Mental Health

How to Survive Your 9 -5


Due to college, it’s been a while since I worked full time. After graduating in May I was blessed to get a job at a mental health day program as a Rehabilitation Therapist. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job but working 9-5 everyday can become mundane. I also know that this job is a stepping stone toward my dream job which will allow me to travel and help people all over the world. Over time I’ve learned a few things that really helps to maintain a positive attitude and I’m here to share them with you all!

      1. Treat Yourself On Monday’s

I get it, Mondays can be dreadful. It’s the beginning of a new work week and the weekend seems so far way. This is why I make it a point to treat myself whether it be a caramel macchiato from Dunkin Donuts or a delicious plate of Dominican food from the bodega across the street. Indulging in something tasty can improve your Monday mood!

2. Create a To-Do List

I don’t know if it’s just me, but on Sunday’s I find myself feeling a bit overwhelmed over all of the things I know I have to do once I get to work in the morning. So everyday as soon I as get into work I create a to-do list with everything that needs to be done. Seeing everything on paper really eases my anxiety and I get satisfaction in crossing off each item as it’s completed!

3. Don’t Stay Late

I understand that if you are faced with deadlines you may have to, but try not to make it a habit! Realistically, by the end of the day your rate of productivity slows down so it’s going to take you a lot longer to complete a task anyway. Staying late is only going to make it more dreadful and you can start to feel burnt out!

4. Decompress

So once you are home, it’s so important to find time to relax and unwind even if it’s only for 5 minutes! Allow yourself time to process your day and transition into your next responsibility whether it be caring for your children, going to another job or starting your homework! My job is very emotionally draining so when I get home I sit in my room for about 5 minutes and do absolutely nothing! Then I light my favorite fall candle, grab my dinner and sit down to watch a few youtube videos.

5. Find a Hobby/Passion Outside of Your Job

Having something you enjoy doing outside of work really helps to break the monotony of your work routine. My hobby/passion is blogging about hair, fashion, and mental health! I find it fun, creative, and I love interacting with my followers! For some it can be working out, singing, cooking..whatever it it!

6. Fill Yourself Up

Not everyone is a believer, but I am! As I mentioned before my job is very emotionally draining and I have find that by the end of the week I am mentally exhausted. My faith in God really helps to fill me up. I pray (not as often as I should), zone out to worship music, attend church every Sunday and I am currently reading 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Joyce Meyer. Doing these things truly help me to strengthen my connection with God and focus on the bigger picture which is “What is my purpose? How can I be used to make a difference in this world?” Asking myself this centers me and helps me to gain perspective.

7. Be Grateful

Last but certainly not least, be grateful! Sometimes we find ourselves complaining about our job but don’t take a moment to realize how silly that is! If it wasn’t for our job we wouldn’t be making any money to support ourselves and the people we care about. No job is perfect, I understand it, but I’ve learned that God isn’t going to bless you with something better if you can’t be genuinely appreciative for what you currently have in your life.

So there it is! I truly hope you all enjoyed this post and learned something from it! Until next time…. ❤


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