Have a better hold on your emotions at work.
Most people know that they need to manage their emotions while at work. They know that they need to check their emotions at the door unless they want to be branded as an emotional basket-case. Despite these expectations, a lot of people still lose their composure at work.
However, there are also some people who choose to suppress their emotions to the point that they start acting less than a human being and more like robots. This state of emotional suppression is not good either since it clouds thinking, negatively affects job performance and promotes job unhappiness. Moreover, it can increase your stress levels, lower your immunity and increase your risk of depression.
Managing Emotions in the Workplace: Some Tips to Consider
Here are some simple tips that can help you express your feelings effectively without losing it!
Stay in the moment. Try deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation to calm your nerves whenever you feel anxiety creeping in. Stay in the moment, focus on the task at hand, and do not worry about what might or might not happen in the future. It might seem easier said than done but you can keep yourself from worrying and having an emotional breakdown by not allowing your mind to drift needlessly into the future.
Process your emotions. Acknowledge the fact that you were hurt and identify what triggered the emotion. Reflect on what happened before you decide what you are going to do next. This can help you affirm your feelings or give you a different take on the issue, and prevent you from flying off the handle. It also allows you to cool down and find ways to move forward.
Seek release. Excuse yourself whenever you are tempted to say or do something rash out of anger or frustration. Get some water, step into the restroom or take a walk around the building to help you regain clarity and composure. You can even take a day off to release all those pent up emotions if you want. Seek support and objective advice from your personal network, career coach or therapist to get a better hold on your emotions.
Take failure on a more positive note. Keep in mind that failure is a part of life. So, instead of allowing yourself to get caught up in a web of negative emotions, you need to start looking at failure as a learning tool and take it as an opportunity for growth. You can also use negative emotions to fuel your motivation to further improve your performance at work.