Many of us feel like we’re trapped for eight hours a day at a job we hate. This can make it really hard to stay positive throughout the day. Bouts of frustration, anger, boredom, or even depression can put a serious damper on your life. While you should never feel like you’re trapped anywhere and if this already sounds like you, my advice would be just quit, but that is a story for another day. Today, we’re talking about how to fight through those jerky bosses and obnoxious co-workers while you do menial and mundane tasks all day. Here are five ways to stay more positive throughout the day: 1. Have a good breakfast This may sound silly, but it’s true. Food makes us feel better. Eating a good breakfast in the morning will give you more energy throughout the morning, you’ll feel healthier, and ready to take on the day ahead. We all get hangry (that’s angry from hunger.. learn something new everyday, eh?) from time to time so don’t let hunger add to your list of daily annoyances. 2. Start planning your more positive future There’s no point in continuing to wallow in misery. If you find yourself bummed out a lot of times, identify why that is and start making plans to change it. If it’s because you hate your job, then start updating your resume and get back on the job hunt. Not only will this distract you from the job you hate, you’ll feel good about yourself for doing something positive in your life. Making steps towards a better future is enough to get through the bad days. 3. Keep a journal of things you’re grateful for When you find yourself only concentrating on the bad things in life, take a step back and remind yourself it’s not all bad. There are plenty of things in your life you should be grateful for. Forcing ourselves to do activities such as this will help us remember that our problems aren’t the only things going on in our lives. You don’t need to write a novel — it could just be a list of a few things you’re grateful for every day. 4. Take regular breaks to recharge Don’t be afraid to step away from your desk every so often. Forcing yourself to work at a backbreaking pace isn’t going to help your mood. Exhaustion and boredom often lead to decreased productivity anyways, so it would be beneficial to your employer if you simply stepped away for a few minutes. Give yourself a chance to breathe. You’ll feel much better after a refresher. 5. Talk to your co-workers At least the ones you like. Feeling isolated is one of the main reasons we start to feel down. If you hate your job, chances are your co-workers hate theirs too. Commisurate with each other. Laugh about stupid things that go on in the office. Take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Better yet, try to talk about things other than work. Get your mind of the work that’s bringing you down and talk about weekend plans or getting a drink after work.