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How to stay calm in stressful situations at work?

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Last few weeks had been both hectic and stressful for me at work, and it’s not that it is over; it is still ongoing but it’s just that I have some breathing space due to the weekend.

Thus, I thought it was time I take a step back and retrospect for a while. During these weeks, I realized that when things don’t go your way, then it will not and you will not be able to do anything about it.

During 15 years of my career, I have been through a lot of challenging projects that involved critical deadlines. But last few weeks had been really traumatic, and there came a time when I felt to run away from this life.

There comes a phase in your life that teaches you a lot of things, and these couple of weeks was exactly that. I have few lessons that I learnt and I thought to share with you.

Here are six ways that helped me and it may even help you in most stressful situations:

Never lose your calm

As I mentioned earlier, when things do not go the way you want; you will not be able to do anything about it. So, why worry on those situations?  It is always appropriate to take a deep breath and stay calm. On some occasions, I realized that my blood sugar levels really soared high as I was beginning to think a lot and often tried to lose my temper.

Get some support

During these weeks when I was stressed out, I realized that there is no dearth of likeminded people. And, when I say likeminded, I mean your friends, peer, family, spouse, and manager or supervisor. It is during this period when the relationships are tested, and I must say that I passed successfully in it. I also realized that how important it is to build a network of professionals. It is during these times when you need someone with whom you can share your feelings. If you feel stressed out, then do not hesitate to seek help from someone whom your trust or love.

Read, read, and read

And, when I say, read, I do not mean reading books on fiction but read books on motivation, self-help, or even a biography. If you read such books, you get to know about their life and how they faced a particular situation. You get to relate on those situations and empathize with them. However, I would highly recommend one book by Jeff Keller on Attitude is everything as it has helped me to deal with stressful situation at work.

Stay positive

When you are feeling stressed, there will always be situations when you will lose your focus. There might be a lot of negative thoughts that may come in your way. I would recommend that you should never let negativity take over and stay positive at any cost. I know it is easier said than being done as I have also felt the same. When things are not going your way then your mind may go in a thousand directions and some of the thoughts may be negative. The more your mind wanders, the more difficult it will be for you to remain calm. Stop yourself from the beginning to imagine the worst-case scenario. Instead, you need to let go of all the negative thoughts and refocus your mind to stay positive.

Take care of your body

No matter what happens during the stressful situations but you need to make sure to stay fit and healthy. Nothing should be more important than staying healthy and your personal health should take a priority as you will be better equipped a crisis only if your fit. It is also important to receive plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly. This will help you to lower the stress hormones and help your body to function at its highest level.

Disconnect yourself

You must pull away from the situation for while even if it is for an hour or two if you feel you are stressed out and unable to cope with stress. Give yourself some time to process a quandary and the surrounding situations. This will help you to get back and approach the situation in a fresh perspective.

So, it is better to have faith because whatever you are experiencing, it may be good for you. I also want to tell you one thing to always live in the present and enjoy the moment without worrying for what will happen tomorrow.

And, lastly, I would leave with these words from Gautam Buddha,

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be”.


  1. This is motivating. It is good to adapt to change… and tune it to take the direction of progress. Very well written.

  2. Very nice and helpful post Anuj! I guess all of us are managing stress in our everyday life. Your positive take is very good.

    1. Thanks Anu! last couple of weeks were indeed stressful. But, I am happy to have found so many friends who and well wishers around me who motivate me during these times 🙂

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