Working is wonderful! You get to go meet with great minds everyday, do what you love, and maybe make a good buck at it too.
In every job though, there is something that you may not quite enjoy. Maybe it’s something that’s a little boring but required or it can be something more stressful.
When it’s stressful at work, you have to keep going and it can be hard to. Does this scenario sound familiar to you?
A customer is very upset and has called in. They are getting more frustrated as you work through ways to try and help them. After what feels like eternity, the problem is resolved and you hang up. You take a big breath but you can still feel the stress pumping through your veins.
There are quick ways to healthily cope with the stress. Below are some quick ways to help you become zen again.
- Deep Breathing. Focusing on your breathing forces you to slow down. Close your eyes, sit in a comfortable position, and take several deep breaths. Stretch your arms, legs, back, and neck all while breathing to feel better instantly.
- Take a walk. Step away from your desk or a patient’s room by taking a walk. Walking and deep breathing can help clear your mind.
- Go outside. Get a change of scenery to your day. Step outside of the workplace to fresh air. Nature is so healing in its own way but you have to be immersed in it to feel its effects. (Weather permitting of course!)
- Learn from the situation. After you’ve taken some deep breaths and gone for a short walk, think about the situation and analyze if there is a different way you could have resolved it. Is there something else you could have done or said that would be helpful for future situations? Stress makes you feel like it’s a bad situation so when you learn from it, you’re making it positive.
Whatever you do for your job that’s stressful like helping patients, customer service, or meetings, these coping skills will help you take on any challenge coming your way. The more you do them, the quicker you will feel like you again!