Trying to keep up with a nonstop workload while remaining balanced and centered can be difficult for even the most mindful individuals. So, just how can you stay calm and cool in the face of stress at work?
A recent poll conducted by Monster found that most workers experience stress daily in the workplace. Here are 5 tips from career experts on how to effectively manage and reduce stress at work.
- Make it a habit. Career coach Sally Anne Giedrys: “establish a set of simple, easy nourishing habits to practice every day. Choose things that you really want to do and that are realistic to accomplish on your current schedule, not a list of things you think you should be doing. That might be as simple as taking a multivitamin. Nourishing habits built a foundation that helps us to feel centered and cared for.”
- Get Clear. Executive coach Darcy Eikenberg: “Get clear on what’s stressing you and what isn’t, Many times we assign negative feelings to our entire job, when a closer look reveals it’s actually just part of it that’s causing us pain. For example, you could be frustrated with a particular task, colleague, or the commute, but other things could be just fine. Don’t default to all-or-nothing thinking”
- Leverage your strengths. Sally Anne Giedrys: “Leverage your natural strengths to gain more energy and be more productive by doing more of what you’re naturally good at, and minimizing time on activities that are not your strong suit. You can find out what your strengths are and how to better use them at work by working with a coach or your human resources department to take an assessment.”
- Say what you need to say. Darcy Eikenberg: “The mistake we make in dealing with a stressful situation is that we let all of our banked frustration come out all at once, and then we become as toxic as our environment. Start by replacing your frustration with empathy. There is likely a reason for what’s happening, history, fear, or assumption are typical ones you can work to understand. Once you’re feeling empathy instead of anger, then focus your words on the behavior and its impact to create change.”
- Put up boundaries. Sally Anne Giedrys: “Set strong boundaries around how you’re working. This might mean bookending your day by honoring specific work start and end times, taking a lunch break away from your desk every day (because your body needs one), or setting aside uninterrupted blocks of focus time for work that needs your full attention. It might also mean making an appointment to talk to your manager about your workload, learning to delegate more or turning off the flow of constant information that we all see in the workplace.”