Managing Stress

There’s nothing quite like the stress you experience at work. No matter what your profession, chances are it comes with a certain degree of pressure, which can take a toll on your stress levels. Whether it’s a terrible boss, picky clients, a pesky co-worker, or you simply don’t like what you are doing, there are ways to combat work stress when it rears its ugly head.

#1 Identify the Problem.

The first step is identifying the problem. If you’re having challenges with a boss or co-worker, it’s important to assess the company culture before you tackle the issue. If other people in the company are having the same or similar issues, then it’s likely the problem isn’t all in your head. If everyone else seems to be getting along just fine, then it’s time to get introspective and take an honest look at if you are contributing to the issue. Sometimes we get so stressed and upset we can’t see our roles in the problem. Identifying what you can do differently to help the issue is a good first step.

#2 Venting can be a Lifeline.

When you’re frustrated at work, venting can be a lifeline. It’s undeniable that it feels good to commiserate with others in the bunker with you, but be very careful who you vent to. Just because you’ve shared some boozy happy hours together does not mean you can trust Misty from accounting with the fact that you hope your boss gets hit by a car. If you can, avoid venting to co-workers in general. On the other hand, try not to burden friends and family with too much complaining about how much you hate your job/boss/clients/fill in the blank. They will grow tired of it quickly, and you will continue to be in a negative headspace the more you complain. As cheesy as it sounds, a positive mind frame can change everything!

#3 Make Moves.

If you’re truly miserable, it’s time to make moves. Life is too short to spend the majority of your time being unhappy. Taking the steps towards a new job can help lift your spirits and show you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Find a good recruiter and schedule a call, refresh your resume, and hit LinkedIn to see what’s out there. This is also a great time to activate your network. Try to set a goal of setting up coffee with two people every week that can help you in your job search.

#4 Trick to Manage Stress.

It’s a good idea to have a few tricks up your sleeve to manage the stress while you figure out your next move. Fresh air and a brisk walk can help clear your head and settle the anxiety. Deep breathing, visualization and a quick meditation also work wonders. Don’t be afraid to tap into your vacation days – that is what they are there for. There’s nothing like a breather from work to help reset and recharge your batteries.

Written By: Katherine Curkin

Member of the Kali Girl Tribe.