Tips for staying happy and healthy at work
Posted on 17 February 2016 by Leonie Satori
How do you deal with challenging co-workers? Many of us have been in a work situation where another staff member is overbearing, inconsiderate or just plain rude. Coping and dealing with frustrating co-workers can drain your energy, affect your life outside of work and influence your self confidence.
The following is a list helpful tips for managing your energy and gaining a balanced perspective in the workplace:
Focus on the positive, even if it is the minor details of having a secure job and income. Energy flows where attention goes; if we focus on negatives in our environment we are giving those negatives our energy, which in turn gives this more significance in our lives.
Don't try to change your co-workers: accept others for their differences and their own situation in life. What you CAN do is change your attitude to the people around you, find compassion and forgiveness for those who do not understand how you feel or how their actions and/or words affect you.
Do not indulge other peoples emotional and personal issues at work. Whilst they may wish to “vent” their frustrations or discuss their own personal problems, do not engage, find solutions, or try to help them – you are at work to work to earn money to pay your bills. You can create your own personal armour by visualising yourself in a safe environment; you may wish to imagine yourself in a pink fluffy cloud, some medieval armour, or an Armadillo's shield – the more detailed you can make your imagined protection, the better.
Use crystals, trinkets, or personal items to provide protection from negative environments – crystals such as amethyst, smoky quartz and rose quartz can help to protect your energy from negative influences, while amber resin worn directly on the skin can calm the mind. Empower your chosen trinket or gemstone with the ability to ground you into a space where you feel safe, calm, and protected in your work environment. Keep your trinket or crystal on you at all times when you are at work, either in your pocket or worn on your skin.
Observe your previous patterned behaviours for coping with pressures in your work environment and work towards establishing healthier behaviours by incorporating the above techniques. Visualise yourself consciously acting rather than “reacting” in challenging work situations to help prepare your physical body for the changes you are manifesting.
Sometimes as a stress response people respond with eating. In a work situation there may not be another suitable outlet you can escape with. If food does become the way to respond, ensuring a supply of healthy snacks can stop you resorting to junk food. Having some nuts, seeds, carob pods, liquorice sticks, crisp breads, flax crackers, veggie sticks or other healthy choices means you can indulge and have a good chew without loading up on calories and fat.
Make use of your lunch break or journey to and from work to get some exercise. Physical activity can help to clear the mind and take the focus away from minor work related issues. Exercise also helps with the production of endorphins, which help with reducing stress levels and anxiety.
Ultimately, we are all products of our environment, however, if we can change our attitude, perception and reactions to environmental influences and other people, we improve our health, well being and happiness.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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