How to Deal with Stress at Work

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You might have noticed that’s it been a little quiet around here these days. I’m trying to create more thoughtful content on the blog, but also my day job has been taking up a lot of my focus and energy. Many of you know that I work for an airline. Well we’ve just come out of four different hurricanes all back-to-back-to-back. During this time, it’s all hands on deck and everyone works around the clock through late nights and weekends, to get the operation back up a running and take care of everyone who has been devastated by the storms. Stressed has been my baseline for the past month, so I figured I’d tackle it here on the blog and share my tips on how to not let it get the best of you.

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1. Confide in your work BFF.
If you think about it – with the exception of a significant other – you probably spend more time with your co-workers than anyone else. And no one knows you like a work bestie. Because they’re familiar with what you’re dealing with on a daily basis, they’re better equipped to empathize with your stressors and might even be able to give you advice to address the issues head on.

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2. Go for a walk.
As simple as it seems, physically removing yourself from the center of your stress can serve as a mini-reset for the mind. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or in a rut, I pause the task at hand and go for a walk. Usually I’ll try and go outside for some fresh air or eat lunch with a co-worker away from our desks. When I’m in a time crunch, I’ll still take five minutes and take a lap around the hallway (usually to the vending machine, but that’s a whole different coping mechanism). It’s enough time for my mind to wander somewhere else and get the blood flowing.

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3. Recognize a colleague. 
At my company, we have a online social platform where we can send each other “kudos” of sorts – recognizing colleagues for going above and beyond. Even if your company is a little more analogue, it’s just as easy to leave a sticky note or a thank you card for someone who has helped you out through the tough times. Recognizing someone else is a great reminder that we’re all in this together. If you’re stressed, your co-worker is probably feeling the same. We’re all working towards the same goals, so why not share a little thanks and positivity? Plus, uplifting each other is just plain good for the soul.

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4. Remember why you’re there.
Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the negative aspects about work – especially during crunch time. Ugh, I have to stay late another night. Ugh, I have to work on the weekend. Ugh, all of these projects are driving me certifiably insane! But instead of giving up or going on a rant, why not think about why you’re there in the first place? At some point, you wanted this job – and if you’re lucky enough, this is your dream job. Here’s the thing thought – dream jobs aren’t always a dream. There will be times where you have crazy hours and overwhelming projects, but underneath it all there should be a simple, single purpose – the reason why you wanted this job in the first place. Remind yourself of that and maybe you’ll get through your day with a little more clarity. I know I do!

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