Effective Communication: Let It Out
Being a professional means never losing your temper, always maintaining a corporate tone and demeanor and never lashing out at a colleague or client. This doesn’t mean, however, that office professionals aren’t human beings. We have feelings just like everyone else, but how we deal with those feelings can mean the difference between employment and unemployment.
It is important to realize that your feelings of anxiety, frustration and even anger are natural. Office professionals are in stressful environments for many hours every day, so it is inevitable that life will challenge our sanity at times. Expect it and accept it. Knowing you are human and not immune to life’s darker moments makes it so much easier to deal with those occasions when they arrive. Ignoring negative feelings is recipe for disaster at the workplace.
This article explains, “More importantly, studies have shown that one of the unhealthiest parts of anger comes not from feeling it, but from suppressing it—that is, pretending you’re not pissed off and avoiding expressing the emotion.” Negative feelings at the office should be addressed swiftly and directly. The first step is to find someone you trust to talk to. The simple act of discussing your emotions is an excellent way to manage them. Talk to a professional is you feel the need. It is money well spent.
Harboring negative feelings and burying them beneath a professional countenance will only lead to trouble. Anger and anxiety doesn’t work that way. The more you ignore it or stomp it into submission, the stronger it gets. So address your negative feelings directly, and you’ll find that shining light on your darker emotions makes them easier to manage and eradicate.
How do you deal with stress, anxiety and anger in the office?
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