Q: I’m always so stressed and unhappy at work. What can I do to change this?
A: We spend the majority of our days at work, soooo it’s IMPERATIVE to learn strategies to manage our stress while we are there.
What are your main stressors? Boss, coworkers, overwhelming workload, not being challenged? Make a list. Once you’ve targeted what the main issues are, then you can brainstorm ways to cope.
If it’s problems with coworkers that are stressing you out, try talking out the issues with them directly. Sure, this can be awkward, but it may lead you all to a better place, so very much worth it. If this is not an option, ask your manager to mediate.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, work on your time management skills and change up your work flow. Sometimes a small change can help, like coming in a half hour earlier before anyone to focus without distraction.
Feeling overworked and under appreciated? Have a conversation with your boss and HR about your accomplishments and where you see yourself headed with the company. You are your biggest advocate.
All jobs can have stressful moments, but it’s unhealthy if you’re miserable 24/7. It’s important to find tools that help alleviate this. Not all of these ideas will work for you, but some might.
Ask a coworker to share some helpful tips that have aided in their success.
Talk to your boss about your concerns. It’s their job to manage, so allow them to provide you some guidance.
Take your lunch break away from your desk! Can’t stress this enough. Go outside for some fresh air, take a short walk. Some of my coworkers do a short workout during their lunch break and climb stairs. Another coworker got permission to lead an exercise class 1x a week. Or do some desk exercises/stretching to refresh yourself.
It’s far too easy to get caught in a negative cycle when we’re unhappy at work. Take a step back. What are the positives? Hanging with a clique at work that constantly talks badly about the job doesn’t help either.
When you leave work for the day, REALLY leave work. Of course, there is always another email to send, but for your sanity turn off the work mode and spend some time on you.
Have a serious heart to heart….with yourself. Is this the right job for you? Is it time to see what else is out there?
Don’t forget–YOU are the CEO of your company. Sure, maybe you’re not Sophia Amorouso of Nasty Gal, but this applies even if you’re a teacher, a sales rep, or an artist. You are in control of your career, your mission statement, your personal brand and what turns your path will take. Be fierce when it comes to your achieving your dream job.