3 Things To Try When You’re Feeling Discouraged At Work

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By Jacob Maslow

No one is going to feel happy and prosperous all of the time. So when the time comes that you feel discouraged at work, it’s important that you know some helpful and healthy things you can do to help you get back on track and overcome those feelings of discouragement.

To help you with this, here are three things to try when you’re feeling discouraged at work and need a boost in your morale

Check Your Ego

When you’re suffering from feelings of discouragement, be it in your professional or personal life, one reason this might be happening is that what’s happening, in reality, isn’t aligning with what you’ve envisioned for yourself in your life. This could be because you’ve set high standards or are comparing yourself to others. But behind both of these issues is that your ego is getting in the way.

To deal with this, try to let go of some of your ego and attachment to your ability to succeed. So much success isn’t reliant on your skills but on access to opportunities and luck. With this in mind, try to focus more on the things you can control and the growth you can achieve rather than things outside your control. 

Start Being More Proactive

Discouragement can be felt at work when you must take whatever comes at you. While this might have to be the case in some instances, try to think of ways to be more proactive rather than just being reactive in your job. 

If there’s progress to be made in your professional career, try to make a plan for how you’ll grow in this manner and reach your professional goals. As you think about the steps that you need to take to reach these new heights and what it will take for you to get here, you may find new encouragement in your professional life and your work environment. 

Talk Through Your Feelings

Sometimes, your discouragement might be best worked through by sharing them with others. If you have someone in your life that you trust and will allow you to share what you’re thinking and feeling without judgment or giving you unhelpful advice, consider speaking with this person.

Another option is to seek out a mentor who’s been in a similar professional situation and ask them how they handled their discouragement. This could give you insights you weren’t privy to before. 

If you’ve felt discouraged at work, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how to work through this and overcome some of these feelings. 


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