Do you love the job you are doing? Do you feel that somewhere along the line the love has faded and is replaced just by necessity, only because it helps take care of your bills! It may be the Boss, who is doing this to you, or maybe a coworker is making your every move difficult. It could also be that the organisation’s business culture simply hampers your style. If you are doing your own thing, which is very often in the Building Industry, just a very difficult or thankless client may be draining you. Under such circumstances it is not easy to maintain your own energy and enthusiasm.
Here are some tips from the Gallopper team which will not only help, but also allow you to move on with your work unhindered and figure out a way to actually get back the lost love for the job.
- Time out. Whether you must burn a vacation day that you were considering for the holidays or request a personal day (or two or three), find a way to carve out time for yourself. No work days available? Then assess your regularly scheduled “weekend” days and see how you can better make them serve you. Whatever the case, time away from work and from household duties should be front and center as you maintain emotional health during this time out.
- Soak in the sun. While you intuitively know the value of sunshine to emotional and physical health, you may simply forget just “how” vital it is to maintain balance, particularly when you are down. It is amazing the uptick in attitude and problem-solving ability we gain when our spirits are lifted by something as simple and natural as a few rays of sun, which we get plenty of in India except during the monsoons of course.
- Work out. Always a popular tip, and for a good reason, because exercise releases endorphins through your body, producing a euphoric feeling. Exercise has a ripple effect, elevating your mood, helping you maintain a consistently more positive attitude and helping you feel naturally tired at the end of the day, so you sleep better.
- Reach out. Worn out from helming your job search alone? A little secret: job hunting has changed 180 degrees in the past few years. There’s a lot more intellectual legwork involved. Then reach out. Call up a mentor or an esteemed former colleague or other respected business person and seek their counsel. Listen and apply the suggestions even if they feel a bit awkward at first. Do not let pride, stubbornness or a feeling of “I’m not worthy” prevent you from investing time, and/or money in your career goals. Just do it! If you are in business simply networking with people who you like will do the trick.
- Do not go on a self-sacrifice mode. Quit telling yourself, “I should be spending all my non-work time cleaning the house, taking my kids to school, revamping my resume, networking and such.” While all are important tasks, ensure you also are taking time to be kind and nourishing to you (and ultimately in this case, your work). After all, if you fulfill your needs first, then you will be more available and enthusiastic in tending to your other commitments and the needs of your loved ones later.