No matter how satisfied you are with your job on a daily basis, you may encounter times in which you feel stressed out and like there is no end in sight. It’s crucial to remember that you cannot simply ignore these feelings and use “mind over matter” to power through – eventually, you may find yourself dealing with utter emotional or physical burnout. When you start to feel overwhelmed at work, try out these tips:
Be Mindful of Your Wellbeing
When you’re in the midst of a heavy workload or other stressful situation, it’s important to practice self-awareness so you can take back control. Every so often, stop and acknowledge how you’re feeling (such as irritable or flustered). This allows you to prevent reacting automatically and view the situation from a more logical mindset.
Take a Break
It may seem counterproductive, but when you’re feeling overwhelmed by how much you have to do at work, taking a break can make you able to get more done overall. Stop what you’re doing, take some deep breaths, and return to your work at a later time. This break gives you a chance to calm down and start fresh with renewed energy to tackle your workload.
Think (Very!) Short Term
Once you reach a breaking point where you feel helpless as to deal with how overwhelmed you are, think as short term as possible. Rather than focusing on all the work you need done by the end of the day, consider what you can do in the next few minutes to make progress. Break your To Do list down into the absolute smallest tasks possible to make the overwhelming seem achievable.
Reach Out for Support
Don’t try to keep your stress to yourself. You’ll feel much better if you have a support system around you. Whether it’s fellow colleagues who understand the day-to-day work environment with which you’re dealing, or your own family and friends who can help you relax and take your mind off work, don’t be afraid to reach out and get the support you need.
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