I swear, the past couple of months for me at work have been full of last minute fire drills, panicked clients asking for information at the last minute, and nonstop busy work. There were many points where I thought I really might lose my cool. Maybe I’d really let someone have it who was creating problems, or lose my temper when someone treated me poorly, which is something I never have been prone to.
I’m pretty level headed when it comes to that kind of stuff, but I guess that anyone is capable of acting out when they feel like they’re backed in a corner and there is no way they can provide the work they are being asked for in a timely manner. That is, if they want quality work that’s error free!
Because of these stressful months, I’ve really had the benefit of thinking of ways to reduce my stress and really put my job stress into perspective. I’ve also been grateful for the things that this stressful period has given me, which is an increased ability to deal with adversity, pressure, timelines, and a diverse group of people, work styles and personalities.
For that, I am eternally grateful, and I think it has set me on a path of good “career karma”. But those days when I feel like my head is going to blow off from all the pressure and anxiety, I try to deal with it by doing little things.
One of my favorite things to do when the stress hits an all time high, is to focus no what the job has afforded me in life. I have great health and medical benefits. I’ve been able to contribute a significant amount of money to a 401k, and they match it up to a generous percent, so it has helped me build a foundation of retirement wealth I might not have otherwise had. My job has a gym in-house, so I can go down there and blow off steam and exercise when ever I feel like it.
I’ve got great bosses that trust me and my work, and don’t hover, and I’ve got a great flexible work arrangement where I work 4 tens a week. I try to really focus on the positive when it seems like everything sucks, and that seems to help a lot. Other things I do are take a short walk and breathe deeply, go to the restroom and just sit for a moment, and go out to my car and sort of sit in silence for a bit.