How to Avoid Having a Meltdown at The Office

We all have our good days and bad days at work, and sometimes the bad days far outweigh the good ones. And, unfortunately, a growing number of bad days can lead to a meltdown at work.

Even if you like your job and are lucky enough to work in a happy workplace, meltdowns simply do not know boundaries. They come and go as they please, and they could very well ruin your career. So, it’s up to you not to let that happen.

Whether you’re dealing with a micromanaging boss, an annoying coworker or an overwhelming workload, there are different ways to avoid having a meltdown in the workplace, even if all you feel like doing is crying in the bathroom stall or worse: bombing the place.

1. Share the Burden

If your workload becomes too much to bear, consider enlisting the help of your colleagues. And if you think that you’ll look weak for asking for help, then you’re worrying about nothing. It makes you look good in the sense that if you were to continue with your work when you’re feeling overwhelmed, chances are the end result will be subpar. Sharing the workload, on the other hand, will ensure that the project is completed in a timely and effective manner.

2. Take a Tech Break

While e-mail is a powerful communication tool in many workers’ lives, it is also a “toxic source of stress”, according to research conducted by Dr. Richard MacKinnon from the Future Work Centre. The joint study with the British Psychology Association found that people who left their e-mail notifications on throughout the workday were more prone to work-related stress than those who turned off their e-mail notifications for a certain amount of time each day.

3. Take a Time Out

If you feel like slapping your annoying coworker with a dead fish, perhaps it’s time that you take a little time out. Step away from your desk, go out for a short walk around the block and take a deep breath. Just find something to do to calm down and clear your mind, and you’ll find that you’ll be better able to take the bull by the horns and better deal with whatever’s stressing you out.

4. Go on a Vacation

Young woman on beach

If all else fails, consider taking a vacation to get away from everything for a while. According to an Ipsos Public Affairs poll back in 2013, 44% of Americans hadn’t taken a vacation in more than two years. While that may not seem very newsworthy, taking regular holidays not only improves your productivity and reduces stress; it also makes you happier and reduces your risk of early death by 21%. In other words: the more vacations you take, the longer you live.

Can you think of any other ways that you can avoid a meltdown at the office? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

The New York Times