1.Take a break: A break could be anything from taking a deep breath for several seconds, to walking around for fifteen minutes, to taking a personal day off. (Of course, make sure that your version of a break is acceptable at your workplace. Leaving in the middle of a workday without warning for long periods of time might not be kosher, so use your judgment and the established guidelines.)
Other ways to take a break: Make some tea. Get a snack. Grab a coffee. Drink a glass of water. Stretch- maybe you’re tense from sitting at your desk and could use a little bit of movement. Talk to a coworker for a few minutes. Find something that works for you; sometimes you need to take a breather to change your mindset about something.
2.Plan: Write out what you need to do. Break this list down into what needs to get done before the end of the day, the end of the week, the end of the month, etc. Knowing what you have to do and when you have to do it can lift a burden off your shoulders, and subsequently lift your spirits. If your attitude is down because of stress or you have a mound of tasks to complete, write it all out. It will feel good to check things off, even for small accomplishments.
When overwhelmed with one daunting task, it can be quite helpful to split it into smaller tasks. For example, your to-do list could say “get today’s work done,” or you could break this down specifically. Some items on your list might now be: “attend 11:00 AM meeting,” “schedule phone call for next Wednesday,” and “edit the article for this month’s newsletter.”
3.Think: What is overwhelming or irritating you? Finding the source or the root of the problem is often helpful in solving the problem. If you can’t pinpoint the problem, you won’t be able to find a solution.
Next, determine if you can you do anything about the problem. If you can’t, don’t worry about it! This is easier said than done, but usually you can do something about problems, and if you can’t be hands-on about it, you can try to change your mindset.
If there is a tangible solution, be proactive. Is there someone you could talk directly to? Is there someone you could email to solve a problem? Can you take action immediately? Once you think the issue through, all around, it might seem significantly more manageable.