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.
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.
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.
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!