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Work Moods

On21/ 01 /15

Boost Your Mood

Our moods can influence all aspects of our lives, including the time we spend at work. They can impact our creativity, consistency and overall work performance. Moods can also be ‘contagious’, quickly affecting those around us.

It’s perfectly normal to experience varying moods; after all, we’re all human. Nevertheless, it can be helpful to understand how to manage them.

Here are our top tips to help boost your mood and get the most out of your working day.

1. Make a plan

First of all, make sure you plan your working day. Planning not only gives us more control over our workflow, but can also help us to get more done.

Task completion activates our natural reward mechanisms, which can quickly lift our mood. So try to plan your day to allow you to complete as many tasks as possible.

Identify some smaller jobs that you can complete fast and add these to your daily schedule. At the same time, try not to put off difficult tasks. Instead, break them down into manageable steps and tackle them first thing – this will leave you feeling empowered for the rest of your day.

2. Eat for energy

The food we eat is one of the biggest influencers on our moods. Many of us snack on sugary foods causing as to feel ‘ups and downs’ throughout our working day.

Instead, try to eat ‘slow release’ foods consistently throughout the day. Have a good breakfast, and keep healthy snacks on hand to keep your energy levels up. Opt for fruit or nuts and avoid crisps and chocolate and the accompanying sugar highs and lows.

3. Get enough sleep

This might sound obvious; however getting enough sleep has a significant effect on our moods. If we are tired, it affects our ability to function effectively and can make us snappy and irritable.

Studies have shown that a lack of sleep not only increases our negativity, but also decreases our ability to regulate those feelings. This means that those around us will soon be feeling the effects!

Obviously, this can be hard for those with young families, however where possible try to get as much shut eye as you can!

4. Get Outside

Ensure you take regular breaks and try to get outside if you can.

It is easy to get into the habit of eating your lunch at your desk, however this can leave you feeling sluggish. A change of environment is likely to renew your energy and re-invigorate your mood. What’s more sunlight, fresh air and exercise can be natural mood enhancers. So try getting outside, even just for a short walk.

5. Avoid Rushing

Many of us spend a good proportion of our lives, rushing from one place to the next. However, rushing can quickly put us in a negative mood that impacts our whole day.

So, ensure you wake up early to avoid chaotic morning routines and leave plenty of time for your journey. It can also help to prepare your clothes and lunch the night before. Ideally you want to arrive at work calm, relaxed and ready to start your day.

6. Be Aware

Self-awareness is key when it comes to managing our moods at work. With an understanding of the causes, we can avoid the potential triggers that may lead to poor moods in the first place.

Equally, we can identify actions to improve our mood and achieve the most resourceful mind-set. This requires an open mind and a willingness to make changes, however it can quickly benefit you both personally and professionally.

If you are looking for career advice or just an informal chat, Bucks and Berks are here to help. Upload your CV or contact us to speak to a member of our friendly team today.
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