Five Tips to Stay Upbeat in a Stressful Work Environment

Everybody, no matter what kind of work you do or what kind of job you have, deals with stress at one time or another, whether it’s a grumpy employee, a big pile of papers to fill out or tasks that need to be done before the end of the week. Sometimes the amount of stress and pressure we’re under at work to perform and make our co-workers proud of us is enough to make us scream or pull our hair out. Believe me, I’ve almost done that several times myself… I think these five tips can apply to any situation we’re facing at work or even at home… What kinds of things do you do to reduce stress at the office?

Five Tips to Stay Upbeat in a Stressful Work Environment

By LeAnn Thieman

Meds to pass, IVs to hang, patient care to deliver, vitals to take, charting to do, meetings to attend…all in a nurse’s stressful day!

Many hospitals around the country are hiring fewer nurses so current staff work longer and harder, doing more with less, once again.

How can a nurse stay upbeat in a stressful work environment? These five tips are easy, effective and even fun!
1. Come to work healthy: Eat right. We know this and teach it but often forget to consume the quantity and quality of food our bodies need. Exercise 15 minutes a day, every day. Sleep eight hours a night (yes, most people can if they turn off technology!)

2. Breathe! Deep relaxation breathing releases not only stress and tension, but endorphins, our brain’s “feel good” medicine. Did you know endorphins have the same molecular makeup as morphine? We have this “drug” on tap and forget to use it by doing rhythmic breathing. So breathe in slowly to the count of four, then out to the count of four. Do this three-four minutes at a time, three-four times a day, to feel good.

3. Think positive! When we expect positive things, we act accordingly and then receive positive things in return. When we expect failure, we usually fail. When we expect success, we tend to succeed. When we expect health, we make healthy choices. When we expect illness, we are often sick. Our lives move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts. Ignore the grumblers and complainers. Develop a positive attitude at work. (Here’s a great idea: Throw a party funded by the money put into the laughter pot every time someone is caught being grumpy.)

4. Laugh! Volumes are written today on the therapeutic benefits of laughter. It’s rhythmic and a great endorphin releaser, too. Little kids laugh 400 times a day. One study showed grownups laugh only 11 times a day, and yet another said only four! Create a laughter bulletin board at work for funny cartoons, old prom photos, good jokes, etc. Laughter is good medicine…it’s free, with no side effects.

5. Say a prayer or meditate. Yes, even at work you can take a moment in the med room or bathroom to deep breathe, relax a minute and say a prayer or meditation phrase. Science proves that prayer and religious rituals relieve stress. Praying 10-20 minutes throughout the day decreases heart rate and blood pressure, and helps us turn our worries over to a Higher Power.

It’s hard to stay upbeat in a stressful work environment when we are depleted physically, mentally and spiritually. Post these tips on your bulletin board at work (next to the laughter board!) and engage your co-workers in creating a fun and positive workplace…no grumblers allowed.
What’s your advice for staying upbeat in a stressful work environment?  Please leave a comment below.  
About the Author

LeAnn Thieman LPN, CSP, CPAE is a nationally acclaimed professional speaker, author and nurse and the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Second Dose, and Balancing Life in Your “War Zones:” A Guide to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health. To learn more about her books or her speaking presentations, visit, or call her toll-free at 1-877-THIEMAN.


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