You only get to live this life once and you should be able to live it in the best way possible. You should always strive to live your best day every day. In order to do that, you need to create a positive atmosphere to live, sleep, eat, breathe, and work in. Below are some easy and effective ways to create a positive atmosphere at home and at work.
1. Lighting Lighting Lighting: According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of the word “light "is as follows:
a. Noun: A natural agent that stimulates sights and makes things visible
b. Noun: An expression in someone’s eye indicating a particular emotion or mood
c. Verb: Provide with light or lighting; illuminating
d. Adjective: Having a considerate amount of natural light; not dark
The very meaning of the word light evokes a sense of pure brightness. Surrounding yourself with light will immediately awaken your senses and allow you to unconsciously filter in positive thoughts and feelings. Lighting can be natural or artificial. Pull back the curtains and open the blinds, to allow natural sunlight to fill your home and soul. Strategically place lamps in areas throughout your home where you tend to spend the most time. With a flick of a switch, you will immediately be able to transform your home into a shining star of hope and happiness.
2. Clean & Declutter Your Home:
According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the actual end result of a clean home combined with the physical act of cleaning it will help reduce stress, feelings of anxiety, and depressive symptoms. Other benefits of living in a clean environment include improved concentration, reduced fatigue, and an overall feeling of contentment
Looking at a home full of misplaced laundry, with mail thrown into piles on tables, bottles and papers skewed all over the floor, and other odds and ends heaped into piles in each corner of the home can be overwhelming just to look at, let alone live in. Scenes like this increase worry, anxiety, and stress. Decluttering an entire home can seem like a monumental task, however breaking the decluttering process into small steps is a sure-fire way to declutter your home and mind. Pick one room to start with and spend 10 minutes each day decluttering it until the space is neat and organized. Repeat this process with each room in your house.
1. Open Communication:
The ability to speak comfortably with coworkers and management at your place of employment is crucial to having a positive work environment. Many employees build up an internal fear of discussing work concerns, projects, and even normal everyday topics with their superiors. This can create feelings of uneasiness, dread, and can result in misunderstandings, incomplete work, and missed deadlines.
Developing the ability to have open communication takes time and lots of practice. Begin by striking up conversations with others at the gas station or grocery store. A conversation starter can be as simple as “Wow, the weather today is amazing. I’m going to go for a walk this evening. Hopefully, you’ll be able to take advantage of this weather too”. Next, practice with coworkers you are already familiar with.
Lastly, slowly begin to start small conversations with coworkers you are unfamiliar with and/or your superiors. Once you get over the initial fear of striking up a conversation with them, discussing relevant work-related topics will become easier.
Having open communication is essential for you to enjoy your job and keep a positive attitude even when things aren’t going perfectly.
2. Improve Work Satisfaction:
According to the Mayo Clinic, strategies to improve job satisfaction include the following: Understanding your work’s significance, changing tasks periodically, and helping others at work. Too often we get wrapped up in the daily grind and get lost in the mundane daily tasks of our job.
Take a few minutes each day to think about how your work impacts your customers, clients, coworkers, and company overall. Your mental capability begins to diminish when you focus too long on the same task.
Set yourself up for success by breaking your day into smaller sections making sure to layer in quick 3-5 minutes stretching or walking breaks every hour. This will keep your brain simulated and will help keep a positive mindset all day long.
Creating a positive atmosphere at home and at work will not happen overnight but small changes can be made each and every day. Make a conscious effort to spend 10 minutes at home and at work each day focusing on creating a positive atmosphere and watch what magic can happen in just a few short weeks.