How to Handle Work Stress
In this difficult economy, stress can seem to be overwhelming. The main relaxing position to take is to be sure that you don’t start trying to fix things that aren’t broken. Especially troubling is the inability to control anything except yourself. But this can also be a very liberating position to take. Relax, do the best you can, and then let go. Letting go is the source of energy you will need to solve the next job that comes.
Learn how to take daily mini-vacations. You may like to do them at preconceived times; such as, 10 AM, 2 PM or more often.
More help for your stress:
(1) Stress at work getting you down? How to manage job burnout from the digerati life uses the burnout definition from the Mayo Clinic: “Burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term exposure to demanding work situations.”
This post reminds us that our life is out of balance. It recommends: exercise, learning how to do deep breathing, treating yourself to time spent with loved ones, changing jobs, learning how to say no, making rational decisions about medication and alcohol, get a good night’s sleep, eat well, have great sex, and read good books.
(2) In Are you afraid to say no at work?, Anita Bruzzese helps us begin to understand when saying no is the best job decision we can make. Only you can maintain a healthy work environment for yourself. I think of all our emotional, mental and physical responses as energy. Then I make a decision to use it positively.
Anita lists suggestions for saying no:
Be willing to ask for what you need.
Again use the deep breathing. Deep breathing is my first response when I begin to feel slightly anxious. Take a breath and hold it for 30 seconds–then slowly release the air. After 2 or 3 times, you’ll feel like a new person.
Be sure to make wise time decisions at work.
If your boss asks for a new task on top of others, ask her/him how you should prioritize these. He or she may not realize the others jobs you’re juggling.