Drew is a professional pharmacist who has experienced firsthand how the corporate world works.
Feeling stressed out as of late as if everything and everyone is against you? Take a long breath and try processing the issues first. Don’t quit immediately. Let us double down on your raging emotions. Inhale and exhale.
Already calm? If so, let’s get our facts straight. Did you know that it’s natural to feel stress at work? Yep, everyone. You and me. Even your colleagues experience work-related stress.
How about some interesting statistics to cool you down? In 2020, Perkbox had researched work and stress in the United Kingdom. It showed that 75% of employed British do experience work-related stress. What’s worse? It increased by 20% as compared to the statistics during 2018.
The same survey also presented another unbelievable yet interesting data. It showed that only 1% of British adults said they never dealt with work-related stress. It includes issues about piling workload, financial issues, lack of communication, and others. See how common it is to feel the work pressure nowadays?
You might have doubts, asking whether that’s true. After all, your co-worker doesn’t look stress as you? A toxic day passes and he still looks as cool as your company’s refrigerator.
I have reasons for that. One, he or she is in love? If not, then there is also another answer that I can give to you. Believe it or not, it might be because of how they are processing things in their mind.
They know how to handle stress. And unfortunately, you don’t.
Here are interesting things that your workmate does to keep cool. Simple but effective daily practices to swerve yourself away from the pressure lane. Learnable tips on how to deal with your work-stressed self.
- Avoiding Gloomy Discussions
- Focusing on What’s Ahead
- Keep Your Body Healthy
- Set Reasonable Goals Each Day
- Gratitude is a Great Attitude
- Do Your Best Then Rest
- So what are we waiting for?
So what are we waiting for? Let’s read on.
1. Avoiding Gloomy Discussions
Avoid gloomy discussions as simple as that. Talking about gloomy things spikes out your anxiety, which affects your work. The cause of your stress isn’t always about your workload. How you think and what comes out of your mouth can also affect you.
Clanking out things about the economy, your company, and your customers won’t get you anywhere. Instead of relieving your stress, you are only intensifying your stress levels. What’s worse? It can even affect your workmates.
Getting riled up is also a big no-no. Don’t argue about things that won’t help you at work. Who cares about your religion and your political views? Everyone at your work is there for work, not for some debate. Avoid this simple pitfall.
Oh, please don’t talk about worrisome and unimportant news. No need to talk about the troublesome news you have read on your smartphone. Don’t share the stress. You aren’t helping yourself and the other poor soul with whom you shared the news.
In the workspace, solve problems through discussions. Not start discussions to make problems. It will make your work much easier. So do not start some gloomy gossips as much as you can.
2. Focusing on What Is Ahead
Whipping yourself won’t get you anywhere. Instead, it will only pull you down. Set your eyes on what’s ahead and in front of you. There are two ways to process mistakes or wrongs. One is to feel bad about it. The other one is to use it as a guide. Set your mistakes as lessons worth learning. Not stumbling blocks.
What you are experiencing will one day become mere memories. Heck, you’ll even forget most of it. Set your eyes on what’s ahead. Think of each coming day as fresh adventures. Remember the past, learn from it, and move ahead. Start rowing your oars to move your ship.
Start something new, learn something new, and plan something new. This will help you find a sense of fulfillment plus a spice of glee. A simple but pleasant way to lessen work-related stress.
3. Keep Your Body Healthy
Keep fit. How many times have you heard it from someone?
Believe it or not. Keeping yourself fit and healthy will help you tide through stressful situations. Every one of us knows that exercising is good for the body. But did you know that it’s also a useful stress reliever?
According to the Mayo Clinic, any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever. Taking a walk and hitting the gym. Or even doing some yoga can boost your body’s endorphins—the feel-good hormones. These hormones can give us a free dose of euphoria. Yep, no need for that pot of weed.
It will also help you become more confident. Confident enough to help you handle stressful workloads and situations with poise. So please exercise and do not compete with your couch bugs.
4. Set Reasonable Goals Each Day
Set simple goals every day. It will help you focus and will help you become a cheerful person. But make sure that it’s reasonable and achievable. Don’t think about the impossible. Like doing all a month’s worth of work in a single day. Don’t play superman and complain that you are feeling stressed out.
Keep things grounded and realistic.
How about cleaning your table today as a small goal? Or buy a good pen today. Finishing these reasonable goals can help you for a long time. Completing a set task will give you a feeling of satisfaction. Even a simple goal done will add to your motivation and happiness.
In neuroscience and pharmacology, we pharmacists call it the dopamine effect. When you finish a task, your brain will release dopamine, a hormone linked to motivation and joy. It will keep you happy and fit.
So what are you waiting for? Scribble down those little goals.
5. Gratitude Is a Great Attitude
All accomplishments and successes in your life deserve applause. May it be small or large. Don’t take the pessimistic route with this one. It’s never bad to pat your back from time to time. Don’t forget to thank everyone who helped you. A simple thank you and a smile will do.
Your wife gave you a morning coffee? Say thank you. Your kid kissed you before you go to work? Give a thank you. An office mate helped you with a project? Say thank you.
A simple gesture of gratitude will take you a long way. It will help you develop positive relationships that will last for a lifetime. And heck, it will make you a perfect workmate that everyone wants to work with.
You can also start by writing about the wonderful things that happened to you today. A job well done today. Or a simple gesture of making a child laugh in the train express. Smile and be thankful for the gift of today. Whelp, not everyone gets another sunshine the next day.
6. Do Your Best Then Rest
Like the adage has said, “Life is full of surprises.” Not everything will always go according to your plan. There will be a lot of times that you’ll get the biggest shocks of your life—both in a good way and in a bad way.
The greatest enemy of satisfaction and happiness is worrying. Worrying is like a slow-acting poison that strikes your mind, then your body. Yep, worrying is a one-way ticket to the hospital of your dreams.
It’s good to realize that there are a lot of things outside of our control. The weather, your boss, your wife, your parents, your clients, and so on.
My advice is to take a chill pill. Do your best in your workplace and worry not about what’s in store for your future. Rest your body, heart, and mind for worrying won’t help you even a little. How about thinking of a solution instead of thinking of the problem?
Remember that everything will come to pass.
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Do take note. Being stress-proofed and not getting any stress (almost impossible) are different things. Everything will still depend on you and how will you apply these tips in your life.
What else can I say? Work for yourself and not for your work. Drill a positive mindset and enjoy life and everything it can offer. You only got one life to live. You don’t want it all spent on stress.
Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.
— Hans Selye, Founder of Stress Theory
- Geoffrey James’ Business Without The Bullsh*t
- UK Workplace Stress Statistics from PerkBox
- Healthy Lifestyle: Stress Management from Mayo Clinic
- Mauss, I. B., et al. (2011). Can seeking happiness make people unhappy? Paradoxical effects of valuing happiness. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 11 (4), 807–815.
- Boyraz, G., & Lightsey, O. R., Jr (2012). Can positive thinking help? Positive automatic thoughts as moderators of the stress-meaning relationship. The American journal of orthopsychiatry, 82 (2), 267–277.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Drew Agravante
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines on October 18, 2020:
Your welcome and thanks for reading Dora. Actually, number six is also my favorite.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 18, 2020:
Great tips whether you're working at home or in the office. Number 6 made me exhale immediately. Thank you.
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines on October 17, 2020:
Thanks, Arensshi! I'm glad it somehow helped you with your work. May you be stress-proofed every day.
Arensshi from Philippines on October 16, 2020:
Wow. You really write great articles. I learned a lot! I am starting a new job and your tips could help me a lot.
I commend you for writing research-based articles. They are really reliable.
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines on October 14, 2020:
Thanks for reading, Flourish. Very true, working without any goals will make you feel lost. A person in the middle of an ocean, rowing with only hands against the high waves.
Jose on October 14, 2020:
Thank you for sharing your tips in handling stressful environments. Looking forward to more write up.
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 14, 2020:
Reasonable goals are actionable and let you know where you’re going. Without a goal you’ll just move in a direction and that could be sideways or backwards!
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines on October 14, 2020:
Thanks for taking a read Bill. True, even I, has a lot to work on if it's regarding work-related stress. After researching and writing about this topic, I learned much more.
Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 13, 2020:
Nice list Drew. As the research shows we all experience stress, and learning how to deal with it just makes perfect sense. Great tips that I will focus on at work and at home.
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines on October 13, 2020:
Thank you for reading Ankita. In these times, it's necessary to lessen our stress both at home and at work. Learning some new tips never hurts.
Ankita B on October 13, 2020:
Useful tips to reduce one's stress at work. It was a nice read.