Having noticed the signs that emotions are occurring, your next step is to understand and identify those emotions. Good questions to ask include:
- What am I feeling now?
- What are my senses telling me?
- What is it that I want?
- What judgments or conclusions have I made (and are they accurate)?
- What is this emotion trying to tell me?
Types of Emotions:
According to Fisher’s research, the most common negative emotions experienced in the workplace are as follows:>
Frustration usually occurs when you feel stuck or trapped, or unable to move forward in some way.
- Stop and evaluate One of the best things you can do is mentally stop yourself, and look at the situation. Ask yourself why you feel frustrated. Write it down, and be specific. Then think of one positive thing about your current situation. For instance, if your boss is late for your meeting, then you have more time to prepare. Or, you could use this time to relax a little.
- Find something positive about the situation � Thinking about a positive aspect of your situation often makes you look at things in a different way. This small change in your thinking can improve your mood. When its people who are causing your frustration, they’re probably not doing it deliberately to annoy you.
- Remember the last time you felt frustrated The last time you were frustrated about something, the situation probably worked out just fine after a while, right? Your feelings of frustration or irritation probably didn’t do much to solve the problem then, which means they are not doing anything for you right now.
With all the fear and anxiety that comes with increasing numbers of layoffs, its no wonder that many people worry about their jobs. But this worry can easily get out of control if you allow it, and this can impact not only your mental health, but also your productivity, and your willingness to take risks at work.
Try these tips to deal with worrying:
- Don’t surround yourself with worry and anxiety For example, if co-workers gather in the break room to gossip and talk about job cuts, then don’t go there and worry with everyone else. Worrying tends to lead to more worrying, and that isn’t good for anyone.
- Try deep breathing exercises This helps slow your breathing and your heart rate. Breathe in slowly for five seconds, then breathe out slowly for five seconds. Focus on your breathing, and nothing else. Do this at least five times.
- Focus on how to improve the situation If you fear being laid off, and you sit there and worry, that probably won’t help you keep your job. Instead, why not brainstorm ways to bring in more business, and show how valuable you are to the company?
- Write down your worries in a worry log If you find that worries are churning around inside your mind, write them down in a notebook or worry log, and then schedule a time to deal with them. Before that time, you can forget about these worries, knowing that you wll deal with them. When it comes to the time you have scheduled, conduct a proper risk analysis around these things, and take whatever actions are necessary to mitigate any risks. Anger/Aggravation
Out-of-control anger is perhaps the most destructive emotion that people experience in the workplace. It is also the emotion that most of us don’t handle very well. If you have trouble managing your temper at work, then learning to control it is one of the best things you can do if you want to keep your job.
Anybody can become angry that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and dot the right purpose, and in the right way that is not within everybody�s power and is not easy – Aristotle
Try these suggestions to control your anger:
- Watch for early signs of anger Only you know the danger signs when anger is building, so learn to recognize them when they begin. Stopping your anger early is key. Remember, you can choose how you react in a situation. Just because your first instinct is to become angry doesn’t mean it’s the correct response.
- If you start to get angry, stop what you’re doing, close your eyes, and practice the deep breathing exercise we described earlier. This interrupts your angry thoughts, and it helps put you back on a more positive path.
- Picture yourself when you are angry If you imagine how you look and behave while you are angry, it gives you some perspective on the situation. For instance, if you are about to shout at your co-worker, imagine how you would look. Is your face red? Are you waving your arms around? Would you want to work with someone like that? Probably not. Dislike
We have probably all had to work with someone we don’t like. But it’s important to be professional, no matter what.
Here are some ideas for working with people you dislike:
- Be respectful If you have to work with someone you don’t get along with, then its time to set aside your pride and ego. Treat the person with courtesy and respect, as you would treat anyone else. Just because this person behaves in an unprofessional manner, that doesn’t mean you should as well.
- Be assertive If the other person is rude and unprofessional, then firmly explain that you refuse to be treated that way, and calmly leave the situation. Remember, set the example. Disappointment/Unhappiness
Dealing with disappointment or unhappiness at work can be difficult. Of all the emotions you might feel at work, these are the most likely to impact your productivity. If you’ve just suffered a major disappointment, your energy will probably below, you might be afraid to take another risk, and all of that may hold you back from achieving. Here are some proactive steps you can take to cope with disappointment and unhappiness:
- Look at your mindset Take a moment to realize that things won’t always go your way. If they did, life would be a straight road instead of one with hills and valleys, ups and downs, right? And it’s the hills and valleys that often make life so interesting.
- Adjust your goal If you’re disappointed that you didn’t reach a goal, that doesn’t mean the goal is no longer reachable. Keep the goal, but make a small change, for example, delay the deadline.
- Record your thoughts Write down exactly what is making you unhappy. Is it a co-worker? Is it your job? Do you have too much to do? Once you identify the problem, start brainstorming ways to solve it or work around it. Remember, you always have the power to change your situation
- Smile! Strange as it may sound, forcing a smile or even a grimace � onto your face can often make you feel happy (this is one of the strange ways in which we humans are wired.) Try it you may be surprised