Whether it’s your job that sucks or the people around you, it can be hard to cope at work when it’s difficult. There are many days that you may want to quit on the spot and there are many days that you may want to act so inappropriately that you could get fired. Calling in sick, slacking off, and letting work negatively affect your personal life are all effects of not enjoying work. So, it’s important that you cope at work and make it something worth doing and maybe even rewarding. It’s very important that you change your viewpoint on work to make this happen, which is why positive affirmations can help. They can help you see work, the people in it, and what you are doing differently – in a more positive light. This can make a world of difference in your days and life.
1. I Take It Day By Day
Don’t focus on yesterday or worry about what’s going to happen tomorrow. Go into work and focus on the day’s tasks. This can take a lot of pressure off some people who feel like they are overwhelmed at work and are suffering because of it.
We can all manage to do a day’s worth of tasks. I can’t remember where I read it, but one of the best suggestions I’ve ever heard was to live in day-to-day pockets. I know the advice is from a popular book and author, I just can’t think of it right now. But, when you live just for today, a ton of stress, anger, worry, frustration, and depression can melt away.
2. I Don’t Take On More Than I Can Handle
The minute you start to take on more than you can handle is when work becomes stressful and unpleasant, no matter what.
I know many people want to prove that they are superhuman and can handle an unrealistic workload, but it’s called unrealistic for a reason.
Keeping up with the work means working overtime, making mistakes, and convincing other people that you can handle even more if they want to give it to you.
It’s worth talking to your boss (or yourself if you are the boss) and coming up with a better, more realistic workload for you.
The argument for this affirmation is simply this: When I am doing a workload I can handle, I do it better. I produce better results and increase the bottom line.
3. I Take My Full Breaks At Work
Do not deny yourself breaks at work, unless you are really in the flow and feel like you should keep going so you don’t lose momentum.
Breaks at work are important, so you should be taking them. Too many people sit at their desk or keep working through their breaks, and that just adds to the stress of a workplace that isn’t fun to be at.
Breaks help you regroup and regain your motivation, and they help you to be more productive so that you can at least feel like you had a good day’s work.
4. I Take Action On My Career Goals
Your current job may suck, but it is helping you move towards your career goals in one way or another. Maybe it’s paying the bills as you work towards doing what you really want to do or maybe it’s teaching you lessons that will help you succeed in what you want to do.
The important thing is to take a step each day towards your career goals… towards the career you really want to be in where you won’t need to cope at work because you will love it.
If you don’t know what you really want to do yet, I suggest you take a course like The Lifebook Quest. It will help you get clear on what you want out of life and how you will get there.
5. I Am Important To This Business
You play an important role to the bottom line of the business you are working for. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you work, you are important to the business, and affirming that may make your job more bearable.
For instance, I once worked as a housekeeper at a hospital. I hated it. Many doctors and nurses treated me like garbage because I was a housekeeper. But, I realized that my job was important. A clean environment was important to the patient’s recovery, and since the doctors and nurses were the ones making the mess half the time, I knew that without me, the place would be a gross and even more depressing place to be in. Realizing that helped me cope at work as I worked towards my dream career.
6. I Am Grateful For A Job
Your job may suck, but at least you have a job. You are getting up and doing something in your day, and you are getting paid for it. A lot of people don’t have that luxury. They get up each day and search for work or sit around and do nothing.
Work is an important part of life. If you have a job, you are contributing to society, keeping yourself active, and pulling in some money. That’s something to be grateful for.
7. This Job Helps Me Become Better
Every job teaches you something. What are you learning from your job? How is it contributing to your life?
For instance, the housekeeping job taught me how to ignore judgment and recognize the value in all jobs. It also taught me that I didn’t want to be a lifer in the housekeeping department, and it motivated me to take step after step towards my dreams.
8. I Stand Up For Myself At Work
Lastly, it’s important to stand up for yourself at work. Your input is important and you are valuable to the company, so you can’t go in and get beaten up and taken advantage of and say nothing. If you do, then things are just going to get worse and worse for you. It’s important to talk to your boss or your coworkers and let them know what you will and will not put up with.
Of course, you don’t want to go crazy on people and constantly tell them that they are harassing you or complain all the time. That’s going to cause more problems than not saying anything at all. But, you should stay confident in yourself and be able to express your thoughts and issues in an open and mature manner. When you can do that, you will be able to cope at work much better because issues will have a better chance of being resolved.