Life can get in the way with how you perform in the office. Anxiety and stress impact your productivity and most of all get in the way of your motivation. Financial worry, health issues and family problems are just some of the things that can make you demotivated, and the pressure at work is not helping one bit. So how do you set your mind to face the challenges that life has to offer?

Two areas where I know I could use help is staying positive and managing stress in the office. I want to share a couple ideas on how to do both.

Here are some tips that can help you stay positive:

Love your work

The last thing that would demotivate a person is do something that he/she hates. Responsibilities can be easier when you are dealing with something you enjoy doing. One thing I have an issue with lately is loving what you do but being demotivated because things aren’t going well at work. I have struggled with this and it is tough to stay positive. You have to force yourself to step back and realize you can’t control everything. You need to enjoy the successes – big or small. In this specific job, you need to not blame yourself when placements don’t work out.

Give yourself some slack

Work does not need to be all business. Sometimes you need to laugh and not take yourself so seriously. Usually, people who can laugh at themselves and at ridiculous situations deal with stress better.  Look for ways that make you look forward to going to work. Set goals for yourself. Create friendships in the office place. Treat each Monday as a refresher.

Now about that managing stress thing.

Emotions are contagious, and stress has an impact on the quality of your interactions with others. The better you are at managing your own stress, the more you’ll positively affect those around you, and the less other people’s stress will negatively affect you.

There are a variety of steps you can take to reduce both your overall stress levels and the stress you find on the job and in the workplace. These include:

  • Taking responsibility for improving your physical and emotional well-being.
  • Avoiding pitfalls by identifying knee jerk habits and negative attitudes that add to the stress you experience at work.
  • Learning better communication skills to ease and improve your relationships with

And lastly, when it comes to stress, our bad habits contribute to our stress. Many of us make job stress worse with negative thoughts and behavior. If you can turn around these self-defeating habits, you’ll find employer-imposed stress easier to handle.

A couple areas where people can improve:

  • Resist perfectionism. No project, situation, or decision is ever perfect, so trying to attain perfection on everything will simply add unnecessary stress to your day. When you set unrealistic goals for yourself or try to do too much, you’re setting yourself up to fall short. Aim to do your best, no one can ask for more than that.
  • Clean up your act. If you’re always running late, set your clocks and watches fast and give yourself extra time. If your desk is a mess, file and throw away the clutter; just knowing where everything is saves time and cuts stress. Make to-do lists and cross off items as you accomplish them. Plan your day and stick to the schedule—you’ll feel less overwhelmed.
  • Flip your negative thinking. If you see the downside of every situation and interaction, you’ll find yourself drained of energy and motivation. Try to think positively about your work, avoid negative-thinking co-workers, and pat yourself on the back about small accomplishments, even if no one else does.
  • Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Many things at work are beyond our control—particularly the behavior of other people. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems.

I am sure you will be a happier person if you can figure out ways to stay positive and manage stress.  And if you find some things that work, share your ideas with us via social media!