The holiday season is approaching quickly, and many are looking forward to spending time with friends and family to celebrate. However, if workplace stress is harming productivity, hindering morale, or negatively impacting your mood both inside and out of the workplace, your holiday season might not seem as bright.
Luckily, there are things you can do to address workplace stress before the holidays arrive. Here’s how to get started.
Define Your Internal Stressors
Many people deal with a range of internal stressors. Unrealistic expectations you impose on yourself, negative self-talk, and perfectionism are just a few examples, and they can all ramp up anxiety levels.
By defining which internal stressors are impacting you, you can find paths to mitigate the issue. Take a moment to look inward and see how your mentality may be harming your stress levels, ensuring you are able to focus on the right areas.
Pinpoint the External Stressors
Along with internal stressors, nearly everyone faces external stressors that aren’t fully in their control. This could include anything from a cumbersome workload to a lack of needed resources on the professional side. On the personal front, this may involve health issues, financial troubles or family difficulties.
Again, by defining which are involved, you are positioning yourself to take corrective action. Look closely at your situation and pinpoint which external stressors may be in play.
Face Your Fears Head-On
Fear can increase stress levels dramatically. It isn’t uncommon for the idea of a worst-case scenario involving a stressor to make any situation seem dire, increasing your anxiety.
If you want to get this under control, you need to actually face your fear head-on. Consider what the worst-case scenario looks like and what would happen if it occurs. Play the entire thing out in your mind, including what it would be like to go through any potential repercussions or fall out.
In many cases, you’ll discover the situation isn’t actually as bad as it appeared. In others, you’ll learn that the possible negatives can be weathered with relative ease. Often, you’ll realize just how unlikely the worst-case scenario is, allowing you to move past it. But, even if the situation could be incredibly challenging, you’ve now given your fear context, making it easier to find paths for moving forward before anything plays out.
Talk It Out
Many professionals forgo talking about their stress with loved ones. But, by bottling your feelings up, you are internalizing the struggle, and that can make you feel very alone. Additionally, it means you are choosing not to let your support system help, and that isn’t ideal.
Have a conversation with someone you trust in regards to your stress. Not only will you get some of your feelings off your chest, but they may be able to provide you with helpful guidance or, at a minimum, reassure you that you aren’t alone.
If stress is negatively impacting your daily life, you might want to speak with a mental health professional. That way, they can work with you to come up with a plan that will allow you to move forward.
Ultimately, the techniques above can make it easier to manage your workplace stress.