A Simple Guide To Handling Stress At Work
By Jacob Shriar
Many years ago, one of my mentors told me “everyone has problems, it’s how we deal with those problems that make us who we are.”
That advice has always stuck with me.
I used to not be able to handle stress very well, and I’ve worked hard to make it easier for me to handle it.
I remember when I used to let my thoughts spiral out of control.
Stress was this infinite loop that would be hard to stop. Stress would lead me to sleep less and eat worse, creating more stress, never getting to the root of the problem.
When you’re stressed, you don’t think clearly. You make poor choices, and besides the physical and mental effects, it can have a terrible effect on your work.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Stress is actually a very positive thing, it all depends on how you see it. The secret to making stress your friend is by looking at it as an opportunity instead of a problem.
Much easier said than done, of course. One important thing to remember is that you’re not alone.
Many employees across the world report being stressed at work.
I’ll teach you everything I can about how to make stress your friend, and how to make stress at work a positive thing instead of a negative one.
Why Stress Is Good For You
Before looking at ways to improve your response to stress, it’s important to understand why stress is good for you (always start with why).
Stress Is Exciting
Think about it.
A little stress at work is a good sign. It means you’re engaged, excited, and passionate about what you’re doing.
When you challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone is when you experience the most personal growth. Making yourself a bit uncomfortable and challenging yourself will make you a bit stressed.
That’s okay, that’s part of life. Embrace it.
Stress Improves Memory And Focus
Research has shown that stress can improve your working memory and focus, making it an incredibly positive thing for the workplace.
The reason for this is that when you’re stressed, your body tries make you more alert, putting itself in that “fight or flight” mode.
Stress Keeps You Healthy
When you’re stressed, your body produces hormones to fight off illness and keeps your body healthy.
Stress helps you boost your immune system, which is good for both work and your personal life.
Important: Like most things in life, there is a limit to how much this will work. When stress becomes too high, it causes damage, but a “good” amount of stress can be a positive thing.
Knowing this, the trick is to do things to manage your stress every day, so that it never reaches that high point.
Stress And Performance
One of the main reasons we need to stop being so scared of stress is that stress is actually good for your performance.
When we’re not stressed enough, we become bored, and that’s never good for our motivation or productivity. When we’re too stressed, we become Go to the full article.