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Apr 24   •  Culture  •  Headspace

Some people are lucky enough to choose their own careers for themselves– others not so much. Sometimes, even the jobs an individual decides on their own can turn toxic and interfere with their well-being. Corporate life is a rat race; there’s no doubt about it.

Workplaces today are fast-paced and constantly self-transforming itself to keep up with the latest industry trends and work practices. It can be a significant cause of stress in your life if you find yourself unable to keep up with your workplace’s demands. You may begin to second-guess your actions, and this could severely hamper your productivity at work.

All of this holds especially true for agencies and start-ups which characteristically provide high-stress work environments. These types of workplaces are expected to complete an overwhelming amount of work in a short time durations.

Why it is essential to learn to manage negative emotions at the workplace
Contemporary workplaces don’t have time for under-confident employees who need to be supervised all the time. Self-starters and decision-makers are valued for than ever in the corporate space today. So if you don’t want your company to give you the boot, you need to learn how to manage your emotions the right way when dealing with a high-stress work environment. Your work stress should not be compromising the value you add as an employee at your job.

Fast-paced work environments mean having to multitask at various projects, taking up more than your share of the workload and dealing with tensions that run high. All of this can leave you feeling jaded, or worse, disoriented and unhappy.

If it’s a job that you worked hard to get and like – you shouldn’t give up. Every working person has to deal with high-stress work situations sometime or the other. Knowing how to work around the negative thoughts that may crop up during such times makes you a valuable asset to your company.

How to manage negative emotions at work
The most commonly experienced negative emotions at work are – frustration, anger, worry, dislike and disappointment. All of these emotions are triggered off by separate events and have separate tactics that can be employed to mitigate their effect. Frustration arises when an employee begins to feel stuck at work. Maybe their workflow has been hampered due to an ineffective manager or excessively demanding client. Anger is a common result of workplace differences as dislikes. You may experience both if you’ve been on the receiving end of a lecture from your boss that you didn’t deserve. Lastly, disappointment occurs when you are made to feel that the work you put in at your workplace is not adequate and that you, as an employee, are replaceable.

Let’s look at how you can try to counter these negative emotions:

• Always remember that at the end of the day, it is your attitude that determines how you react to a problem. With the correct attitude, even the most severe issues at work seem to have a solution. If you begin to feel frustrated at work due to some reason, check yourself right then and there. Think back to the last time you were frustrated and how being frustrated helped. It probably didn’t.

So why would it this time? If you’re working the same job, it probably means things turned out okay in the end. So remind yourself that and be patient. Don’t let your frustration get the better of you. There are always positives for every negative. Try to look for these and make light of your situation. You will be able to work well when you craft such a mind space.

• You can’t help worrying when you’re bombarded with multiple work responsibilities. It’s only natural, so don’t overthink this. Let the worry wash over you and then take strategic steps to deal with it. Perform deep-breathing exercises to send calming signals to your brain. If you still find yourself unable to relax, write your worries down and tell yourself that you’ll deal with them individually at a better time. You’ll find yourself better able to concentrate at work when you do this.

• Anger is more difficult to control than say, worry or disappointment. It shoots up and can wreak havoc at a workplace if not dealt with on time. If you feel yourself getting angry, stop for a minute and try to collect yourself. You may perform those deep-breathing exercises again. We tend to lose our sense of judgment when we act out of anger.

It isn’t justified behavior anywhere, let alone in a professional atmosphere. The best thing to do when you’re angry is removed yourself from the situation that is aggravating you, take some time off to cool down and then rejoin work with a clear head.

• It’s not possible to like every one of your office peers. There are people you’ll get along with better than others, and there are people you will struggle to get along with at all. When this happens, tell yourself that it is your role as an office employee to be cordial with everybody irrespective of what your rapport with them is.

• Many times employees find themselves disappointed when they are unable to reach their work goals and perform as well they’d hoped. There’s always the next time. Life doesn’t still go according to your plans, and that’s perfectly alright. Adjust your goals to be more realistic and keep working towards them. If you stay positive and keep at it long enough, you’re bound to make it.

Don’t forget to smile!
Everybody has bad days at work. It’s part of living an adult life. You can’t let these get you down! Just remind yourself of why you joined your work in the first place and all the things you like about your job – then, persist. Don’t push your negative feelings away. Allow them to register and deal with them head-on, they’ll stop interfering with your productivity at work.

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