Even if you prioritize your work, create a positive environment, and love everyone you work with you will have days that aren’t your best. What happens when you start feeling overwhelmed? You know the feeling. Your heart races. Your palms sweat. You can even feel your skin raise in temperature. Without some intervention, you might explode. If you’re facing high-stress situations on the job, consider these ways you can minimize the impact and keep your sanity intact.
Take a walk.
Exercise, even in short bursts, helps to raise your adrenaline levels in a healthy way. This can help counter the overwhelmed feeling you may have from the situation at hand. This will also give you a chance to take a minute to breathe and look at the problem from a new perspective. Go outside if you can, if not, make a lap around the office.
Ask for help.
You don’t have to do everything along. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with a project, ask politely for another set of eyes or hands to help you through the difficult process. If you ask graciously and aren’t demanding, chances are there are plenty of people around you willing to pitch in.
Eat a healthy snack.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed it might because your brain doesn’t have the right fuel to process the problem. Stop for a moment, eat an apple or a banana or even some dark chocolate, and regroup. A healthy snack, like exercise, can give you the pick me up you need to go back to the project or problem.
Finally, if all else fails it is time to step away. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you don’t do yourself any favors by continuously beating your head against the brick wall. Take some time off to gather your thoughts and feelings and create new approach. This can be impossible to do when you’re immersed in the problem, but if you step away things can get clearer.
How do you handle stress in the workplace when you feel overwhelmed? Contact the team at ProSource to learn what other options are available for you!