Relationships can be difficult, but work place relationships add a layer of difficulty that is sometimes overwhelming.  You can’t treat individuals in your work place the way you would your close friend; there is a time and a place for everything and the work place is usually focused on professionalism.  However, there may be individuals that cross the line, repeatedly, and it gets under your skin. There are deadlines, many of them.  You may even worry that you are in over your head.  How do you cope with work stress while maintaining self-care in the work place?  Here are some tips:

  1. Take a breath.  One of the mainstays of every mindful practice, the breath is an incredible tool in the toolbox of self-care.  The next time you feel like the pressure is on, or someone is getting under your skin, take a deep breath through the nose and out through the mouth.  The cool thing about this practice is can be done anytime, anywhere.  
  2. Work life balance.  This is one of those things that many people speak of, but hardly implement.  In order to be fully present at the work place, you must ensure you have some form of balance at home.  Sitting and worrying about home matters during an important meeting says something’s out of whack.
  3. Ask for help.  No one knows all, nor is it healthy to carry the weight of an entire project if you have a team working with you.  Delegate what you can or what is allowed, and ask for help if you need it.  Just as long as you are accountable and not dishing off your work, what’s the worst that can happen?
  4. Set boundaries.  You have a billion things you must complete by end of day.  Your co-worker asks you to take on a few of her tasks.  You do, and end up staying late at work and becoming resentful.  Wouldn’t it be easier to be honest and uncomfortable for a moment, than resentful and miserable for the rest of the day?
  5. Prioritize.  If you are jumping from item to item without accomplishing anything, then you have a prioritization problem.  What is it that must be completed, no matter what, first?  Then stick to it!  Get that out of the way, and move on to the next most important