At one point or another, we’ve all felt overwhelmed because of work. There are often days when we spend the entire day putting out fires and go home feeling stressed and unaccomplished. Days like these are the reason we keep our bar carts stocked.
If going home and taking a bottle of wine to the face is your thing, we support you! But trying to forget that you’re overwhelmed doesn’t fix the fact that you’re overwhelmed. Those feelings of stress may dissipate after a few glasses, but the problems at hand will still be there when you return to work the next day.
Feeling overwhelmed because of work? Take control of the situations and issues that are causing stress. Otherwise, those feelings of stress will be replaced by feelings of resentment towards your job. Trust us when we say that’s the last thing you want, so consider these tips for overcoming work stress.
Take a Mental Day Off
Even if you have a booked calendar and are up against multiple deadlines, sometimes you just need to take a day off.
The project can wait. Your boss can wait. That important email can wait. If you’re overwhelmed or stressed, your wellness can’t wait. Mental days are so important and so amazing as they allow you to reset your mind and body.
If you take the day off, take the damn day off! The trick to returning to work feeling refreshed is unplugging and ignoring your inbox for the day. Unless the office is on fire, you’re probably not missing all that much.
Delegate or Re-Prioritize
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, the last thing you want to do is delegate if it requires even more work. I get it. However, even if delegating requires training a colleague or employee on a specific task, it’s a pretty feasible solution if you have too much on your plate.
If you’re able to delegate work to others, only assign tasks you’re comfortable passing off. There’s nothing worse than having to re-do something because the person didn’t follow directions or process.
Another way to manage stress is to re-prioritze your work. When I’m feeling overwhelmed at work, I organize my to-do list by separating high-priority and low-priority tasks. This helps me feel like I sort of have my shi*t together.
Take a Break
Think about what’s making you feel overwhelmed. Is it a project? A challenging client? A tedious task? No matter what it is, take a break from it and come back to it. Whether you come back to the project a few hours or a few days later, chances are you’ll feel ready to take control of it and get it off your plate.