As much as you might wish you could, you can't eliminate or avoid or ignore job stress; all you can do is find ways to manage it.
In last week’s post, I talked about good stress (the motivating kind that stimulates and energizes you) and bad stress (the debilitating kind that makes you angry, sad, crazy and/or sick).
Both kinds regularly occur in the workplace. As much as you might wish you could, you can’t eliminate or avoid or ignore job stress; all you can do is find ways to manage it. I listed 25 ways to do so last week; as promised, here are 25 more:
1. Seek out work that suits your personality.
2. Establish practices and systems to better organize your tasks.
3. Anticipate where problems might occur and establish a “Plan B” for each.
5. Get rid of workplace clutter.
6. Set up your workspace to be as ergonomic as possible.
7. Stop procrastinating.
8. Learn when and how to say “no.”
9. Wear clothes that are appropriate, flattering and comfortable (yes, it is possible).
10. Know your limitations, and work effectively within them.
11. Manage your boss so that every situation is a win-win for both of you.
12. Let go of the desire to control everything and learn how to delegate.
13. Break large jobs into small steps and focus on one step at a time.
14. If you need help, ask for it.
15. When you need to, meditate/pray/contemplate.
16. Minimize your exposure to negative, toxic co-workers as much as possible.
17. After bad days, make a list of all the things you like about your job.
18. After bad weeks, make a list of all your achievements in the past year.
19. Clarify your life goals and take a step, no matter how small, toward them every day.
20. Practice loving and accepting yourself as you are.
21. Smile! Acting happy on the outside leads to feeling happy on the inside.
22. Practice a hobby or avocation that is fulfilling and brings you joy.
23. Give up on comparing yourself to others.
24. Give up trying to control the things that are uncontrollable.
25. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Remember that stress comes not from having a lot to do, but from feeling that you are not up to doing all that you have to do; that is, it comes from a sense of powerlessness. Building up your competence increases your power and reduces your stress.
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Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.