“It is not the stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.”
Have you ever been so stressed out you could cry? Or wake up with a massive headache? Or spend your time off work, stressing about work?
We all have. Work Related Stress is probably the biggest stress facing most people today. It’s also the hardest to manage and deal with.
We can’t control the people we work with, the clients we deal with, or the tasks that are required of us. But, we can control how we deal with them.
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1 | Eat The Frog
I say this all the time but it’s true.
I learned that extremely successful people ‘eat the frog’ first thing in the morning. So, what does that even mean? It means they focus on their most difficult or time-consuming task first.
This book really helped push my productivity through the roof. Now I feel like superwoman. (I’m MUCH more productive than I use to be)
The book talks about how crossing off the frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will flow easily in comparison. And the best part is that you don’t have to worry about the hardest job being pushed until tomorrow.
Or at the very least, you know you gave it your all and all your priorities were in order.
Talk about stress relief!
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2 | Rewire Your Brain
Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? It isn’t complicated, it just takes time.
Listen to how you talk to yourself. If you wouldn’t talk to your friend like that, chances are you shouldn’t be saying it to yourself either.
I’m a bit of a self-development junkie, so when I was searching for new books on Amazon, I was really drawn in by the book: May Cause Miracles. As you can tell, the title promises a lot. I ended up loving it.
The author, Gabrielle Bernstein really goes in depth about rewiring your brain and takes you through a 40 day process to make it happen. Miracles really do happen once you learn to shift your mindset. It’s super power.
Next time you have a negative thought, acknowledge it, check yourself, and repeat an affirmation to yourself. Make this a habit and you’ll notice little miracles in your life happening right before your eyes.
3 | Know Your Triggers
The tough thing about triggers is that they are unique to everyone. If everyone experienced the same ones, we might cope with them better together. Except, situations you might find stressful may not bother your coworkers and vice versa.
For example, you might feel stressed speaking up at a work meeting, or anytime your boss contacts you outside of work it drives you a little crazy (my personal trigger). You might even feel stressed during certain times of day, such as at the very beginning or after lunch.
To identify your triggers, write down what is happening each time you feel stressed. Include the time, who was there, and what happened just before the situation.
By the end of the week, you should have a clearer idea of what is triggering your stress. This brings me to number two…
4 | Do Your Part
You can’t mend every situation, but you can absolutely do your part.
Once you’ve identified your triggers, you might notice that you feel the most stress at the end of the day. Maybe you just can’t stop thinking about your workload and feel the need to take work home.
Do your part.
If your workload weighs heavy on you, spend time in the morning or after lunch to prioritize your time to maximize your productivity.
Or, if you’re nervous about presentations or office meetings, research information and take classes on public speaking. As the saying goes – don’t monitor a problem unless you intend to fix it.
5 | Plan Stress Relief Activities
These activities won’t take much time or effort, but they’ll make a huge difference.
It could be as simple as taking a stroll during your lunch break or during your commute to work, putting on your favorite playlist and jamming out.
Prioritize these activities just as you prioritize your work. Don’t skip the small things because little by little, they add up.
Related: 25 Careers Tips No One Tells You
6 | Rewrite Your Responses
Don’t forget that your responses to situations are based on your subjective perspective. That perspective doesn’t always take other people into account.
If you notice you’re becoming anxious or hostile, take a few minutes to try to look at the situation from the other person’s eyes.
How many times have we reacted in a certain way and looked back and thought, “I wish I didn’t let that bother me” or “Now this situation is awkward, I could have handled that better”
No one wants to feel that way.
Situations like that lead to regret. Grab a notebook and write down how you felt, how the other person might have felt, and how you could’ve handled it differently. Learn how to handle situations, accomplish what you need to, and still manage to feel good about it.
7 | See Work as Work
And by this, I mean, focus more on work and less on opinions.
You might worry about doing a good job because you don’t want people to view you as a failure. Or you might be caught up in who is your friend and who isn’t.
Instead of wasting time focusing on others, focus on the task at hand. I mean, really give it your all.
Yes, it’s great to build relationships with your coworkers (and I definitely encourage it) but when it comes to things that can hinder you rather than help you – switch your line of focus.
You will do a better job and you’ll most likely earn yourself a promotion.
8 | Make Tweaks Outside of Work
Wait, what? I have to make changes outside of work too? Yes!
Get enough sleep, eat right, and prioritize self-care. Actually, just treat yourself like you care in general. Take time to enjoy a morning routine.
Treat yourself during the weekend. Learn something new. Nourish. Grow. Inspire. And let every brick you lay be the foundation of building yourself.
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