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How to Get Through the Work Day

Updated on February 2, 2013
Don't let this happen to you!
Don't let this happen to you!

Tips to Making It At Work

As I get older I find myself becoming more and more intolerant of the day to day grind that comes with my profession. So I began compiling a mental arsenal of the things I need to get me through the day. I thought I’d take the time while I’m in a very important meeting to write a few of them down for you. Matter of fact I’m implementing #5 right as I write.

Start the Day With Your Fave Song

Before you go to work, play your favorite song in the car as loud as you can right up until the moment you take the key out of the ignition. This song will last you for about 3 hours into your day. When someone you don’t like tries to talk to you, play this song in your head. Unbeknownst to them you are drowing out any gibberish that sputes from their mouth. This task requires some skill though because you have to follow facial cues to know when to respond appropriately. This could be tricky if not mastered properly.

Even hum your tune while working. This will either drive others insane trying to figure out what tune your humming or upset someone because you seem to be so damn happy. Either way it’s a win-win for you. Music is a well known mood changer. It has the ability to inspire us, motivate us, help us relax and change our mood for the positive.

Picture Your Way Out of A Bad Mood

When your higher up decides to put one more thing on your plate. Whip out a photo of who or whatever makes you smile. I don’t care if it’s a clown riding on the back of a rhinoceros. If it makes you smile you better break your wrist getting it out. Either that or risk the explosion of the anger that is building inside of you that could potentially cause you to inflict bodily harm to your boss. That won’t go over too well in HR. But having a picture of your loved ones or pets can easily calm you down and remind you of the reason why you are working so darn hard in the first place. Make sure you have these readily available on a tack board in your office, in your wallet, on your phone or in a drawer if your office is coldhearted and doesn’t want you to place “feel good” items out. Sick bastards, if that is the case.

Focus on your Goals

If you have a goal of buying a diamond studded tiara to dazzle yourself in front of the mirror in your spare time or saving up to get those leather chaps with the gold stitching (men, I couldn't leave you out), remember that. This sudden flash of thought can get you through any hardships you may encounter at work. When you are about to blow up at coworker for being what can clearly be seen as a licensed buffoon, close your eyes and focus on the prize. When you know that you are working towards obtaining your goals it calms you down a bit as to where you stop and rethink blowing up because you don’t want to lose your source of income.

Fill Your Nostrils with Happy Thoughts

Heavenly aromas can soothe the savage beast within. Scents are right up there with music. It is one of the quickest ways to alter your mood for the better. Certain fragrances are known to reduce stress and anxiety, induce happiness and keep you awake and alert. If you are stressed getting a whiff of cucumber or apple can help relieve it. If you are tired sniff peppermint or cinnamon. Baked goods are a wonderful scent to place you in a happy mood. But don’t be too happy. They might think you like taking on extra tasks and you’ll be the first they approach next time. And if you’re not armed with your special fragrance at that time you might bite someone’s head off. I personally carry a spray with me and when I feel down or stressed I fire off a couple of squirts of it and an instant smile surfaces. Whatever scent makes you have happy thoughts or reminds you of a special occurrence don’t be afraid to spray it.

Zone Yourself Out

It’s okay every now and then to daydream and block out the on goings around you. Hey I have thoughts of certain unknowns all the time. The scantily clad subjects of my daydreams don’t know this, nor could they care less but it helps me get through my day and that’s all that matters. Now of course you have to place limits on your mental escapades. If you are zoned out to the point where your boss thinks you just smoked one then you could be up for a drug test and possible termination. We do not want this. So maybe you should stay clear of this until you are able to control how long you zone out. And if possible, this should be done in private. Maybe I should have stated this in the beginning.

Humor Your Way Ouf of A Stress Jam

Nothing will place you in a better mood than humor. Jokes will ease any tension or stress that you may feel. Find that co-worker that understands the pain you go through and crack up with them. Reminisce about how Chris in accounting drank too much at the Christmas party and made out with the moosehead that Margaret brought. Whatever that was about, neither of you will never know. Even something as simple as faking a smile can cause you to really smile and ease some stress. Go ahead, try it. If you’re in a room full of tension, excuse yourself, head to the restroom and smile at yourself in the mirror. Silly I know but close your eyes, think of something that makes you laugh and give yourself a silent chuckle. If you chuckle aloud someone will hear you and that starts a whole ‘nother set of problems.

By the way, did you know that we change physiologically when we laugh? Muscles throughout the face and body stretch, your pulse and blood pressure go up, and you breathe faster, sending more oxygen to your tissues. And according to WebMD, it's also been researched that 10-15 minutes of laughter can burn up to 50 calories. Who knew!

What gets you through your day at work? If you got nothing, give some of these things a try to see if they can help you make it through your 8 - 10 hour day. And God help you if you work longer hours than that. In that case you might have to double and triple up on some of these tips. Have a good day tomorrow!

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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I wish I had read this piece when I was able to work back in 2002. I am diabled now and cannot work. I think this is a must-read for people in and about to enter the workforce.

      I really love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

      1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

      2, I loved the way you worded this hub.

      3. Graphics, superb.

      4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

      6. I loved your topic of this hub.

      You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

    • NiaG profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Glad you enjoyed it kerlund74. I try to incorporate a little humor. Sometimes laughing is all we can do. Even though there's humor, hopefully the tips can get you through your day as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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      4 years ago from Sweden

      I love this, great advices t get through an ordinary day. You write in a way that captures my interest and makes me smile:)

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      5 years ago

      War of our Worlds and work is the battle front, you have given us the hints on how -to-prosper on the front line. Mind you, a waft of biscuits cooking from your can of smells would totally distract my mind and in a corporate setting that could prove fatal. Mind you I have a near perfect way to feel good at work, do something you really like doing and if possible work for yourself. Held me in good stead for a couple of years. Mind you having an honest and human oriented and caring boss can be a good work-aide alas so very, very rare.

    • NiaG profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks Crystal. Sometimes you can't control the things going on around you at work but you can control how you handle them by surrounding yourself with things that can help you to de-stress about them. Thanks for stopping by Crystal. Have a great day!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Great tips here. I like how you suggest things that don't really have to do with the work at hand, but instead focus on uplifting the spirit. Voted up.

    • NiaG profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks jpcmc! You're absolutely right, it's all about the right attitude and your outlook. Thanks so much for reading. Have an awesome day!

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      It's all about having the right attitude. We choose to be dismal or we choose to have a great day. If we surround ourselves with positive aura, we reap poisitive as well. Voted up and shared!

    • NiaG profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks princess! I sure know they help me get through the day and dealing with coworkers. Nice to see ya. Have a great day!

    • princesswithapen profile image


      6 years ago

      Any office goer will agree with you Nia, that humor, happy thoughts and focusing on goals are all splendid ways of surviving even the tough days at work. Even a hot cuppa goes a long way in spicing up an otherwise dull and tiring day at work.


    • NiaG profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      It's so funny that you say that rebeccamealey. I was thinking that just yesterday on my way to work. The job I have now is so much closer to my home that I don't even have time to hear a whole song. And I remember with my previous job I would hear at least 3, giving me that happy sing along time and the time to prepare before or de-stress after work. Thanks for dropping in a comment. Have a wonderful day!

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Awesome advice. I use to commute an hour to work one way. It gave me time to de stress on the positive side, even though we all like to be be close to our work, I found the time to be helpful. Thanks for re kindling the memory!

    • NiaG profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks so much Bob! I'll check out your site. Thanks for dropping in a comment! Have a great day!

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      Bob Maelo 

      6 years ago

      heyyy great article!! especially the one with the listening your favorite song ;) it really does brings a smile on the face. Other than that keeping yourself stress free from the daily workload i tried several things but i ended up going to a fitness center which is in norcross G.A dealing in cardia, yoga and nutrition. After going to fitness center im all stress free and can spend time with my family too.. have a look at it!!!

    • NiaG profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks bangingbeauty! I've tried going in without listening to one of my favorite tunes and I seem to really notice a difference. I tend to be happier going in with a song in my head. Thanks for dropping in a comment! Have a wonderful day!

    • bangingbeauty profile image


      6 years ago

      Great article, I like the part about having a favorite song! Cheers!


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