Work can be overwhelming. We believe this is a proven fact. And to be honest, a lot of young adults are already suffering from anxiety and depression due to work-related stress. While such is becoming normal over the years, it is still downright alarming. We should always promote positivity in the workplace not just to improve productivity, but to ensure that we have a sound mental and emotional health.
The question now is, what are the ways that can boost positivity at your workplace? We have gathered a few ideas that can help you.
Activities in the office that encourage positivity
First of all, it is always good to appreciate what you have instead of complaining about what might be going wrong. For example, instead of whining about your deadlines, be grateful that you have work to do. You can look at it in different ways. People trust you with bigger responsibilities, the business is growing, and that means you can bring food to the table. These things should be good enough to make you feel better.
Use positive words
It’s about time that you practice using only positive words. To be honest, being more cautious about the words we say takes practice. So don’t get frustrated if you can’t get it the first time. Just practice it every day and you will eventually form a good habit.
If you must know, positive words can really create an impact, not just on you but also to the entire team. Just imagine, how would you feel if someone from your office curses a lot for no apparent reason? Eventually, you’d get fed up and irritated. Thus, you need to be more careful with the choice of words.
Go around and socialize
Building relationships and networks in the workplace is also a good practice to promote positivity. We are not saying that you have to be the ‘best friend’ of everyone. But try to make an effort to get to know your teammates. A simple ‘how are you’ and a genuine smile can definitely improve someone’s mood - including yours.
Do activities outside the office
You can also invite your friends to go out once in a while. Perhaps, you can organize activities not related to your work. For example, you can invite them for a quick run or a camping trip over the weekend.
Accept criticisms professionally
At times, we feel bad when people give us feedback. We sometimes take it personally, but that can eventually take a toll on your health. Whenever someone gives you feedback, think of it as an opportunity to grow. Don’t ever think that it’s a stab or a way to mock you. Always see things objectively and thank the person for giving time to provide you with comments that can help you improve.
Always remember that there is no such thing as a perfect workplace, but the power is in you. There will be lapses and even triggers that will annoy you, counteract these negativities in your office with simple acts of positivity. This will not be an overnight success and at times you might think that being positive is useless. But continue to do so and you will see its effects in the long run.