Natural Ways to Deal With Stress on the Job
Here you are, stuck in an office building, and that email is staring you in the face, burning you up. Then, it begins-just as you knew it would-the phone calls start, more emails start piling in, all pointing the finger at you. Whether you did it, didn’t do it, need to do it, are being falsely accused of it… the details don’t matter. It’s stress. Your head begins pounding, you begin to sweat, your mouth goes dry, your heart is racing-you just want to break out and run or go feast on sugar or carbs, smoke a cigarette or six or maybe open up that fifth of gin sitting on your kitchen shelf. Realizing that none of these options are realistic considering you’re trapped at work with no reasonable escape in sight, maybe the next thing you start to do is panic. Meanwhile, your blood is still boiling, and you’re not sure exactly how to react short of blowing up screaming at anyone in earshot or firing off a string of nasty emails of your own. Don’t do it..wait! Thankfully, restraint overcomes you thanks to that old fashioned common sense you were graced with, and you aren’t sure you’d still qualify for unemployment if you call your boss all the names you have stored up in your head, though they seem justifiable and fitting, all things considered.
What To Do?
When you’re trapped at work, your options for implementing stress management techniques are notably reduced, but they are not absent completely. Here are a few tips you can try. While some options will vary based on the level of oversight you have at work, you should be able to employ one or more of these strategies to help you get through until your release at the end of your work day, and then you can get much more creative in blowing off steam.
- Purchase a small exercise device that you can keep and use at your desk. This can be a hand strengthener, an upper body workout device-anything that is small and handheld that you can use at your desk that will help you spend up adrenaline and raise your heart rate.
- Spend 5 minutes concentrating on a meditative visualization technique. Close your eyes or stare at your desk and imagine that you’re somewhere else. Picture an amazing vacation spot, being with fun people you love. Or recall a beautiful conversation you’ve had in your life-something that was said to you that empowered you, inspired you, touched you or brought you joy.
- Stop everything and write an encouraging note or a note of gratitude to someone important to you. You can write it by hand or email-just think of how grateful you are for someone else or how wonderful someone else is and that you can’t wait to remind them and make their day brighter. Switching your thoughts to something drastically different and positive can flip a switch out of panic mode, swimming in stress to a more empowered state of mind where you can deal with a heated situation more logically and less emotionally.
- List all if the things about the stressful situation that you can control starting right now. How can you mitigate any further risks or damages if that’s part of the problem? What actions can you take now and in the near future to help manage the problem? What proactive steps can you take to prevent a similar situation from happening again, if possible? Bringing logical action steps into the situation can also help empower you to better manage the stressful issue and potentially even diffuse it, at least in your mind if not in anyone else’s.
- Once calmed, go upstream and ask for mentoring from an uninvolved person whom you respect and whom can provide an objective perspective on the situation and help you devise a plan t deal with the problem. Make sure to be honest and accept responsibility as appropriate to allow this mentor an opportunity to provide realistic coaching and advice to you, and this may include going to a supervisor and admitting guild, providing a quick, specific apology followed by a recommended plan of action you would like to employ to rectify the problem and prevent it from ever reoccurring in the future. However, if it’s not something you can control or could have controlled, skip the apology and move on to brainstorming and offering up a proactive solution.
- As you start to feel the stress, try a natural relaxant such as Formula 303. Thousands of people have had great success relaxing their muscles and stress.
Remember to put everything in perspective. Life is a ride with ups and downs. Sometimes we take things too seriously and need to take a step back and lighten up a bit. Even if someone else is being difficult, it doesn’t mean we have to jump in the chaos with them and get stressed.