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What do you do to cope with stress at your corporate job?

Discussion in 'Sobriety Tips and Inspiration' started by Tournique, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Tournique

    Tournique Senior Contributor

    Pretty much stuck in a corporate circlejerk and I need some tips to improve my stress management. Any ideas what/why you should do?
  2. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    If you don't like the job you have, then I'd recommend taking the risk and finding a new career. Sometimes, a change of scenery is exactly what you need. It beats toiling through a corporate ladder that you can never ascend fast enough. As for stress management, I'd recommend getting more organized (if necessary) and then improving the way in which you tackle tasks. There are tons of things you could try doing, depending on what your actual position is right now.
  3. joshua minaya

    joshua minaya Active Contributor

    Try relaxing more and try to think more of positive things that make you happy. If possible try to listen to good music as you do so and i am sure with time things would begin to fall into place for you.
  4. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    First, if something's eating you up so badly you're about to explode, try breathing in and out several times until you manage to release some of the tension out of your system. Fake it until you make it (for the day at least). Once you're out of the office, indulge in some of your comfort foods. You may also opt to watch a feel-good movie or read a great book once you reach home. Talking it out with family and friends help too. A journal or a blog can do wonders particularly if you're not the sharer type.
  5. jeremy2

    jeremy2 Community Champion

    Could it be that you're stressed because of your working environment or your colleagues are part of the problem? Whichever the case,i would suggest you evaluate yourself and find out if a change of job or moving to a new department could be of any help. Best of luck.
  6. muthoni

    muthoni Active Contributor

    I worked for a boss who was horrible to me because I said no when he propositioned me. I found that talking about my day to a friend helped me get rid of stress. I also volunteered in a children home over the weekend so that I would regroup and have the energy to face the week ahead. Now that I work for me, I miss the corporate world. Find a way to get rid of the stress because a job is precious. I am looking for one desperately right now.
  7. jeremy2

    jeremy2 Community Champion

    I must commend you for turning down your boss overtures.Volunteering in a Children's home was very thoughtful of you and i bet you got to unwind and re energize for the week ahead.I wish you all the best as you look for another job.
  8. bluzkluz09

    bluzkluz09 Active Contributor

    When we are stressed out it can easily nudge us into indulging in some bad habits. I hope that the person who began this thread is doing ok with resisting the temptation. I don't think there's a formula for stress relief. What works for one person won't necessarily work for another. When we are really stressed out it can be hard to focus on anything. I think the key is to try to find something we enjoy. Since you mentioned you are in a corporate job I would imagine your days are hectic. We all need a little time to recoup. I won't assume it's necessarily the work itself it could be the environment. For some people if you aren't able to talk about things it could help to write them down. Talking a walk during lunch may help, or even reading comics. I think laughter is always good medicine.
  9. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I recommend finding a hobby that you can sink your teeth into. I find that when you are able to compliment your work with a hobby you could focus on then your work wouldn't seem as mundane or even pointless as before since you'd have something you love doing being funded by it. Also getting to see your skills increase or even seeing products of your labor helps in building self confidence and satisfaction.
  10. angelicagapit

    angelicagapit Active Contributor

    Take care of your body physically. I'm actually a certified wellness coach, and the lack of proper nutrition actually leads to low energy, laziness, and of course an unhealthy body. All of those things affect the way you take things in life. It can get your irritated, annoyed, and especially overweight in the long run.

    Take care of your body, eat properly, drink a lot of water in your day, do some simple workouts in your free time, and you will definitely see a difference in energy and perspective.
  11. Tournique

    Tournique Senior Contributor

    After reevaluating my condition I came to the conclusion that the fact that my contract will end in 60 days is the reason for my anxiety and stress. It's kinda hard to find a job on this economy and really hard as a 22 year old with 1 year experience.
  12. musicmonster

    musicmonster Senior Contributor

    Time management is key here. And of course, learn how and when to take a break. Use your leaves at work to actually getaway and take a vacation. That is healthy for the mind and body.
  13. btatro

    btatro Member

    I deal with stress at work by using my lunch break to exercise. I am lucky enough to have a YMCA within 1-block from both of my work locations. As I am in the Northern Mid-West, I can be found there almost every day during the cold months. In the warmer months, I am often out running. It can be a challenge getting so disheveled in the middle of the day, but I make do with baby wipes/powder/etc to stay fresh! I would lose my mind if I did not have that personal time to break up my day!
  14. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Try to think more positively like by having hope and thought that you can find a better job after that first job. Try searching now for some possible jobs that are interesting for you that you most probably qualify.
  15. Tournique

    Tournique Senior Contributor

    I am already looking for other jobs and would love to spend my lunch time working out. Unfortunately, our corporate gym is racked up at lunch and there is no space. Well, at least summer is on it's way!
  16. wander_n_wonder

    wander_n_wonder Active Contributor

    I make sure that each time I go home from my job, I leave all of the stress to work. It does not matter if I go home very late, as long as I don't bring any work stuff to the house. I think this is a really effective way to destress because at least you know that work stress ends and you have time to just enjoy your time with the family. Don't allow yourself to be constantly preoccupied with work, because that will really feel too stressful and burdensome.
  17. Tournique

    Tournique Senior Contributor

    I won't lie and say I think about work in my free time, it's just that the time spent at work is pretty consuming and tiresome.
  18. Winterybella

    Winterybella Community Champion

    I know exactly what you mean here. There is nothing like that positive thinking even when the road ahead looks gloomy. I read Tournique's post and the first thing I saw were two positives; 22 and 1 year of experience.

    I would not want to be in the job market right now at my age. I still believe to a large extend that with disappointment comes blessings. I also know it's easier to see all the positives when you are on the outside looking in like all of us here. Still I would encourage you to work hard not to allow yourself to drown in despair.

    I read some great suggestions in previous postings. See what advice here works best for you and go with it.
  19. ryan0039

    ryan0039 Active Contributor

    I could never survive living in a corporate desk/cubicle job. It would crush me emotionally. I would go with what a few other people are saying and try finding a better career that works for you or you'll be stuck with unhappiness for a long time.
    There is always making some cash doing what you love if you're creative. If you happen to be crafty try etsy or something, that's what I've done and it's really helped me.
  20. LitoLawless

    LitoLawless Senior Contributor

    When I had a corporate job I didn't like it at all. I would go home and dread getting up for work the next day. In order to cope I would take pleasure in little things like my morning coffee, or the commute. It made going to work just a little more bearable.