Workplace Stressors: 10 Tips on Keeping Cool While at Work

One night in February,  I had a difficult time sleeping and I didn’t complete my homework assignments. I was a pretty upset and because I was in a bad mood, I forgot that I had agreed to work extra hours. Due to the combination of sleep deprivation and stress from school, I knew that my attitude would not been appropriate for work.

It was too late to tell my boss I was not coming in, so I prepared myself by using some of my relaxation skills I learned throughout my 10 years working in health care as a caregiver, crisis worker and certified nursing assistant.

Currently I work at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee as a patient care associate in the child/adolescents unit. I have been there for two years and enjoy working with the patients.

Being a full-time student and working two jobs is not easy, and I’ve struggled to do this going on five years now. 

Some days can be difficult because it is hard to find time to take care of myself.

Lack of self-care can have a major effect on your mood and behavior, resulting in a negative attitude in the workplace. I have learned to avoid going to work in a bad mood because it’s not good for me or the patients I work with.

There might be a time when you have to work with a coworker or supervisor that you do not get along with or cannot stand being in the presence of.

For example, on the night I worked third shift, the charge nurse (I will call her Alice, which is not her real name) would belittle techs on the floor by talking down to us and trying to make us do her job. Alice attempted to make us do things such as documentation and online charting while she did nothing but sit and give orders.

To avoid any conflict, I asked the supervisor to put me in a different part of the hospital, but he declined. In order to maintain my attitude to get me through the night, I focused on my nightly duties and prayed throughout the shift for a positive attitude. 

When this type of situation or feelings occurs, it is best to find ways to stabilize your mood because this can bring unwanted stress in the workplace.

I have used several coping skills to keep a proper attitude at work when I am not 

in a good mood. These include taking a self-care break for five minutes, meditation, deep breathing and praying.

While some of these coping skills have worked for me, they might not work for others.

Other than the tips I listed above, some of the coping skills that I use at the workplace are exercising, traveling and spending time with my loved ones. Taking a few days away from reality is very beneficial for my mental and physical health.

It is very important to leave all of your personal stress outside of the workplace because work can be stressful by itself. While taking care of others is admirable, it is essential to invest some quality time into taking care of  yourself. 



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