We recently read a Mashable article that gave tips to the general public about how to be happier at work. Of course, they noted that the average American works 100,000 hours, but for us lawyers? You could probably double that.
So, do we need to work twice as hard at finding happiness? Not necessarily, just try these easy tips.
1. Tune Out
A few weeks ago we talked about giving a digital detox a try. So, maybe you don’t have a weekend to just tune out. But you could probably spare 5 minutes, no? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break — from everything — all technology. Go over to the water cooler and talk to someone. You know face to face.
2. Eat Ice Cream
We don’t know about you, but over at FindLaw, we scream for ice cream. And since, July is National Ice Cream Month, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be screaming for it either. Take a break, and grab a cone. It will make all your problems go away. At least for 10 minutes.
3. Move It
With all the ice cream you’re (hopefully) eating, it’s also important to remember to get up and move around. Try to exercise regularly, your body and mind will thank you. You’ll have more energy and feel better about all those hours you spend sitting down at your computer.
4. Sing Along
We don’t know about you, but there are some songs that just get us out of a funk (Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”, anyone?). Whatever that song is for you, listen to it. Or maybe it’s not a particular song, and just music in general. Know when to switch over from NPR and belt out your favorite hit.
5. Enjoy the Sun
It’s summer right? So chances are you live some place where it’s at least warm, or even downright hot. Step out of the building and go outside for a minute. Feel the warm sun on your face, and that delicate summer breeze. There, isn’t that relaxing? We’re relaxed just writing about it.
Remember, to be happy, you have to take time out for yourself. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: All work and no play make Jane and Jack a dull lawyer.