Effective Techniques To Stay Happy Despite A Stressful Project or Work 1

Guest post by Dennis Redley

Whether you are working as a full-time employee or as a freelancer, stress is a part of your daily life. At some point, your duties and responsibilities might double or triple without prior notice. If you aren’t vigilant to face these challenges, you might reach your breaking point, and start having less work-life balance.


Although some happy-go-lucky people might say that leaving your current post is the best option to lessen your anxiety, it becomes less of a good decision due to the current economic times. If you’re currently struggling with work stress, here are various techniques on how you can cope, stay happy, productive, and less exhausted.

Stay Focused on One Project at a Given Time

What could be more stressful than multitasking? For instance, you are writing an email while thinking of concepts for your advertising copy while drafting a press release. This practice will simply result to multiple distractions and less focus. It could also encompass some strain on your quality of work, or worse, a strain on your mental health in general. Thus, you should accomplish tasks one step at a time. Focusing on one job will allow you to finish all your required outputs by the end of the day without sacrificing quality.

Leave Your Personal Problems outside the Office

Personal issues may sometimes keep us preoccupied at work. Thinking about these problems won’t help you concentrate. Never mix your personal life with your professional life. As one of the tips shared by the career advice section of Monster.com, “just as you need to let go of work to enjoy your time at home, it’s important to leave personal worries at home so you can focus and be productive at work.”

Take A Break

If you get bogged down by your assignments, don’t hesitate to take a quick break. You can either drink to keep yourself calm and hydrated or walk around the building to get some fresh air. As suggested by Zen Habits you can also take a “weird break” (like hanging on a tree branch outside your office) to allow your mind and body to relax and rest. In the event that you can’t afford to leave your workspace, just take a deep breath and do other things that can help you feel pleasant. But, avoid fidgeting as it could distract your fellow workers.

Exercise Laughter in the Workspace

Although there are companies that consider laughter as one of the seven deadly sins of business, let us not forget that it is still one of the best remedies for sickness, including stress. Wise Outreach backed this fact in its blog post about ‘Laughter In The Office,’ by saying that “a happy office and a boss who encourages us to laugh can only do so much, when we’re already river deep in paperwork and forget to pack a snorkel.” People who dwell into their work with an extremely serious-driven attitude could end up acquiring more levels of stress that could later on lead to misery, depression, and isolation.

However, we suggest to keep it ethical. Do not joke around when everybody else is busy, worried about deadlines, or exhausted.

Find Your Own Office Support System

What if the reason as to why your work tends to be stressful is because of negative co-workers? Though you have no choice but to deal with them harmoniously, you can always surround yourself with positive thinkers as recommended by Donna White of Psych Central. They can be your very own office support system. If you surround yourself with negative thinkers, you’re most likely to be influenced by their negativity as well. You can even be the spark to encourage others to have a positive working attitude despite difficulties.

These are the proven and effective strategies in dealing with stress and staying happy with your career. How do you unwind during or after work?

About Dennis
Dennis Redley is a freelance blogger with a background in behavioral psychology. He loves writing pieces of advice for people from all walks of life. Feel free to follow him on Twitter: @dredleyone

About Daniel Gold

Daniel Gold is a productivity coach, keynote speaker, author, and podcaster. He is most well known for his eBooks, Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Capturing Everything and Getting Things Done, Simplify your Life with Springpad, and Make it Happen: How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your eBook. Daniel is also the co-host of the GTD® Virtual Study Group podcast.

  • Great post Dennis. This is a very important topic that doesn’t get discussed as much as it should. Job stress is a $300 Billion dollar problem in the US( http://www.mondayisgood.com/7-ways-deal-job-stress-without-going-completely-nuts/). We all need to add some margin to our busy schedules and some balance to our lives to stay healthy and to maintain healthy relationships with the people who matter most to us. Thanks for sharing