🌼7 Ways to Keep Your Cool at Work(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
Avoid blowing up at work by finding constructive ways to vent your frustrations
“The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about your circumstances.” — Andrew Bernstein, an American philosopher
Work is stressful. The last thing you want is to get fired, jeopardize a good relationship, or damage your reputation because you lose your cool at work.
Even if you don’t have anger management issues, you should take steps to ensure you don’t blow up at work when your job is stretching you thin.
There are some things you can do to regulate your emotions and find relief when things are tough. You don’t want to hurt your relationships or reputation at work, so you find ways to release some steam when your work gets you worked up. Your image and self-worth at work are too crucial not to take precautions to keep your cool.
Here are seven things you can do when you are on the edge of making a fool out of yourself at work.
1. Give Yourself Space and Take Some Deep Breaths
One of the most powerful things you can do is to breathe deeply and give yourself some space from work. Close your office or work area door to regroup and regulate your emotions. If you can’t close your door, take a walk to the bathroom or around the block.
When you stop what you are doing and take some deep breaths, you can slow your mind down and think more clearly. Many mistakes are made when your emotions are supercharged. You could also meditate. Take time to get your mind under control, so you don’t lose your cool.
“Mediation applies the brakes to the mind.” — Rama Maharshi, an Indian sage
2. Find a Trusted Confidant and Talk it Out
It would be best to find an ally or a confidant with whom you can share a secret or private matter. This confidant will make sure what you say is not repeated with others. Having someone in your workplace that you can trust can help you vent safely.
Having these conversations with your confidant can help you talk it out and find a solution to your challenges. This person can be a sounding board so you can have a positive outcome from the challenge you are experiencing.
It’s crucial to have someone who has your back and who can spare some time for you to talk through your issue at work. Bottling up your emotions won’t help in the long run. Talk with others you trust about your concerns before your feelings build up too much and boil over.
3. Build Buffer Time into Your Schedule
One of the ways to ensure your emotions don’t get you in trouble is to buffer time in your schedule. Instead of scheduling your day full of meetings, give yourself some break time between meetings, so you have time to recover and get centered.
Your schedule can help you keep calm and be your hero when you need time from a stressful day. Buffer time will help you overcome unexpected circumstances of meetings running over or last-minute changes to your calendar. To ensure you have buffer time in your schedule, use time blocking.
4. Take a Break
Take a break when you think you are losing your cool at work. I take more breaks, and you should too. Research shows work performance worsens the longer you focus on one task for a long time.
Taking a break is not bad; it’s good for you because your brain and body need a time out from work. We are not built for extended focus. A small break can make a big difference.
Taking a step back can help you gather your thoughts and regain your composure. This will help you get your emotions in check. Taking a break can ensure you have the energy to be productive throughout the day.
“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” — Gene Tunney, an American professional boxer
Physical activity is an excellent stress reliever. Go for a walk around the block, do yoga, or go for a jog. Exercise will help you center yourself, replenish your energy, and better face challenges in your workday.
Physical activity will help you stay on the right path and ensure you don’t lose your cool at work. Taking a break for exercise can help you control your emotions and ensure you don’t have a knee-jerk reaction to something.
Exercise helps your mind as much as your body. Get up and get moving. It will help you clear your head and regroup.
6. Find a Coach
“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.” — Bob Nardelli, an American businessman
Consider hiring an executive coach to help you stay cool, calm, and collected at work. An executive coach allows leaders to think differently, provide support and guidance, and view things objectively. A coach can offer a safe and confidential place to discuss your issues at work.
A coach can help you reflect on your situation and work with you to develop ways to cope with challenges. A coach can provide you with a relief valve to talk through frustrating people, unpleasant surprises, and complex issues at work.
7. Take a Vacation
Work stress adds up. Just as taking many breaks during the day will help, you must take time off work to recharge your batteries. You have vacation time for a reason: it is meant to be used. Don’t feel guilty for taking a vacation this year.
Vacation will enable you to reset mentally and ensure your emotions are not bottled up. Plan your vacation for next year, so you guarantee you will take time off. Remember this:
“20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain, an American writer
You earned your paid time off, and it’s not your responsibility if your company can’t handle your vacation. Change your mindset about vacation because you deserve it. It would be best to rest and restore your mind and body to do your job better and make sure you don’t lose your cool at work.
Bringing It All Together
You can keep your cool at work if you find constructive ways to vent your frustrations. There are seven ways you can do that.
Give yourself space and take some deep breaths. Find a trusted confidant and talk it out. Build buffer time in your schedule. Furthermore, take a break, exercise, find a coach, and take a vacation.
Work can be stressful, and it can stretch you thin. The last thing you want is a blow-up at work that gets you fired.
Work is full of ups and downs, so it’s crucial to learn how to navigate the tough times and become a better person because you overcame the challenges. You don’t have to pretend negative emotions don’t exist; you must learn how to handle them.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” — William James, an American philosopher, historian, and psychologist
Contributed by Matthew Royse
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