5 Tips on How to Stay Positive in a Stressful Workplace

You just took a sip of coffee, looked down at your desk and the to do list keeps growing. The phone is ringing.  Someone has a question. You just checked your emails five minutes ago, but now you have ten new emails that need to be replied too.  There is a meeting starting in 20 minutes and someone just stopped by to small talk, so you are nice and talk to them for a little bit.

A normal work day is filled with deadlines, agendas, meetings, emails, phone calls, new demands, new technologies, memos that the company is making new changes, updated schedules, customers, projects and when it is all said and done, you have to get home to the family and be on your game there.  By the time your head hits the pillow, you are exhausted mentally, but your mind won’t shut off, so you try to sleep, but it’s not easy, especially knowing you have to get up in a short time and do it all over again.

Sound stressful?

I kind of want to take a nap after reading all that.  Stress in the workplace can drain us of our energy and positive attitude.  It is important to be proactive and plan some ways to manage stress, so when it happens, you are not entirely caught off guard, but are prepared to handle it in a positive way.

When the workload is intense, it may seem difficult to be optimistic but it is really important to stay positive no matter what the workplace situation might be. Let me pinpoint some strategies that will help you remain positive and keep your sanity when stress attacks without warning.

  1. Take it as an Opportunity to Learn:

Overwhelming demands present the opportunity to learn from them. You might discover how to efficiently multitask, get trained to effectively manage time and become skilled at completing difficult projects with the utmost competence.  When everything is fighting to be a priority, it is important to learn how to manage and arrange your demands in a way that will allow you stay focused and get as much done as possible.

  1. Take Breaks:

Working continuously without any break results in tiredness of the body and your brain will be exhausted, resulting in nothing average work. You should give yourself a short break every two hours. This can be getting up and taking some steps from your desk, breathing some fresh air from an open window or having a cup of coffee. You will feel refreshed and ready to restart immediately with a clear mind and recharged body.  Stretch a little bit, but do something that revives you. Do not reach for sugar or anything that might drain you of your mental and physical energy later in the day.

  1. Surround Yourself with Optimistic People:

This is one of the most important tips to stay positive in difficult work situations. There are some people who affect you poorly with their negative attitudes. Minimize your time from them.  That means you have to create boundaries.  Some people want to eat up your time and energy with their negativity – do not let them!   Find someone who will take a break with you and maybe go for a 15 minute walk.  Have someone that when things are getting stressful, you know they will be on your side, lift you up, encourage you and help you out.

  1. Turn It All Off.

When work is done. Be done with it for the day.  When you get home, don’t be checking emails at work or thinking about things that distract you from valuable time with your family.  Turn off the phone. Don’t check emails.  Focus on what matters most – your family. You will be happier and healthier by doing this.

  1. Take care of yourself.

Eat good foods that energize you – like salads.  You don’t to be eating pasta for lunch and then feel like you need to take a nap the rest of the day.  Drink lots of water.  Get some protein bars to snack on.  I personally like coffee, so if you like a little caffeine in your day, reach for a cup of coffee to perk yourself up or perhaps some tea.

After work, detox your day, by going for a walk for 30 minutes.  It doesn’t have to be much. Maybe later, sit down and watch a funny comedy.  Do things that make you feel good, sleep good, and have a healthy attitude that is strong enough to fight off stress when it attacks.

I hope this helps. These tips are really simple and I am sure there may be a lot more, but start with these and I am sure you will discover that feelings of being overwhelmed won’t trip you up, but rather you will be able to handle what comes you way with a positive attitude.

Have a great week!!




Sam Glenn Highlights

Sam Glenn awards include: MPI, Michigan Meetings & Events logo, Telly Awards

  Has won multiple awards -Speaker of the Year by both Meeting and Events magazine and Meeting Professionals International.

+!  Won two Telly Awards for Most Outstanding Motivational Video.

+!  Is often featured in thousands of newspapers with guest appearances on TV talk shows and radio programs.

+!  Has given speeches to audiences as large as 75,000 people at stadium events.

+!  Is the “go-to guy” for hundreds of organizations who value positive people engaged in positive action.