Being frustrated at work or another part of your life is common. As a matter of fact, I believe frustration is a part of life.
Below, I share a few tips to help get you back on track and maintain your sanity.
Is this you?
- You’re managing or leading a department.
- You feel like you’re spinning your wheels and getting no where.
- You make the same request over and over again.
Here are 5 simple tips to help you maintain your sanity in a busy world
1. Walk Away
Taking a few minutes to step away from the situation can help clear your head. I will go for a walk, even a short one, to help gather my thoughts and coach myself to see a new perspective.
2. Exercise Regularly
Walking, jogging, biking on a regular basis has been proven to help manage your stress levels. The hormone endorphins, which is the feel good hormone, is released with exercise. Feeling stressed? Get moving!
3. Practice Meditation
Five minutes a day of meditation or practicing mindfulness will strengthen your prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is located behind your forehead and is responsible for executive decision making or the logically part of us. When your prefrontal cortex is stronger, you behave differently under stressful situations. (Positively, that is!)
Call or have coffee with a trusted friend about what is going on. Sharing helps bond us with others and releases the stress we have locked up. I’ve also, personally, experienced some great ideas and solutions that arise when we share our struggles and frustrations with others.Frustrated at work can and will happen to all of us. How we react and handle it is OUR choice. Click To Tweet
5. Get more information
Maybe you need to reevaluate the situation and frustration by talking with your team, customers, clients or patients. Find out what they know or how they see the situation. Again, great ideas and innovation can be born from challenging moments. Be curious and ask questions while really listening to the answers and ideas of others. Leaders know, they don’t have all the answers, but they know where to look for them.
Getting frustrated at work can and will happen to all of us. How we react and handle it is a choice. Outstanding leaders know why have that choice and choose to behave in a manner that they are seen as the role model.
The next time you are frustrated at work, with a project, policy or what your team is or is not doing, practice the above. I bet you’ll have a better response and you’ll be proud of how you managed yourself during a stressful situation.