During this difficult time, we’re all feeling a little overwhelmed.
Around the world, life as we knew it has changed virtually overnight. Yes, things will get back to normal eventually. But until they do, we’re all experiencing a greater than usual level of stress. So it’s important to remember that many of the things that feel overwhelming to us right now are beyond our control. We can, however, reduce our overall stress level by improving what we do control.
Whether you’re working from home or still going to the office, there’s no reason to be overwhelmed by work on top of everything else.
Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Work
First of all, stay calm. Unfortunately, that feeling of being overwhelmed by emails, colleague interactions, and an infinite to-do list only makes that more difficult. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to reduce job-related stress, so you feel less overwhelmed. The important thing is to be aware of when you are slipping into that sense of lostness. Then try one of a few scientifically-verified ‘mind reboots’ like getting up and moving around or listening to some music. As you experiment, keep a note of the fixes that work for you.
Also, try to stay objective about what’s important right now. Measure the hours you actually put into your work, and how that time was spent. We tend to overestimate how long we work but keeping track can bring you back down to Earth. If it turns out you really are working over-long days and weeks, cut back where you can.
This infographic from NetCredit identifies a suite of calming solutions to keep at hand when work is making you feel overwhelmed. The best part: The infographic features eight tips to help if you’re feeling job stress right now, and eight tips to help you stay in control in the future.
Nothing is going to be a walk in the park in these troubled times. All we can do is deal with events as they come. But we’ll get through it… together.
Stay well and be safe.