Whenever you’re stressed out, everything fails. And of course, lackluster performance stresses you out even more. It makes sense – you are not at your prime hence results are mediocre, or worse, lame or laughable.

Also, interviewers often ask this question: How do you deal with stress? Usually answers are not in-depth and tend to be one-word sounds like, “Um…” “Food.” “Beer.” “Eh, what can you do?” “I just deal with it.”

But interviewers are interested, are wondering, about the “how”. How do you get to the stage when you’re no longer stressed out?

This question often tells you that the role you are going for can be stressful. It may have even been a reason why they are looking for someone to fill or replace a role. Knowing how one deals with stress often tells how one can be strong in taking punches (not literally, I hope) and how one can rise above it all.


What is stress, really? Performing your basic duties at work is not stress, it’s just work, your job. Performing more than your basic remit can pass as a great performance. So what stresses you out?


Your Manager (Also, Mother / Father)?


Your superior would push you to do stuff so understand that that is part of her job and you need to do yours.


Your colleagues?

Communicate more.

Let colleagues know, one way or another, that you are available to discuss work-related matters. Other than that, you are refraining from chit-chats till you finish your priorities at work.


Your clients?

Listen and understand, then execute and report back.

Clients are usually nervous about suppliers. Just relax them by making sure you have got them covered.

If tasks are coming at you from different angles, Think Again.

Leave your emotions out of the equation. Do not try to find other stuff in your life that’s not working so you can super sulk (in front of an imaginary camera, for an imaginary music video). Do not add more challenges in your life, to your current struggle, to face now. Deal with tasks, one at a time.

  • Trace back. Learn from history. Have you, or someone else, experienced the issue before? What had happened? What can be your takeaway that you would not be repeating this time ‘round?
  • Plan tasks and appropriate time. Give the problem/s several plans to overcome it. Do not assume that you could surmount a mountain with one easy step. Give it respect to know that you might get creative with several plans to manage it, or even the half of it.
  • Be quick, but sure, about your execution.  Try fast, so you could try another tact if Plan A doesn’t work out.


Evaluate Your Energy

Can you handle issues alone? If not, ask for help. If asking for help is not an option then evaluate your energy: Are you better at detail in the mornings? Do you get more report readings done in the afternoon? Can you tackle some stuff during the weekends, as a last resort? Manage yourself, where you’re good at, and know and accept from within what you can do right away and what can wait to be done by you or others.


Grab a bite if you are hungry. Go have some coffee if you need a little boost. Rest your eyes and look outside for a while. It will do wonders for your mind. Recharge.


Remember Your Discipline

After resting, get back to work. Forget inspiration, forget motivation – times and circumstances are different! Discipline yourself and immediately get back to your groove so you can finish all, or finish most.


So how should you deal with stress? You deal with it positively, objectively and strategically. What you see as a mountain at first may just really be a small stubble once it’s dealt with.


Managing stress can also be easier if you know How To Create a Happy Environment At Work.


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