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How to Go From Crappy to Happy at Work (As Seen on WGN Chicago)

It’s time to turn that frown upside down! Many of my private weight loss clients have demanding jobs in corporate America. In fact, one of my clients who lost almost 90 lbs in just 3 months was working a full time and very demanding job while she was losing weight! It is possible to stay on track and to stay focused and positive even when you’re working crazy hours.

Here are my tips for how to get happier at work.

1. Let go of your annoyance.
Just get a bunch of work dumped on your desk? If you’re feeling annoyed, shrug your shoulders up towards your ears and then blow out a bunch of air from your mouth. Physically separate yourself and get rid of your negative energy through your body and breath.

2. Get physical (in a safe way) when you’re angry.
Dealing with a frustrating co-worker, and feeling angry? Try this! Squeeze your hands into a fist as hard as you can for 5 seconds, then shake them out. Repeat 3 times.

3. Train your brain to be happy.
Simply in a bad mood and you don’t know why? Here’s a silly easy way to flood your brain with happy hormones! Take your fingers and physically move your mouth into a smile. Hold this for 10 seconds to signal to your brain that you’re happy. Smiling, even if you don’t feel like it, actually activates the release of the feel-good neurotransmitters: dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin!

4. Indulge in foods with set limits.
Bored at work and reaching for the candy jar? Stash some dried fruit in your desk or have a dark chocolate bar ready to break off one square at a time – it’s very hard to overeat with 70% cocoa chocolate! Too bitter, but satisfies the sweet tooth and increases dopamine levels to give you that quick fix of feeling happy.

5. Chew it out.
Feeling sluggish after lunch? Reaching for your mid-afternoon coffee fix? Think again. That coffee may wake you up so much and any caffeine after noon can sabotage your efforts to go to bed at a decent time at night. Instead, stimulate your mind and digestion by chewing on something crunchy with protein. Keep carrots + hummus or pistachios that you have to peel or sliced apples and almond butter to give you that crunch but also that protein you need to keep your energy levels up.

6. Have a purpose for your office stroll.
Feeling fatigued or tired after not getting enough sleep? Stand up and walk to the water cooler or bathroom – have a goal in mind – it’s not enough to just tell yourself you’ll get up and walk around the office. Sure, exercise helps your mood and energy levels, but in the moment it’s not enough motivation to get you up. So tell yourself that drinking enough water is imperative to weight loss and health (it is!) or that going to the bathroom is something you should be doing a few times throughout the day for your health!

7. Blast your favorite tunes.
If you’re about to quit your job or throw it all in the towel, it’s time to play your favorite song. Get a go-to anthem that pumps you up. I love changing up my current favorite song weekly to make sure it’s fresh and I stay excited to hear it.

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight. If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

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