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How Do You Deal with Frustrations at Work?

by Frederick Akinola
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Because of anxieties and daily hassles, many try to drink away their frustrations. Others have relied on popular prescription drugs to deal with anxieties. Yet others resort to mind-altering drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine.  At the end of the day, all of these methods do not work, the stress, hands akimbo, is always on standby waiting to pounce on you. What, then, can you do when you feel overwhelmed by stress?

Try To Stay In Control Of Your Feelings

In order to overcome feelings of helplessness, you must be able to feel you are in control of your feelings and behaviour. When frustration daily dominates your emotions and crushes your capacity to solve problems, it is easy to believe things are out of your hands. However, do not just sit back and dwell on troublesome thoughts. Try to solve your problem step-by-step. Do not procrastinate. Just by initiating positive actions, you will begin to feel better and in control.

Allow People to Help You

Those who know their limitations welcome help. A lot of people are afraid to ask for help because they may be looked upon as failing in their job. Be it housework, schoolwork, or secular work, whatever is threatening you with burnout, delegate work where you can. You will be surprised to see how things get accomplished without your directly managing everything.

You May Need Some Rest

A leave of absence can work miracles for a potential victim of burnout.  Taking a break for a change of pace may even increase productivity, stimulating your mind toward creative thinking. No matter how tough you are, your body definitely needs a break. If you can’t go on leave, try to have some fun during the weekends, and take your mind off work, if possible. Laugh. Smile. Exercise. It can help.

Some other things you can do:
  1. Be in control of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. When you start to worry, deliberately change over to useful, decisive thinking.
  2. Try to see situations from the other person’s viewpoint to understand how the stress has developed.
  3.  Leave your work problems at the workplace.
  4. Treat others with respect, and keep a sense of humour.

Always remind yourself of why you have to work. That can also be a motivation. You can’t quit. There are no jobs out there.

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