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Don’t Let Your Work Keep You Down

It’s well documented that more than 25 percent of American employees feel work-related stress. Stressful encounters can come from clashing with coworkers, missing deadlines, being overworked, and dealing with professional problems. The issue is that when a person is unhappy at work, they bring those negative feelings home to their families in the evening. There […]

It’s well documented that more than 25 percent of American employees feel work-related stress. Stressful encounters can come from clashing with coworkers, missing deadlines, being overworked, and dealing with professional problems. The issue is that when a person is unhappy at work, they bring those negative feelings home to their families in the evening. There are ways to stop watching the clock and waiting on for the day to end, and it will also avoid the negative impact job stress can have on a personal life. Here are some tips on dealing with angst at work.

Learn Meditation and Breathing Techniques

Stress is inevitable. The best way to combat it is to learn ways to calm the inner man. When things start boiling at work, it’s best to use meditation and deep breathing to relax the body. Acknowledge the situation is out of control and then do something to help calm down. It’s amazing how well a person can deal with stress when they master the art of keeping calm, cool, and collective.

Recognize Personal Limitations

It’s not uncommon to feel pulled in 100 directions on the job. Feeling that there is no sense of accomplishment leads to feelings of being unappreciated and overburdened. One must pinpoint the issue that is causing anxiety. It may be beneficial to bring a peer in to help. Don’t feel bad about saying that assistance is needed. Learning to express what a person feels is healthily dealing with stress, and learning personal limitations can be freeing.

Disengage and Unplug For Personal Time

Cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices have made society engaged 24/7. While these devices have made the workforce better, they can be intrusive on personal time. It’s okay to turn off the phone, shut down the tablet, and walk away from electronics. If a professional doesn’t learn to disengage occasionally, then they will suffer psychological degradation. Taking a mental health break is healthy.

Some jobs are more stressful than others, but it’s essential to develop useful skills to deal with the daily grind. Make lists, have a counseling or peer team to talk with, and let the employer know when they are pushing too hard. It’s better to speak freely about what’s causing job anxiety rather than to harbor resentment and eventually quit.

Herrick Lipton is the CEO of New Horizon Counseling Center in New York and is also an advocate for mental health. For more information about Herrick or to get in touch with New Horizon Counseling Center for resources, please visit nhcc.us or call 718-845-2620.

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