How to Stay Zen at Work

Posted by Tyler Sheller in blog | March 27, 2015

Here in the states, we have what we call the, “American Dream.” We believe that with hard work, dedication, and determination, anything is possible. Most of us, are working toward achieving our own version of that, and sometimes that includes discovering what we’re good at, and what we really want out of work.

The average American holds seven to eight different jobs before they are 30 years old. That’s a lot of “discovery.” By the time we retire, most of us will have worked 90,000 hours – that’s 3,750 days! Or careers and what we do, are an important part of our personal identity. Sadly, 80% of people are dissatisfied with their job; with 40% saying work is extremely stressful.

Stress adds up. A staggering 13 million working days each year are lost to stress-related illness. Work-related anxiety plays more than a role in just your career, but it affects your health as well: elevated blood pressure, ulcers, depression, migraines, asthma, even Alzheimer’s has been linked to stress. Staying calm and collected at work is important; below are some tips to staying healthy stress-free in the office.

10 Ways to Minimize Stress at Work:

Learn to Let it Go

Don’t sweat the small stuff – so a mistake was made; move on! Don’t dwell, work ahead.

Live a Little

Loosen up – at the end of the day, what we do isn’t life or death (for most of us…).

Slow Down

Think things through – when you’re rushing through life, you’ll miss important details.

Look Ahead

What’s the big picture – remember that what you’re doing is contributing to a larger project.

Work/Life Balance

Compartmentalize – leave your home life at home, and your work worries at the office; your boss, and your family, will thank you.

Know Your Space

Clean, messy, quiet, loud – figure out your ideal working environment; what do you need to get the job done?

Persistence Pays

Don’t quit – instead of giving up on a project, try a different plan of attack. Variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to accomplishing a tough task.

Timing is Everything

Take time for you – set realistic deadlines; go to your son’s T-ball game; have that five-minute break to stretch. Reset your brain once in a while, you’ll need it!

Be a Person

Don’t just go through the motions – “Good morning” and “Have a great weekend” really makes a difference in maintaining positive coworker relationships (or workplace-proximity acquaintances via Ron Swanson).

Be Grateful

You’re working, aren’t you – times are tough, and good, dependable jobs are few and far between. Be thankful you are capable of working, and have the opportunity to do so.

Most of your life will be dedicated to work – it’s a fact. How you manage stress, and your perception of what you do, will dictate what kind of impact your work makes in your life. You can worry about every detail all hours of the day, or you can count backward from 10 and try to maintain balance in your life. Remember, when it comes to creating the “American Dream,” time flies when you’re having fun.