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Take Control of Stress At Work

March 10, 2016
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

Many of us spend a majority of our time and energy working - eight, ten and even twelve hour days are not uncommon. And whether you work for a large corporation or a small company, there's no doubt: "Work can be stressful.

No matter what your career choice, every job has it's own set of problems and sources of stress. From time to time, we will all deal with a variety of unpleasant issues. The questions are not whether or not stress exists in the workplace or whether or not you will be exposed to it, because we all will be. "How will you deal with the stress?" becomes the real question.

You can resign yourself to the fact that work is stressful and there's nothing you can do about it, or you can take control of what stresses you will let bother you and which ones won't.

I was given a book years ago that listed many issues that most of us stress over at work that really are unnecessary stresses that can be controlled. I've listed a few of the ones I found most prominent from the jobs that I have held in my life.

1. Be happy happy people are the ones who love what they do and are good at their job.

2. Be come less controlling this one took me longer to understand but basically don't worry about the actions of others and how those actions will affect you.

3. Don't dramatize deadlines no matter what line of work you are in, deadlines are an important part of the job. Working toward the ultimate goal may sometimes mean starting sooner to give yourself the time needed to do the job right.

4. Don't sweat the demanding boss the most demanding people are often the ones who push you out of your comfort zone and help you rise to a new level of competence.

5. Never ever backstab - it sound terrible and makes you look bad. It causes anxiety and you will lose the respect and trust of your co-workers.

6. Think of stress and frustration as distractions to your success.

7. Let go of personal clashes take responsibility for making relationships work. Rise to the occasion and meet the challenge and realize that everyone plays a different role in the organization.

8. Stop procrastinating in most circumstances, you do have enough time for projects, but you must start a littler earlier and make whatever allowances necessary to make sure you don't end up in a mad rush.

9. Remember the three R's be responsive, be receptive and be reasonable.

These are just a few ideas from the book I was given. I've tried to practice each one and I will admit I sometimes falter and the small stuff stresses me out worse than something big. But, I have found my self to be a lot happier and I enjoy going to work when I don't let the small stuff get to me.

 
 
 

 

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