Say "You're Fired" to Workplace Anxiety. Top 3 Stressors and How to Beat Them.
- Take a timeout. If you’re discussing an issue with a co-worker and you feel the conversation getting a little heated, it’s time to step away from the situation and let your emotions cool down.
- Listen and acknowledge. Often, what causes miscommunication is a failure to truly listen to what the other person is saying. Even if you disagree with their point of view, it’s important to hear them out before interrupting.
- Don’t take it personally. As the saying goes, you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Don’t get stressed out if you occasionally experience conflict with your co-workers. As long as disagreements don’t escalate to personal attacks or grudges, there’s probably nothing to worry about.
- Stretch – When you’re stressed, your muscles tense up, and the result is often a crick in your neck or a knot in your shoulder. To keep your body loose, take two minutes every couple of hours to stretch. Neck and shoulder rolls, hamstring stretches and side twists are all great moves to help get your blood flowing again.
- Laugh – It’s true what they say: laughter is the best medicine. A few chuckles can brighten the worst day, and a funny story can make you forget your worries for a while. When your body’s feeling tense, take a moment to joke around with a co-worker or read a comic strip that tickles your funny bone.
- Breathe – Taking a few deep breaths can help you separate yourself from your worries. Try counting to ten while slowly inhaling and exhaling. You might be surprised how much this simple act can do to relax your body and mind.