Tips on How to Handle Stress in Your Life
“Most days, if you were an apple pie, you’d be too sweet for us.”
Dealing with stress in the workplace can be difficult. Some of the biggest stresses feel like guilt, uncertainty, and the ever-present question – “What will I have for dinner?”
Your stress is an important factor in how you perform your job, and you can’t rest on it as easily as you may think.
When a stressor pops up, you try and respond to it with speed, or at least more quickly than if it wasn’t there. You read what your boss is thinking, look at your own performance, and just get on with it. But here’s the thing – stress is a collection of all these thoughts and a lot of emotions. It’s a big component of your daily job.
If you are totally overwhelmed by the amount of stress in your life, and you’re dealing with your work load and trying to respond to everything with a positive attitude, then the job might not be worth it for you. If you don’t feel the stress, you are having trouble dealing with it. And it will most definitely have an impact on your performance at work.
How you respond to stress can directly affect how you do your job. (And then, of course, how you do your job has an impact on your performance!) Here are a few tips on how to handle stress in your life to lessen its negative impact on your performance.
Focus on Positive Thoughts
If you look at your mind and notice that you feel unhappy, then it’s time to think about positive things and be thankful for those positive things.
Focus on the tasks that need to be completed, the accomplishments, and your current mood. If you go into the task with a negative attitude, then that attitude will be the only thing that you see until you’re done. Don’t react or push the negative thoughts away; they will keep coming back into your mind.
Resist Frequent Check-In Checks
It’s easy to get frustrated at work if you don’t get the work done. The best way to get done what you need to do is to take the time to do it well, write it down, and take frequent reminders. Do it once or twice a day to make sure that your work is on track. It also helps to clear your mind. After a long day of completing work, take a moment to refocus yourself on what is important and then you will be more productive and less stressed out.
Practice Positive Emotions
No one likes negative emotions in their life, and they are just as big a part of stress in the workplace. Negative emotions and feelings have a role to play in working with stress. But they can actually become a negative force in your daily life, and if you don’t make them a part of your life, they will become a negative force in your work life. Practice thinking positively about every situation and day. All of it. Negative and positive.
Try to think of yourself as someone who is having difficulty performing their job. That way, you won’t have to think about it all day and worry about it – you can simply let it be.
Next, don’t make things worse by talking about work with anyone you don’t need to. Only when you are talking to a trusted and trustworthy person can you draw a connection between work and your personal life and ask about feelings or stress. Once you talk about work with a trusted friend, you can begin to deal with it. After all, work-related stress has nothing to do with the company or the tasks at hand. It’s the things that you are worried about at home that get you stressed out and add to work.
Stay positive and remember to seek support and guidance from other people. Talk to your personal support system about how you’re feeling and what you need to do.
Support as much as you can and seek out emotional support.
When you come into work each day and you don’t have the energy to cope, take a breather and rest – take a power nap if needed. It will help you cope with stress.
Sharing your work concerns with friends and family can help, and you should not feel like you need to be the only one discussing them. Many people have experienced the need to have a conversation with a co-worker about the amount of stress and anxiety they are experiencing.