From the threat of lay-off to balancing work and family life, today’s work-related problems are increasingly complicated and stressful. Job-related stresses frequently lead to a great deal of frustration and discontentment. Fortunately, there are many ways you can create a more enjoyable work environment no matter what problems confront you. Some ideas include:

Create goals: Construct both short and long-term goals. Short-term goals provide a sense of accomplishment and long-term goals keep you focused on the larger picture. Establish goals at work and at home.

Evaluate what is important: What motivates you? What would you like to do more of? Make lists to better prioritize your time and energy so that you can do more of what you enjoy.

Stay active: Keeping busy focuses your mind on the task, not on your worries. Initiating and completing projects reduces stress and enhances self-esteem.

Focus on what works: Think of your current and past successes. How did you achieve these accomplishments and what can you do to expand upon them?

Stop what doesn’t work: Consider what patterns you are stuck in and how you can change habits that are hindering your success.

Deal with conflict: Acknowledge disagreements early. Listen to what the other person is saying and validate what you agree with because validation diffuses tension. Endeavor to find a compromise rather than trying to prove your point.

Attitude, attitude, attitude: We all have control over our thoughts even when we do not have control over a situation. Our thoughts directly effect our feelings and can make us miserable or happy depending on what we choose. Choose your thoughts wisely.

Dealing directly with problems and focusing on the positive will reduce tension and create a more satisfying work environment. Although it is not easy to do, viewing challenges and problems as opportunities for personal and professional growth will allow you to be successful no matter what problems arise. If you are unsure of how to make changes, seek assistance from someone you trust or a professional.

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Sara Schwab, LCSW
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