Work in short bursts
The flip side to multi-tasking is that it is hard to sustain creativity or intensity on one task for long stretches. Rather, our brains work in cycles of creativity, then take a rest. So try this: after an hour or so of concentrated work, get up for five minutes, walk around, do some stretches. Not only will this help the quality of your work and decrease stress at work, but by the time you finish your day, you’ll have fitted in 30 minutes of stress-reducing exercise.
Deal directly, but constructively, with difficult workplace relationships
“Toxic people” are those whose negativity or demeanor seems to drain or annoy you. This might be your boss, your assistant, your colleague—in other words, they are people with whom you frequently interact. After a negative encounter with a toxic person, the temptation is to be angry and accusatory. But that leads nowhere. Instead, try this direct, honest, and disarming approach: “I am finding our interactions stressful because of [blank] and am feeling bad about [blank]. I would like our working relationship to improve. What suggestions do you have for me?” Even if you feel that the other person is the one who should change, by asking for his or her suggestions, you avoid putting that person on the defensive. If your colleague is even a little bit reasonable, this might make him or her admit, “Well, I suppose there are some changes I could make too.” Use these tips to make work stress management way easier.
Praise yourself at least once a day
Most of us don’t take enough time to praise ourselves for doing things well. So when you’ve completed an interim or long-term goal, tell yourself—out loud—what a good job you’ve done. You’ll get a burst of confidence that will go a long way toward helping you to maintain your cool amid the workplace madness.