An increasing number of people are not able to stay calm and relaxed at work. Work has become almost synonymous with stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction.
Dissatisfaction and tension can be rooted in several factors. Some individuals may be unhappy about their salaries. Some may be dissatisfied with the very little opportunities they get to grow or climb the corporate ladder. Still others consider their jobs not challenging or engaging enough. And almost everybody has to face the challenge of having multiple tasks to complete, deadlines to beat, and bosses and clients to please.
Given all these, it is almost impossible to stay calm and relaxed at work. It needs to be done, though. If you are chronically tense and worried, you will become extremely unhappy. You are likely to be unproductive. You are likely to feel overwhelmed. This chronic state of mind is likely to undermine your health, physically and emotionally. Here are ten great tips for staying calm and relaxed at work.
How To Stay Calm And Relaxed At Work?
If you do not want to get overwhelmed at work, you can use some techniques that an increasing number of people have found effective.
1. Look at work with an upbeat disposition
A lot of things depend on your attitude. If you look at your job as a battle you need to survive, you are likely to feel crushed or exhausted by your efforts to carry on.
Try to cultivate a game mindset. Look at your job as an engaging and exciting game – one that challenges you to reach for excellence while you have fun working out strategies, carrying out the details of your plan, and working with your associates to win as many points as you can.
2. Learn to delegate and/or ask for assistance
You do not have to do everything yourself. If you have people under you, learn to delegate. If you have too much on your plate, learn to tap the people in your network for assistance. They may have the knowledge and skills that will facilitate things and make it easier to reach your goals.
Feeling that you are on your own is a guaranteed way to feel beleaguered and helpless.
3. Develop a strong support system
Tap into this system for assistance or insight whenever you start to feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities. Discussing your thoughts with trusted colleagues will help dissipate your worries. It will also help you get a fresh and objective perspective from people who are not as emotionally invested in the project as you are.
4. See things in perspective
You tend to fuel the tension by your own skewed views of things. You may really have difficult deadlines or a hard-to-please boss. But if you dwell on these things and make expansive and sweeping statements, you will start to believe that nothing is going the way you want them to.
To stay calm and relaxed at work, do not forget to acknowledge the things that are going well. You may have a job that you really like. You may be receiving a sizeable salary. So if you start to feel overwhelmed by having to work long hours to meet the deadline on a particular project, try to look at things realistically. It is just one project.
5. Try to remain positive
Making a conscious effort to acknowledge what is going right in your job is an effective way to become calm and relaxed at work. Learn to recognize when things go well at work, when you feel that you have accomplished something regardless how small, and when things seem to be comparatively easy. Remember the good days, especially when things turn difficult (as they tend to sometimes). Accept the fact that your moods may ebb every now and then. During these times, remember the happy occasions so you are kept on track.
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6. Respect boundaries
Leave work in the office. Because we live in a digital world, it may be difficult to do this. And some people may have different inclinations where separation of work and personal life is concerned.
Research shows, however, that it is healthy to create a clear separation of the two realms. You become happier and more productive at work, eager to meet its challenges when you come back refreshed from time well-spent at home. In the same manner, after a full schedule at work, you tend to look forward to spending quality time with your family.
7. Take time off
To avoid work burnout, it is important to take a vacation every now and then. Make sure that you switch off totally from work when you do so. Do not stay in touch with the people in the office through text messages or e-mail. Make full use of your vacation to unwind, relax, and chill out completely. Only by doing so can you come back to work fully reinvigorated and all set to face the challenges again.
8. Learn relaxation techniques
Relaxing does not come naturally to some people. Find out about the different relaxation techniques. Learn to meditate. Do yoga. Learn to master deep breathing exercises. Learn about mindfulness and focus techniques. These techniques will help you become better at managing stress.
When you become anxious, you tend to breathe in a quick and shallow manner. Doing so can only make you more panicky. You tend to make rash, and oftentimes wrong, decisions or become more anxious and unproductive.
When you recognize that you are becoming unduly apprehensive, take some time off. Concentrate on your breathing to bring the panic down. Take a deep breath, hold it, and exhale through your mouth. Breathe this way over and over until you feel yourself becoming calmer and more relaxed before going back to work. A calm and relaxed demeanor helps you to make the right decisions.
9. Be prepared
If you know what you are going up against, it is easy to develop a detailed plan to help you achieve your goal. You may not know exactly what the next work challenge will be. However, you have a fairly good grasp about the typical types of problems that usually surface on a regular basis.
It is wise to come up with a few possible ideas regarding how to handle possible problems. This practice will not only save you time when the problem does crop up, it will make a great difference to your frame of mind. Knowing that you have a few things up your sleeves that require just a little fine-tuning when the time comes will make you feel confident, and calm and relaxed at work.
10. Learn to appreciate the big picture
When you feel your anxiety start to skyrocket, take time out. Breathe deeply. Ask yourself just how important the situation will be in a week’s time, or maybe a month, a year or ten years hence. This will help you put things in perspective.
Do not agonize over situations that are beyond your full control. And stop expecting yourself to be perfect. It is by maintaining a realistic and positive outlook that you remain happy, calm and relaxed at work. It is also the best way to become more productive and successful.
How do you stay calm and relaxed at work? Feel free to share your tips in the comments below.