in person is preferable to socializing on any social media platform. You control all of the variables and must devise the equation that best suits your needs.
You are your own boss at both life and work!
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