The internet today is booming with posts promoting work-for-self, work-from-home, and living your passion and purpose. Quite frankly, the spike in this content has good merits! We are fed up with the stress and demands that are placed on us by other people and the companies that we work for.
According to the American Institute of Stress, numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades.
Blueprints, step-by-step guides, and road maps are taking over Pinterest and every social media platform regarding this new way of living. However, what about everyone who is still living and dealing with the current stress and worries at work?
How can we healthfully deal with our 9-5 jobs and leave the office feeling refreshed and energized after we put in our 8 hours? I am here to tell you that it is possible and relatively easy to not only cope with stress at work but make a difference and fulfill your passions anywhere you work!
Here are a few really simple ways for coping with stress at work and STOP worrying.
1. Identify and Take Back Control of Your Stress
Sometimes, we bulk our stress and worry into a broad category of “I HATE MY JOB” when in all reality, there are only a handful of things that are causing us grief.
Get specific – What are your top 3 worries & stressors at work?
Get clear and investigate why these are causing so much angst.
For instance, it is probably not all administration and/or your boss’s fault that you are stressed out, worried, and dreading work (don’t give them too much credit). When we put all of our blame on someone or something out of our control, then we have no power to change it (no power = STRESS)!
The best way to gain power over a stressful situation is to reverse the complaint, worry, or problem to something that YOU can change.
Does that mean that you blame yourself when it’s not your fault? Absolutely not!
But you MUST put yourself in the driver’s seat so that you can change the stressful situation.
Once you are clear on what is causing your heart palpitation’s and night sweats (I have had them), then you control the situation by taking any complaint or blame and turn it into a SOLUTION.
Your boss is unfair and never gives you the day off when you request it? (Total jerk move, by the way!)
How are you currently requesting off? If you are requesting off electronically, could you make the request personal and far in advance so that end result is what you desire?
Complaining that your boss is a jerk will make you feel better in the moment but, it isn’t going to give you the solution that you really want. And by complaining, you are giving up ALL control.
When we feel in control of what we want, the majority of our stress is released. It is when we feel out of control that we worry!
2. An Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude is the freeway to happiness and contentment. There is no room for worry, stress, or negativity when we are in a thankful mindset.
When you begin to feel stressed at work, when the workload keeps piling up and it seems like nothing will ever get done… Take a minute to breathe deeply, close your eyes, and whisper thank you to the first thing that pops into your mind.
Thank you for today, thank you for the security this job provides, thank you for the breakroom coffee, thank you for anything you can think of!
The combination of a quiet moment and an attitude of gratitude can turn your whole day around and it is the perfect cocktail for comfort and relaxation!
3. Identify Your Weaknesses
We all have them and most of us avoid them. But it is so important to come to terms on what we can change and improve.
When we are able to improve our downfalls, then we can only progress forward.
Never accept your weaknesses as a part of your DNA and/or character. Weaknesses are only temporary if we work to improve them.
When we accept them, then they become ingrained in us and will forever hold us down. Don’t let that happen!
Get comfortable with failures and embrace your weaknesses. Never be afraid of asking powerful questions because the more that you know the more places you’ll go! (Love you, Dr. Seuss!)
Identify the areas at work that could use some improvement and then brush up in this area. Find ways to grow and learn!
New research from LinkedIn finds that people who genuinely enjoy their jobs have one thing in common:
Read more: https://www.lifehack.org/838412/coping-with-stress