How to Avoid a Meltdown at Work: 3 Tips

By Gabriella Khorasanee, JD on May 09, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Working in law is stressful -- why do you think so many attorneys are depressed, turn to alcohol, and in very sad circumstances even commit suicide? Before you get there, it's extremely important to learn how to manage stress. There's a reason they call stress the "silent killer."

I know what you're thinking, your typical go to stress relievers like a yoga class, massage or manicure are not an option when you're in the heat of the moment at work. Here are five easy ways to manage your stress, and avoid a meltdown at work that could end up costing you your job -- and adding to the stress.

1. "Serenity Now!"

Some might say "serenity now, insanity later," but there's something about just taking a time out. Take a deep breath, take a walk, unplug for ten minutes. Do whatever you can to just remove yourself from the stressful situation or environment long enough to calm down. Once you've cleared your head, you'll be able to approach the stressful situation in a more evenhanded way.

2. Take a Sip of Water

Think I'm kidding? Water is refreshing, and the time it takes you to grab a sip of water is in itself a "time out" of sorts. Not convinced? It worked for Marco Rubio. But luckily, your water break won't get as much press.

Really. Or chocolate, pretzels, cheddar goldfish -- whatever puts you in a happy place. We don't recommend eating a whole box of cookies to relieve your stress, but one cookie can do the trick. Take it from me, here's an inside look into my work secret sweets stash:

Though we're trying to approach this in an easy-going and entertaining way, work-related stress is no joke. If you feel like you're about to have a meltdown you need to take some time for yourself. At the end of the day, your health and mental stability are all you've got -- make sure you take care of them.

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