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What to Do When You Feel Gloomy at Work

What to Do When You Feel Gloomy at Work

Sometimes, we just feel gloomy — at work or at home. You may love your job and the work you do but still find yourself feeling down once in a while. It’s OK.

According to lifestyle expert Deepak Chopra, “We live in a society where a high value is placed on being positive. Yet sometimes this simply isn’t possible, and people find themselves facing temporary or long-term sadness.” Often, our co-workers or family will say, “Cheer up!” or “Be positive,” when this just doesn’t seem like something you can do.

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So, what can you do when you’re feeling sad? Go home and watch TV all day? You may want to — and you may need a day to do just that — but there are other ways to cope that can help you get through the sad times.

1. Identify Your Sadness

Try and figure out just why your feeling down. According to Chopra, there are three types of sadness: short term, triggered and depression. Short-term sadness might begin when we are stressed, bored, lack sleep or lack stimulation. Triggered sadness happens when someone we love dies or you find out a friend is very ill. Depression is when you can’t cope with something you could normally cope with — as might happen after a death in the family. It goes on for a very long time and affects your life in multiple ways. Identifying the cause of your gloomy mood will help you cope with it and eventually get over it.

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2. Take a Quick Break

If you find yourself unhappy at work, for whatever reason, take a break. Perhaps your boss just hollered at you, or you did something wrong and can’t get past it. Whatever happened, take a break for a half hour — maybe more if you can. Go outside and take a walk. Do a few jumping jacks. Run. Stretch. Call a friend. Do all of these things, or just one or two. Then go back to work and try and focus on the things about your job you do well or like best. Getting involved with a project that you feel you excel at can help you break the doldrums and center yourself.

3. Focus on Your Dreams

Maybe this isn’t the job for you. If you find yourself feeling sad or down at your job often, then perhaps you need to do something else. What is it you’re dreaming about when you’re not focusing on your work? Are you thinking about owning a restaurant or a bookstore? Writing a book? Climbing mountains? Explore ways to make a living doing what you love. Maybe you can work in an outdoor equipment shop that gives mountain climbing demonstrations — or maybe a bookstore. Learn a new skill outside of work that can help you obtain a new job, or look for openings at your current company that might appeal to you more.

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4. List Your Achievements

Take a moment in your lunch break and write out your achievements. Go back to your school days if you have to and start from that spelling bee you won. Include the massive tomato you grew in the garden last year. Reflecting on your better moments and writing them down gives you concrete evidence of your achievements. It’s important in those times when we are feeling low to remember the good things we’ve done, especially if we recently failed at something at work. This can go a long way toward feeling better about yourself and your future.

5. Set a Goal

Maybe you’re sick of this job. Maybe you’re tired of working there or you’re tired of your current circumstances, or whatever. Whatever the reason you’re feeling down, if you set a goal for yourself — a single, motivating goal — you can get past the feeling of gloom. Get excited by your new goal and write it down very clearly. If your goal is to lose weight, then set a certain amount of weight you want to lose by a certain day. If your goal is to own a business, then write down what the business is and when you expect your first opening day to be. Be very specific and then get excited to start achieving that goal.

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In the end, we all feel gloomy sometimes — at work and at home. Sometimes you just get over it and sometimes you have to take action. Sometimes we just want to be a little gloomy and that’s OK too. Surround yourself with people who make you happy and remind yourself that life is a long journey filled with good and bad moments. Focus on the good moments and you may find yourself perking up without even realizing it.

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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“What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
“What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
“What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
“What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Everything takes energy

Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

Find something that is worth doing

Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

Other excuses I often hear are:

“But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
“I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
“At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
“Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

Conclusion

Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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