Oh to be 20-something carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. I know you may not believe me when I say life gets better, but it does. Hard work, dedication and a whole bunch of paying dues and patience are promised to open the golden gates of success and opportunity. But until then, stop spending your days sulking at your dead end job, and self-sabotaging your dreams! Your life isn’t as bad as you think, and in case it is… here are eight tips to help get you through those dreadful work days.
1. Start Your Day With A Clear Mind
In case you thought meditation was some floozy Zen technique that Russell Simmons created; you’re sort of right, but mostly wrong. Meditational techniques are necessary in establishing some sense of peace and sanity to our over theatrical 20-something lives (esp if we want to see age 30)
Spiraling into MENTAL OVERLOAD is extremely real ladies, so before you kick-start your work day, go for a cleansing morning walk. Gain some clarity and drown out any bad noise before you walk into your office.
2. Stop Complaining About Your Problems and Start Making Them Better
Find an open gap in your schedule or try to score an extra 15-minute lunch break to work towards your dream. It’s not enough to just want it. And if you’re waiting for someone to Fed-Ex you your dream job? Good Luck!
Do you want to be a writer? Photographer? Or just have a plan to walk the hell up out of that job? Utilize your free time; Make your problems better by being proactive. Write in that blog you abandoned a year ago, pin a few photographs that inspire you, and network with different types of people. All of the resources are available to machinate your next move.
3. Be The Fun One
Long live the days where we have to be a straight face functioning robot throughout the day. It’s totally okay to make an effort to get even your most uptight coworkers to have fun at work.
Read and send out funny articles to your coworkers, or start a daily 30-second dance party with a few coworkers. Maybe you can even get your boss to agree to a Friday martini hour.
Come up with semi-professional ideas to make work life more fun and less miserable.
4. Go Ahead, Drink The Pain Away
Student loan reminders may stand in the way from middle fingering our 9-5 gigs, but until we mustard up the courage to run away, there is a liquid remedy to cure those problems. Think about it this way—if you quit your job, you wouldn’t be able to afford those amazing $5 happy hour specials!
5. Talk Behind Their Backs
Just the thought of your boss calling on you for her next needy demand drives you up a wall! And we all hate the coworker who can’t refrain from over-talking or lashing out sly remarks? In cases like this, sometimes the best person to vent to is YOU. The moment you want to scream, run to a safe place (bathroom, car, etc.) and use your phone to record your private venting session. This is your moment to go off on everything you hate. It helps to get it all out in video to replay it back for when that same anger recycles. Plus, you’re not accidentally saying too much to the wrong person.
7. Get A Hobby!
This may not be the “cool” thing to do when we’re dwelling amongst a generation that abides by a code to work ourselves tirelessly, but guess what? There is a big life outside of work! It may feel like your career is the only department that you need to invest in right now, but stop panicking, and start trusting that you’ll get there.
Make it a priority to adopt a fun little hobby. Enroll in an art class, take up a sport, sign up for karate, or do some volunteer work. Whatever your interests, you’ll feel good about yourself when you have stress-free things to help you relax and look forward to after work.
8. Feel Encouraged And Encourage Others
Every morning a good friend of mine sends out encouraging and uplifting affirmations. Before drowning in work emails, reading motivational words instantly puts me in my happy place, which typically makes for the most productive moments. Instagram is full of those self-proclaimed philosophers. Digest a whole bunch of motivational quotes, adopt a theory, and truly start believing that things will get better. Your thoughts determine your reality so make them as positive as can be.