Work, that’s all some of us do. (I’ll spare you the Rihanna song you’ve probably heard dozens of times). Even though we have to work by the sweat of our brow for whatever we want, that doesn’t stop us from sometimes losing our cool when we’re called into work on our days off, when a coworker wants to start drama, or when we you get in trouble for what seem like small offenses. How do you keep a level head?
Pray Even if you’re not a believer I can honestly tell you that just taking some time away from your tasks to say a couple of words alone is very relieving.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”- Mark 11:24 NKJV
Believe that God that help you get through the day. That He can guide you through tasks that seem impossible. That He can help you meet the demands of your superiors.
Music If you are allowed to have something playing during your shift, then by all means let the latest top 40 songs ring out from your radio; phone; etc. If no music is permitted, then you can always sing; whistle; or hum a merry, little tune like the busy dwarves of SnowWhite. There is never a day in my work area where someone isn’t singing their heart out like they’re on an audition for American Idol or in a musical.
Breaks If you work a job that requires you to be on your feet, anything from a cashier at Walmart to a floor stocker in a hospital, I cannot stress how important it is to sit down more than once. A 30 minute or hour long lunch break may not cut it. I have a bad habit of being on my feet more than I should, and I end up regretting it as soon as I get home. By that time my feet are aching and my lower back is crying for an Epsom salt bath. Please sit down as many times as you need to. An extra 15 minute break can do wonders. Your assignments will still be there for you to complete.
Think Positive One of the most hardworking people I have ever worked with had a saying. She would always say to me, “It’s almost over, Dave”. Interesting, because she would sometimes say this to me when I was no more than 15 minutes into my shift. Perhaps she could see the stress on my face early on. Her words and positive attitude reminded me that no matter how endless a work shift may seem or how hectic it may be, that it doesn’t last for an eternity. Eventually it all ends and you get to go home.
Talk Your coworkers don’t have to just be people who you make money with. Don’t be strangers. Greet them. Ask how they’re doing. Find out what they’re all about. Tell them about yourself. By opening up to them, they came become friends, family, maybe even significant others. Most importantly, having someone to talk to in a crazy workplace makes the environment a little less stressful.
By communicating with your coworkers; resting a little; incorporating a little music; and talking to God, you should be able to make it through long, hectic shifts.
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