Depending on the type of work that you do, spending eight hours a day (or longer) at a cubicle can be draining. Here are some ways you can keep your cool and hopefully start enjoying the work week a little more.

  1. Change your surroundings. Your manager or boss may not always switch up the look of the office to keep things looking fresh and new. If that’s the case, feel free to change the way things look in your cubicle. Switch out decorations, add framed photos or collectibles. Just make sure they aren’t distracting or in the way of office items you use on a daily basis.
  2. Take breaks when you can. Some people have scheduled breaks, others go whenever they can. A majority of us, however, will work for four hours before taking our lunch break, and then we will work for four more. Mix up your routine; if you’re feeling drowsy or stiff, take a walk to the break-room or around the office.
  3. Play some music. At a reasonable level, of course, as you wouldn’t want to disturb your co-workers. There are many internet radio stations to choose from if you don’t feel like bringing in CDs. Feel free to bring headphones in too, but don’t let them distract you from completing your work.
  4. Move your work space. Of course, you can’t move your cubicle. But if you complete your work using a laptop, try working from the break-room, in the meeting room or even outside for some fresh air. This gives you a little break from your typical work space. You’ll want to make sure this is OK with your supervisor first, though.
  5. Be social. While there may be some coworkers you don’t want to associate with (we’ve all been there!), take a few breaks to chat with those you have bonded with during your time of employment.
  6. Pass it on. Kindness, that is. You’ll find your day can completely turn around simply by doing one act of kindness each day.
  7. Utilize your days. If you have vacation days saved, use them. Perhaps not all at once, but throughout the work year. If you’re sick, use your sick day. Take care of yourself, as your mental health will ultimately impact your ability to do your job.
  8. Don’t be afraid to laugh. Sure, we all have bad days where it’s hard to crack a smile or let out a laugh. But letting some chuckles out during the day, whether at small mistakes or by sending out some funny emails to lighten the mood will help make your day better. Remember to always keep company polices in mind and keep the humor work place appropriate.