Work dilemma: What you should do when you are in a funk
You might find yourself wanting to move to another job after being with your company for 5 years. You feel listless, empty, indisposed, and somehow disconnected when you’re in the office. You are not exactly overworked not even underpaid, actually, far from it. In fact, you just got another brand-new car. You get along fine with your co-workers, even playing with their kids during a bring-your-kid-to-work kind of day. Your recent annual medical check-up findings are clear of any issues. There are curve balls thrown at you from time to time but they’re not unusual. Something bothers you yet you can’t put your finger on it. So what is going on? Chances are, you could be in a work funk. Maybe because you were passed for a promotion the other day which you just shrugged off but in reality, it affected your emotional well-being. Or it could be as simple as lacking enough sleep from frequent late night TV- watching. It is ideal to identify what is causing your funk but oftentimes you never find out the reasons why. So instead of racking your brains for answers, why not do the following measures to overcome it.
- do cardio exercise for up to two hours a day, three to four times a week
You know how a good blood pumping workout can release endorphins afterwards. There’s something about sweating it out that can help clear your mind and reduce anxiety. In a way, you are not only exercising your body but also your mind. Give it an hour on the treadmill or 30 minutes on the elliptical, do a light jog or brisk walk, or go biking for two hours. These might do the trick.
2) do meditation or asana poses
By closing your eyes and saying your positive and empowering mantra for example “I got this” for two to three minutes followed by another two minutes of mindful breathing, can help relieve mental distress. You can also do vinyasa or hatha yoga which connects your mind and body to help you release pent-up negative energy. Yoga can also address your overall health and wellness.
3) do go on a vacation or sabbatical if needed (and approved by your superior)
Maybe you’ve been working straight and not using your vacation leaves. There is a reason why employees are entitled to such in case you didn’t know. Even a weekend getaway that is spent well can renew your mind by increasing levels of energy when you go back to work. If the work funk just won’t go away, try using your sabbatical leave. Perhaps you need to be away from your job for some time for you to realize that either it is still what you want or you really have to move on from it.
4) do a list of things
Getting organized by jotting down notes can be helpful. Identify all the positives and negatives with your job. You might discover that there have been subtle changes that could be affecting you. As such, check if you can create solutions to the negative things on your own such as taking on a different mindset, or making adjustments to your routine.
5) do open up about it with your boss
Try talking about your work dilemma with your friends first. If unfortunately it doesn’t work, then you have to approach your immediate superior. Using your list as reference, hearing another perspective from somebody who knows your work can make you realize that your funk is temporary. He may have gone through it himself as well and succeeded in getting out of it. He can reassign you to another post if there’s a vacancy which can help zap your funk.
6) do focus on your productivity
Perhaps you can start your day by doing the most difficult tasks then taper off towards the end. Because you’ll tend to indulge in your flat funk if you cherry pick your to-dos at the start of your work schedule. Trying zeroing in on three important projects and dedicate your time to those. Better yet, set new and realistic goals to shift your paradigm.
7) do wait it out some more
Moods are fleeting. Maybe this one is just taking a bit longer than normal. A new responsibility or development may come your way during this time. It can reignite your fire and enable you to start all over again fresh.
8) do your next move
You have done all seven aforementioned remedies yet, the funk is still creeping back to you. Maybe it’s really time for you to move on. A new job in a new environment can reset your energies and allow you to find your work groove once again. It might as well solve the problem permanently.