Let’s face it. There’s going to be times at work where you want to pull off your hair (if you have any) and scream at the top of your lungs. Deadlines are due, your boss assigned you to 5 other projects, and you have no idea how to start. Things like this have happened/will happen to you. The simplest way to handle this, is to say “f it,” pack your bags, and head out the door. Simple solution right? The only thing is you won’t have a job the next day. All kidding aside, there are a couple of useful ways to handle your stress at work.
1) Take a Break.
If you’re in an office setting, then sometimes it’s always good to just take a walk outside so you can take a breather. When you’re under stress, you’ll notice that your mind is probably going all over the place. You start to worry about when you’ll be able to get your work done, and you also start to panic hoping that your boss won’t fire you things aren’t done correctly. Therefore, you want to gather your thoughts and one of the best ways of doing that is to just go outside, and take a short breather. Give yourself some time to reflect, and to organize your thoughts on how you’ll be able to accomplish tasks at work. You can also take a co-worker with you for a walk and try to get his or her feedback/recommendation with whatever is stressing you out at work. Bare in mind, that you want to keep this “break” productive. I’ve seen co-workers that would go outside for a breather and complain about the work that they were assigned by their boss. That’s not going to solve anything. You want to figure out how you can knock out your projects / tasks at work, rather than complain even more. It’s not going to get you anywhere.
2) Plan Ahead.
One of the best ways to handle stress is to plan ahead. A good boss typically gives you an assigned project way before it’s due. Now if you have a boss that just loves to give you a bunch of projects that are due as soon as possible; then maybe you should look for another job. Why be at a job where you have a boss that’s not even considerate when giving you assigned tasks? When it comes to planning, you want to create yourself a roadmap. A roadmap – meaning, what steps will you be doing specifically for your tasks, and how long will each step take? When you break it down by the numbers, it will create less stress for you. Sometimes seeing smaller numbers helps a person, unless it’s money :).
3) Ask Questions.
When you’re stressed at work, talk to your peers and ask questions. If you don’t understand your assigned task (which can cause a lot of stress), then you have every right to get some assistance. Do not be scared that you’re going to bother them, because that’s their job, which is to give you proper guidance. Also, if you think that a specific project is too hard/or impossible for it to be due at a certain time frame, then see if you can extend the due date with your boss. It doesn’t hurt to ask. Now if they aren’t willing to compromise, then ask them what other options do they have. Let them know too that you’re extremely stressed at work, but also give them an understanding as to why you’re stressed. If you just tell them “Hey [name], work is super stressing me out. I can’t do this,” then you won’t get anywhere. Remember, the goal here is to respect your peers side as well because working for a company isn’t all about you. It’s about everyone.
Utilizing these three simple steps should help your stress at work. There will be a time too, where you should ask yourself, “Am I at the right job?” If you’re not having fun, and you’re stressed all the time, then why are you there? Maybe it’s time to consider working at a new job that won’t cause too much stress. In all honesty, you’re going to be at your job most likely 5 times a week. That’s about more than half of your time being spent at work. So make sure you at least enjoy your job!