It goes without saying that workplaces are full of stress triggers that can lead to other negative and unwanted emotions. Deadlines, meetings, inadequate resources, dozens of emails and sleep deprivation can take a toll on your well-being.
The American Institute of Stress reports that the most common cause of workplace stress is a heavy workload.
Having to stay back and deal with frustrating tasks is another thing. However, when nothing seems to go your way and even colleagues start giving you a tough time, emotions can run high.
You feel like accomplishing a lot, but is it really worth it? Remember it’s a bad day, not a bad life!
Dealing with Unwanted Emotions
It’s understandable that when nothing is going your way you want to quit. At times like these, staying calm and rational can be difficult. However, it’s not impossible.
Here’s what you can do to manage your emotions:
Understand the Problem; It’s Not You!
What’s causing you distress? Is it the way your colleague treat you? Was it the tone your boss used when rejecting your ideas? Do you feel unheard? Is it having to work extra hours? Is it having to cover another colleague’s shift?
Identify the root of the problem. Once you understand what’s causing the dissatisfaction, it’ll become easier to take the next step!
DON’T Draft/Respond To Emails When Angry!
When we’re unable to think logically, it can be extremely tempting to cause the other person distress.
Find a healthier outlet. Keep tabs on your emotions. Also, remember that emails can count as written proof; keep it focused, objective and professional.
Find What Works for You
Go for a quick coffee. Listen to music. Step away from your work station for a few minutes. Destress. Write down your thoughts.
Put Yourself in Others’ Shoes
One of the reasons people end up damaging their professional relationships is because they don’t look at the other side of the fence. Perhaps they’re having a bad day. Maybe they said what they said in the heat of the moment. Maybe they don’t fully understand what they said.
Looking at the problem from a different angle will make it easier to deal with and understand the emotions behind the person’s actions.
Detach Yourself from the Situation
When emotions are high, your judgment is clouded. You inadvertently tend to be irrational. Disassociate from the situation. View it as a third party. Objectively evaluate the scenario now.
Communicate your concerns factually. When you take the emotions out, you’re more rational. It’s tempting to yell at the person in question. Remember, it’s not worth it. It will only make you look unprofessional. Rise above the situation. It will only add to your development.
These are just a few tips to follow if you want to manage unwanted emotions in the workplace.
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