Combating Work Related Stress

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(Last Updated On: September 15, 2014)

The first question is, are you at the right job for you? When you are out of place it is difficult to enjoy what you are doing and be happy.

So I admonish you to evaluate your current occupation condition.  What is your true passion? You could be enrolled in school striving to get to the job you really want. Or you may be in the process of applying for a new position. I encourage you to hang in there, don’t give up! It will be worth it in the end. But what do you do until you get to where you want to be? Great question! Everything is all about perspective.hand on face

Let’s say you absolutely hate your job. You don’t like the tasks you perform, your supervisor or your co-workers. Hopefully you like someone there but we will look at a worse case scenario. So here is a different perspective. Learn from your supervisor. You can observe what not to do. There has to be something that they are doing right and take notes. You are learning how and how not to treat people. There are always lessons to learn. Your attitude will determine your altitude.

Before you are elevated God wants to know that you are being faithful where you are. So do your job to the best of your ability so that you will not delay your promotion. The key to staying motivated is to not complain. I know that is easier said than done but be thankful for your job even if it is not where you want to be. You do have an income and there are others that wish they had a job.

The co-workers that you don’t like are being used to help you with your next assignment. You are learning to deal with difficult people and will be an expert. You also are learning self-control, patience, and humility. Again, it is all about perspective!

What will help you at work is to set the atmosphere. Bring in a small water fountain, air freshener or a candle, put on some relaxing music like jazz or classical. That will help you set the tone so that you can relax. You may need to set some boundaries.

If you have an office you may need to close your door more often. Take phone calls at a certain time throughout your day or take a certain amount of time and respond to emails. Write down a to-do-list and block out time that you will tackle priority items. If you manage your time that will help you to reduce stress.

Sonya Waddell is a licensed professional counselor near Atlanta, Ga.  She  is the author of Single Ladies: Living Holy in a Sexy World and her book can be purchased on Amazon.