Do you find yourself dreading the sound of your alarm every morning? Do you feel anxious before your day has even begun? Perhaps you are already making your way down your 1000 mile long list of to-do’s or you already hear the non-stop ringing of the phone, co-worker chatter and the anxious pen and fingering tapping of your cubicle mate. These are classic signs of being overwhelmed at work. Maybe you have outgrown your company/position, have left important matters undiscussed or are simply being overworked. Whatever the case might be there are a few things you can do every day to remove the impending stress of work from your life.
- Upon waking meditate for 5 minutes every day to remain present in the moment. Dedicate one minute to each sense, beginning with sight and moving through the others in any order. If you are wound particularly tight, do this a few times throughout the day. Take a bathroom break so that you are forced to step away from the task at hand and work through the meditation. This will help you start the day on a fresh note and keep you calm throughout the day so that your reactions are appropriate and genuine in the workplace.
- Make realistic lists for yourself. If you have a heavy work load that involves grading endless amounts of papers or writing reports or emails or calling clients or meeting a sales goal, make a list. At the beginning of every month take some time to make a list of what needs to get done in the 30 days. If you work on a quarterly basis, sit down and make a list for the quarter and check it every month. Then every day at the close of business go through your check list for the day and leave one ready for the following day. When we prepare the night before we enjoy more restful sleep and dread the alarm a little less because part of our job is already done even before waking.
- Prioritize yourself even if you are not the boss. Take time to make sure you feel good about yourself before you leave the house for work. Take your vitamins, eat a healthy breakfast and take snacks and water for your day. If you like to work out in the morning make sure you give yourself enough time to actual get through the workout you had in mind. Neither your clients nor your boss will put you first if you do not put yourself first. Taking time to care for yourself strengthens your inner power by shifting the responsibility of making sure your come first, from your employer and co-workers to yourself.
Implement these 3 items into your daily to do list and you will find that in a short period of time you will feel a weight lifted from your shoulder. It is easier than you think to say good-bye to being overwhelmed!