Are you an emotional person? If you are one of those people who always wears their emotions on their sleeves, you understand how sometimes this aspect of your personality can seem out of place in a professional setting. Work is typically not the place where you want to be acting out of pure emotion, but you also want to remain true to yourself. It can be highly beneficial to know how to manage your emotions without compromising who you really are. It’s also possible to stay calm without dampening your emotions, which is an important skill, no matter where you work or what type of job you have.
One of the most difficult times to stay calm is when stressful or unexpected things arise. Your first instinct may be to panic, cry or act rashly, but instead, train yourself to first take a deep breath and then proceed. Acting out of fear, sadness or anger probably won’t get you the results you want anyway. It can help to pause, think about what you want to get out of this situation, consider your options and then move forward with the optimal course of action.
Another way you can manage your emotions in the workplace is to avoid thinking about “what if” scenarios. It does you no good to think about the many ways things can go wrong. This will lead to stress and internalization of negativity, which will in turn lead to emotional reactions in the event that something bad does happen. Instead, focus on the positive aspects of your job and take time to think about the many ways you find fulfillment in your job. This can help you stay calm and avoid stressing needlessly.
Finally, managing your emotions can start with getting a good night’s sleep. When you are tired, you are more likely to act rashly and emotionally. When you are well-rested, you will be better equipped to stay calm and act professionally at work. Having strong emotions can be an asset, but it can prove wise to know how to manage them in any type of work-related setting.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC