It is nearly impossible to avoid worry in the workplace. And we shouldn’t—a certain amount of anxiety only fuels performance. But what happens when worry escalates to negative stress? The key is knowing the difference between positive stress and negative stress. Today I am going to dive into stress management to show you that difference and will also provide you 4 Steps to resolve stress in the workplace.
“Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it’s the time when they most need to think” – William J. Clinton
Has your stress level ever crossed a line? Usually, when it happens we notice how our performance suffers.
We all at times experience stress in the workplace. I am not surprised because it becomes “normal” considering amount of things we have to take care of daily. It’s fair to say though that some anxiety is natural, and moreover, it’s necessary – it’s an integral part of work that drives our performance. Too much stress, however, can be debilitating.
So, let’s try to understand the difference between positive and negative stresses:
Positive stress is a healthy worry in the right amount and at the right time; it is a combination of feelings of pressure that motivate you and drive you to excel. Positive stress results from worrying the right amount at the right time. Worry is our natural defense to a threatening situation. It helps us react quickly and effectively.
Healthy levels of stress can stimulate clear-headed anticipation, making you productive and creative. Healthy stress can give us the motivation and adrenaline we need to focus, plan, and perform better.
Positive stress helps to:
Negative stress, on the other hand, is destructive anxiety that overwhelms us and damages our productivity. Unhealthy amounts of stress leave us unable to think clearly and constructively.
Unattended negative stress can:
If so, you’re stressed out – there’s no question about it. These 4 Steps to resolve stress in the workplace are going to help you out!
Instead of overthinking something, identify the problem because by identifying the specific problem, you eliminate all other possibilities, making it more concrete and manageable. Think about it constructively.
Here’s a trick: Test your assumptions by tuning into your automatic thoughts. What words pop into your mind? Write them down and look at it objectively. Most of the time you are gonna see that they’re exaggerated;
Now, when you have already identified the problem, don’t let your worry consume you—get the facts. Gather all information you need from people you can trust to help you uncover the root of the problem. Remember that Knowledge is power, so figure out who has the knowledge to help you better understand the situation.
Once you’ve identified the problem and gained clarity on the issue, make a plan to resolve your stress. Resolving highly stressful circumstances can take you some time. You don’t have to solve the whole problem at once. In fact, attempting such an overwhelming task may work against you.
It won’t necessarily be solved at once. In fact, attempting such an overwhelming task may work against you.
Break the stressor down into smaller tasks that you can accomplish one at a time. Decide what you want or need to accomplish in the coming week. Setting goals will make the problem seem more manageable and you’ll be able to address the issue step by step.
When creating stress-resolving goals, don’t forget to:
The most powerful antidote to the paralysis of stress is to take an action in remedying the issue.
Remember to reward yourself for each achievement and be kind to yourself.
I will see you next week,