Ministerial Spouses Association
Fit for Life
Do you dread going to work in the morning, and then end up coming home at night exhausted, frustrated and drained? Do you wish you had a better job — or, at least, could do something about the one you have? You may not be able to change jobs just now, but, perhaps, a few suggestions will help improve your circumstances.
1. Choose Your Attitude
It sounds almost too simple but, actually, there is real power in choice. At the very beginning of the day, make an intentional decision to be happy, to find blessings for which to be thankful — especially at work.
2. Leave Your Baggage at Home
When at work — be at work. Being preoccupied with personal issues while on the job can make it difficult to focus, which can result in mistakes and frustration. By the same token, when you leave work at the end of the day leave work!
3. Do Something You Love Daily
Take a look at yourself, your skills and interests, and find something you can enjoy doing every day — especially while at work. If you do something you love every single day, your current job won't seem so bad.
4. Create Your Atmosphere
Realizing you spend many hours of your life at your work, make your space your own. As much as your company policy permits, create and decorate an atmosphere of inspiration and relaxation.
5. Keep Growing
Take charge of your personal development plan and goals. You have the most to gain from growing — and the most to lose if you stand still. Basically, your future is largely up to you.
6. Beware of “The Swamp”
Many employees allow themselves to be overloaded with work assignments and end up feeling swamped under all the pressure. Don't volunteer if you don't have time. If your workload is exceeding your available time and energy, make a comprehensive plan to ask for help and resources.
7. Avoid “Downers”
Choosing to be happy at work means avoiding negative conversations, gossip and unhappy people as much as possible. Concentrate on things and on people that improve your mood, help you laugh and give you joy.
8. Spread Sunshine
Take a little time at work to be friendly. Participate in events of staff celebrations: a birthday, an achievement, a wedding, etc. Adding to the enjoyment and happiness of others always has a positive return effect on the giver.
9. Dress for Confidence
Give yourself enough time each day to dress carefully for the job. Feeling good about yourself and how you look can help create an atmosphere of success and control.
10. Take Care of Yourself
Give yourself a head start toward not only feeling good but also toward providing adequate physical and mental energy to meet the day’s requirements.
a. Connect to the True Source of power and peace — have daily morning devotions.
b. Charge up your fuel supply — eat a good breakfast.
c. Help your body help you — exercise daily.
d. Keep all systems functioning effectively — drink plenty of water.
e. Avoid that tired, short-tempered feeling — get enough sleep.
Dwell on the aspects of your work you like while continuing to explore ways to improve your overall situation. Remember, too, that you learn new skills with each job — skills which could benefit you later in God’s grand plan. You may not realize until eternity what far-reaching blessings your work and life are providing where you are — right now!
Rae Lee Cooper is a registered nurse working in the Health Ministries Department of the General Conference headquarters. Her duties include managing a small first-aid clinic, providing vaccinations and immunizations for the traveling staff, seminar presentations and maintaining medical evaluation records for missionaries. She also enjoys initiating and promoting programs which encourage healthy lifestyle habits for those working in the General Conference offices, working with Allan Handysides and Peter Landless, physicians.
Raised in the Far East in a second generation missionary family, she continued the missionary tradition and served 15 years in India with her husband, Lowell, and their two children. While there, Rae Lee taught elementary school and music to missionary family children. Other activities in India included co-management of a foster care baby program, participation in village medical clinics and operation of a well baby clinic.
Rae Lee began a new career path after obtaining a nursing degree at Pacific Union College, in 1994. Since that time, Rae Lee has worked in several medical capacities, including urgent care, the Emergency Department at Washington Adventist Hospital, and as an IV therapist nurse.
Besides her love of nursing, Rae Lee enjoys music, trying new recipes, reading, the beach and spending time with her three adorable grandchildren.