Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Stay In Control During Stressful Situations

Are you concerned about the financial turmoil? Is your worry affecting your work performance? Are you concerned about losing your job? Probably...and it's not doing your health any good to worry about it either.

Here are some strategies to keep you going through the next few months:

1. Keep busy.
With companies closing doors and laying off employees so quickly, you're fortunate to have the next few weeks to collect the information you need and set up a plan of action. First, list all the people at your current job who would give you a good recommendation when a new opportunity for employment arises. Next, evaluate your skills. Research jobs available in your area and try to determine what skills they would require. Since you are in human resources yourself, call some human resource contacts to determine if any openings will be, or are available. Begin updating your resume should you come across any job opportunities you believe you may be interested in.

2. Cooperate with the inevitable.

Everyone has unexpected changes that occur in their lives. The office is closing, and you'll need a new job. Those facts are beyond your control, and worrying about them will only affect your work performance and have a negative affect on your health. However, what you can control, is how you will handle this situation, and have a positive outcome from this. This is a great time to look into a career change you may have been considering, or perhaps a new type of work environment, or just a different department to work in.

3. Decide just how much anxiety this is worth and refuse to give it more.

You've realized your situation, and you've come up with a plan. Now, you'll likely find that concentrating on your future is going to be your main concern. Also, remember that you're a very capable worker, or you wouldn't have been with your current company for as long as you have. You have the skills to utilize at other companies.

4. Live in "day-tight compartments."

Handling each day as it comes will keep your workload manageable in size, and the situation will be easier to handle. Deal with each situation as it arises. Set goals for yourself each day, and as you complete them, you'll realize that you can handle more and maintain focus.

Realizing that change is a part of life, and not reserved as something that happens only to ourselves, we can gain control of a situation by working on how we will react to it. Worrying and panic may seem like the natural response, however in the long run, these reactions will only have a negative effect. Keep in mind to handle each situation as it comes, living day by day, and that taking control of the situation by making a plan for yourself will help you overcome this hurdle.

Contributed by Dale Carnegie Training.

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