How to Deal With Stress in a Stressful Workplace
We’re all impacted by stress. Stress is a great motivator, but it can also be dangerous to your health and your career. Read these important ways of how to deal with your stress and apply them to your daily routine!
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Find out where stress comes from
Stress can sometimes be minimized by recognizing where it’s coming from. What could be impacting you most is some sort of event that happens daily, or every few days, that causes you stress. Finding out what’s causing you problems may naturally give you some ways to make it go away or get easier.
Sometimes it’s just not that easy, and you might need to take a step back and perform a “self-audit”. What does this mean exactly? If the origin of your stress can’t be found anywhere immediately, take some time to look inward. Just spend roughly 15 minutes a day in meditation. Let your natural brainstorming process run its course. If you find yourself focused on one particular thing, and you can see how that thing could be negatively affecting you, you might have found it!
Eliminate the Cause
This is easier said than done. What if a co-worker is stressing you out? Or what if your job is killing you, but you love it and it pays really well? If you can’t sleep at night due to the stress of it, you’ve got to address the problem head-on instead of ignoring it.
Getting rid of stress creators is a painful process and needs to be handled on a case-by-case basis. If it’s something that can be thrown away and won’t impact your daily life, it’s better to do it right away, such as a bad habit or a friend who isn’t really your friend. Maybe your entire job is weighing you down; consider making a career adjustment or mention it to your supervisor and ask if there is something they can do.
Minimize the Impact
If the stressful person, place or event is a necessity, consider the ways these things are affecting your daily routine. Look at how that one person just grinds your gears and annoys the hell out of you; look at how your boss inspects your work with a fine-toothed comb.
Instead of digging into your routine more, shake it up a little. Pour more effort into what you’re doing, even if you’re at 100%.
If that doesn’t work (which it might not; everyone is different), do the opposite and take a break (if you can).