Job got you down? You'll find help on this list of 45 tips for coping with workplace stress.

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Even if you love your job, you probably get stressed out from time to time. That’s normal.

On those crazy days when it all feels like just too much, try one or two (or more) items from this list:

  1. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.
  2. Learn to manage your emotions instead of letting them manage you.
  3. Cultivate a sense of humor.
  4. Resist micromanagement, of yourself and others.
  5. Get enough sleep.
  6. Get to work 10–15 minutes early.
  7. Take breaks.
  8. Take a walk at lunch.
  9. Limit your caffeine.
  10. Eat breakfast (and lunch).
  11. Make some friends/allies at work.
  12. Post family photos (or other images that make you happy) in your workspace.
  13. Focus on the now (i.e., don’t agonize over the past, don’t fret over the future).
  14. Get some alone time.
  15. Find harmless ways to vent; e.g., cry or punch a pillow.
  16. Vary your routine.
  17. Stop trying to multitask.
  18. Remind yourself of what’s really important in life.
  19. Become better and faster at what you do.
  20. Try looking at situations from different points of view.
  21. Seek work that suits your personality.
  22. Learn to say “no.”
  23. Always have a fallback plan (a Plan B).
  24. Get better organized.
  25. Clean up workspace clutter.
  26. Stop procrastinating.
  27. Make your workspace as ergonomic as you can.
  28. Wear comfortable clothes that you look good in.
  29. Make “positive affirmations.”
  30. Learn to manage your boss.
  31. Meditate/pray/contemplate.
  32. Avoid negative people as much as possible.
  33. Write down the things you like about your job.
  34. Make a list of all of your achievements in the past year.
  35. Get clear on your life goals and take a small step toward those goals every day.
  36. Learn to love who you are.
  37. Smile.
  38. Get a hobby that makes you happy.
  39. Learn to prioritize.
  40. Learn to delegate.
  41. Stop comparing yourself to others.
  42. Ask for help when you need it.
  43. Break big jobs into bite-size pieces.
  44. Know your limitations and let others know them, too.
  45. Don’t try to control what is uncontrollable.

Unofficial #46: Hang in there!

Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use. Email her at