I’ve never a great [immediate] manager in my life. I know you’re probably thinking, “well maybe you’re the problem.” I’ve had that same thought myself. I have even had to go back and check my behavior, because I knew I was being unreasonable at times. However, majority of my issues stemmed from bad leadership. “A bad manager can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation.”
So how do you as an over-worked employee, strong-minded creative, or unconventional self-starter deal with the stresses of your job? Here are a few tips that I have put to the test and they’ve proven to help me along the way.
Identify the Stressor.
Figure out what exactly is causing you to be stressed. Is it a new program you’re having to learn? Is your supervisor micromanaging you? Are you being paid less than you feel you deserve? Or have you been slacking off and now have to play catch up? Once you pinpoint the leading cause for your stress it will be much easier to find an effective solution.
2. Make Wise Decisions.
Visiting the local Mexican restaurant for margaritas on your lunch break may not be the wisest decision for combating work-life stress. However, if you find yourself stressed because your job overworks and underpays you it may be wise to consider a career change. Slapping your supervisor is a surefire way to get you fired and placed on the “DO NOT REHIRE” list, or possibly even land you behind bars. A more effective way to deal with this issue would be to channel your energy into a physical activity such as exercise.
3. Leave Your Work at The Office.
Many of us are guilty of bringing work-life problems home with us, and therefore these issues spread into our personal lives. This is why it’s important to set work-life boundaries. This may mean only checking your email between 8am and 5pm, turning your phone off during dinner, or taking an hour to yourself after getting off work.
4. Relax, Relate, Release!
The STOP method has proven most effective for me when it comes to dealing with stress.
S – Stop. Don’t move. Take a step back and stop engaging in whatever activity you’re doing.
T – Take a deep breath. Inhale and exhale slowly.
O – Observe. Pay attention to your body and your surroundings. Do you feel tense? Is your environment stressful? Pinpoint your emotions.
P – Proceed with purpose. What steps will you take to feel betteR? Do you need rest? Should you continue to work? Do you need to remove yourself from a certain situation?
Pray to whomever it is you pray to. If none of these tips work then maybe your Lord can work it out, cause Chile you need a miracle!
Peace, love, & good vibes…