How do you handle pressure at work?


At some point in your career, you are bound to experience some pressure at work. You probably included “I work well under pressure” in your CV and that’s okay until it’s not. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. When you experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfil a challenging obligation, here are some ways to effectively manage the pressure;

1. Remain calm, always: Maintain a calm demeanour no matter what happens. This takes some practice, but the more you practice, the better you will get. Staying calm demonstrates that you have the ability to take things in your stride and complete your tasks even in the face of difficult circumstances.

2. Let go of perfectionism: Sometimes the pressure you feel about your job is self-inflicted especially if you have really high standards for your work, you could be making your work environment more stressful than it has to be. Aim for good quality always, but do not expect perfection. Cut yourself some slack.

3. Establish boundaries: In today’s digital world, it’s easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day. Establish some work-life boundaries for yourself. That might mean taking simple steps like making a rule not to check your email in the evening, or not answering the phone during dinner. Although people have different preferences when it comes to how much they blend their work and home life, creating some clear boundaries can help reduce the potential for work-life conflict and the stress that comes with it.

4. Learn to relax: Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness can help manage pressure. Start by taking a few minutes each day to focus on simple activities like breathing, walking, or enjoying a meal. The skill of being able to focus purposefully on a single activity without distractions will get stronger with practice and you’ll find that you can apply it to many different aspects of your life.

5. Ask for help: If you feel overwhelmed, reach out to someone for assistance. Ask a coworker to give you a hand with a challenging task or talk to a friend or mentor to offer some advice. Don’t feel shy about asking for help, you’d be surprised at how much people are willing to help when you ask.