When you’re feeling overwhelmed it’s easy to fall a little out of love with your work and start feeling tired and resentful.

After a recent busy spell I’ve learned there are better ways to cope than mainlining café lattes and making paper airplanes out of your to-do list.

Here are 5 ways to bring back the love.

1) Pay attention to the way you start your day

I used to think I was happy to be woken by my 2 year old, but it turns out I’m even happier when I get a blissful half hour to myself before he even stirs. Getting up extra early to practice yoga or have a cup of coffee in peace has made a big difference to the way I feel about my day. I also try and avoid reading or listening to the news first thing because I rarely hear any happy news on there. If yoga is not your thing you could try going for an early morning walk, visiting a café for breakfast, listening to your favourite music. Whatever it is that makes you feel good, build it into your morning ritual. The benefits will stay with you all day long.

2) Use EFT to have amazing days

EFT (emotional freedom technique) is a tapping technique that stimulates meridian points – kind of like acupuncture without the needles. I’m not sure exactly what the science bits are but I do know how effective it is as a mindset changer. There are EFT videos for every conceivable fear or issue. I’m a huge fan of Brad Yates so I recommend you start with this one on having an amazing day.

If you’re pushed for time here is his amazing day quickie.

Try it for a week and see what happens.

3) Be honest with yourself

If you are constantly feeling overwhelmed with work it’s time to take a good hard look at the situation before it takes a toll on your health (been there, done that). When you’re feeling under pressure I find it helps to be curious about what’s really going on.

Start by asking yourself:

What is it about work that is stressing me out? Is it the people, the environment, the crazy schedule?

What can I change to make my work easier or simpler?

What do I need to stop doing?

Be guided by your intuition because chances are, you already know the answer.

4) Clear the crap

I mean literally clear your desk / workstation / kitchen table, wherever you work from. It’s amazing the crap that builds up on there. In the spirit of KonMari (and in the interests of your sanity), it’s time to clear it right off your desk. The more beautiful you can make your work area, the better you will feel about being there. Plus you can’t expect to have mental clarity when you can’t even find a post it.

5) Be guided by your intuition

If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do about work (or anything), I highly recommend this guided meditation by Tara Mohr called Inner Mentor Visualisation. I found this to be a life-changing exercise and it’s one I repeat whenever I have a tough decision or problem to figure out. I think it’s a great tool to help you see a dilemma or issue from another perspective.

How do you deal with busy periods at work?