Easy Tip for Dealing with Work Stress

Today was a hit the wall day. An already busy week tipped over into hectic when a colleague unexpectedly quit. For a couple of days, I kept pace. Then it started to unravel. I could feel myself getting short tempered, frustrated, fuzzy. I was seriously not in my work groove and it was about to get unpretty really fast.

So I went out for lunch.

What? I didn’t shorten my break. Or eat at my desk. I didn’t push through.

I enjoyed the sunshine. I discovered a great new cafe with an exceptional chai latte. I grabbed an outside table and watched the world go by.

Now’s the time that I say I went back to work and smashed it in the afternoon.

Not the case today.

I muddled through.

And I left on time to go to yoga.

Shock horror! Surely I must be racked with guilt? But I’m not.

Easy Tip for Dealing with Work Stress

I acknowledged that I wasn’t having a good day. I told myself any progress, no matter how minuscule, was a win. I let go of expectation and did the best I could. Instead of forcing myself to work late and continue to be ineffective (and just get more frustrated by the whole thing), I did something replenishing so tomorrow WILL be another day.

When we’re ‘on’, we ‘should go for it. Smash through the to-do list. Be the World Champion of Productivity. Win the Olympics of work ethic.

But when we’re not?

We need to step back.

We need to give ourselves the space to acknowledge what’s going on. Be kind to ourselves about what we can expect from ourselves at that moment in time. Refill our cups. Then we move forward.

Maybe we do like my friend Zoe did. When she realised her current blog wasn’t inspiring her anymore, she started a new one with the freedom to write whatever she pleased. Her creativity is back in spades.

Or make like blogger Hannah Gale and use long weekends for relaxing and fun, instead of catch up time.

Whatever it is, stepping back will allow for faster forward progress once you get over the hump. Continuing to force the situation keeps you stuck in the same space. So step back.

10 thoughts on “Easy Tip for Dealing with Work Stress

  1. Zoe says:

    There is something in the air the week. I am glad you got out and had a nice lunch, I had emergency Nandos for out of office lunch. However, your cafe sounds delightful!

    I hope thing improve at work!!

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  2. chelsea says:

    Couldn’t agree any more with all of this. You have a very mature and thoughtful out look here, I think it’s very easy for us all to get caught up in our day to day routines, and we don’t take the time to step back and analyze what’s going on necessarily.. I completely agree that taking time to step back, evaluate, assess the situation, and move forward is so much more beneficial than continuing on with your routine and not ever acknowledging your situation!

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    • anindependentmaven says:

      It’s definitely trickier to find the time when you have kids but I guess then even finding ten minutes can help you reset.

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  3. Debbie says:

    Great encouraging post! When your work or your blog means so much to you, it can be so frustrating when things aren’t going to plan or if you are struggling with writing or creativity. I definitely agree with you, sometimes you just need some time for yourself to just recuperate, before you get back to banging out some great work!

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