The saying goes “this too shall pass,” but when stress at work skyrockets, it’s hard to see past the storm. Whether you’ve been battling stress for months or your boss just kicked it into overdrive last week, it’s important to remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Staying positive is the key to getting through these stressful periods in one piece. Here’s how:
Stay Focused on the Positive
When the going gets tough and deadlines are approaching, it’s all too easy to lose sight of the positive things in your life. But consciously redirecting your train of thoughts will help you stay on track and avoid falling into a pit of despair.
Try this: Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious about work, consciously redirect your thoughts to the positive aspects of your job. Remind yourself of how lucky you are to have a job, to have colleagues that you enjoy working with, and to have a great boss. Making a consistent effort to change your thought patterns will help you stay positive in times of great stress.
Stay Focused on the Things You Can Control
It may be cliché, but it’s true: don’t stress about things that are out of your control. The trouble is, most of us believe that we are in control of everything. But this one simple exercise can help you throw your worries in the trash (literally), and take actionable steps to ease your worries about things you can control.
Try this: Grab a pad of sticky notes. Write down one thing that’s causing you stress on each note. Evaluate every note, and ask yourself one important question: is this something I can control? If it’s out of your control, toss the note in the trash. If it is in your control, ask yourself what actions you can take to impact the situation. The action you take will ease your stress and help you regain your sense of power.
When you’re stressed about work, it can be difficult to see the value in practicing gratitude. But taking the time to be thankful for the good things in your life will automatically redirect your negative thoughts to positive, uplifting ones.
Try this: When you find yourself unable to push past the mountain of negative thoughts, spend a few moments counting your blessings, such as your health, family, a roof over your head, food in your pantry and great friends. When you really sit down and consider all of the great things that you take for granted, it can quickly put things into perspective.
Nothing in life is certain, which is why life will never be completely stress-free. However, with the right tools, you can combat the negative aspects of work-related stress and stay focused on the positive.