Is Your Worry Worthy ? Cultivating Workplace Calmness
Work and worry go hand in hand, but is your concern always worthy? As it turns out, most of the times, it’s not. Stress is very much real, but in a lot of workplace situations, it can be diffused instead of being fuelled. It’s crucial, especially for leaders and superiors, to try and cultivate workplace calmness in order to spin corporate chaos out of the way productivity. Here are some ways you can exercise and promote calmness around you in the workplace:
BREATHE BEFORE REACTING
Long breaths can be extremely useful when it comes to calming yourself down. They don’t just help you physically; they literally give you a “breather” for you to plan your response to the situation. A thought-out response has a more than a perfect chance of working in your favour and in better alignment with your organizational activities.
DON’T LET THE BUILD-UP FUEL YOUR RESPONSE
A lot of times, people are stressed and worked up because they have too much on their mind at the same time. Like it’s better for your personal life when you don’t bring work home, the opposite is also a 100% true – don’t bring your personal problems to work every day and half your workplace worry would be taken care of.
ASK YOURSELF WHAT CONTRIBUTION YOUR WORRY IS MAKING
More often than not, our concern isn’t worth it. In fact, it regularly contributes towards making situations worse. Whenever you find yourself getting worried or stressed out, ask yourself if you’re worrying way more than needed, and every time you feel the answer is affirmative, take the cue to minimize your tension. Now, ask yourself if there is anything you can do to turn things around – if the answer is no, it’s time for you to let that worry go!
COOL DOWN DURING COMMUNICATIONS
Workplace altercations require anger and ego as fuel to get prolonged and much worse. Cut out their energy supply, and there’d be no further heat at all. As a superior, it becomes even more imperative to keep your cool. Your reaction in (potentially) undesirable circumstances is going to decide whether that situation brings out the fireworks or seems uncontroversial enough for everyone to get back to work.
IDENTIFY YOUR POSITIVE PLACE
It helps significantly to have a thought or an actual spot in the workplace where you can feel at peace and ease. Whenever you find yourself feeling stressed, you can just reminisce that thought or spend a short while in that place to recalibrate yourself. Breaking free from the tension is critical, but you need to have a place (mental or physical) to go to once you break free immediately, that’s how you’ll be able to recharge your thoughts and perspective.
LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE
Is whatever it is that you’re worrying about or getting worked up about going to make a difference in the coming week or month or quarter? If not, don’t waste your energy on a moment of stress that’s just passing by. Zoom out and pick your moments, not everything deserves your time, energy or attention.
If you start practising even one of these things at your own workplace, you’ll notice a positive change in your stress-taking abilities. This will radiate to help others around you remain calmer as well, creating a conducive workplace environment for all, eventually.