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5 simple tips to keep negative emotions in check in the workplace


5 simple tips to keep negative emotions in check in the workplace



Everyone has bad days. It’s natural—we are human beings with emotions, after all. That said, getting emotional at work will affect your productivity and judgement, not to mention your relationship with your boss and colleagues. Rather than allow your emotions to get the better of you, start taking control.


Apply the following tips to keep those negative emotions in check at the workplace.


  1. Practice mindfulness

Be mindful of your feelings at all times. If you sense yourself getting agitated or stressed, ask yourself what triggered that emotional response. Reflecting on the cause will give you clarity and allow you to get to the root of the problem.


If you find this hard to do, try yoga. The meditation and relaxing poses will help you focus your mind and hone your awareness.


  1. Sleep and eat well

Getting enough rest and feeding your body with healthy food is key towards maintaining a focused and energetic mind and body. If you’re constantly tired and not getting proper nutrition, it’s only natural that you’ll feel grumpy and irritable at work.


Likewise, having a regular workout routine will ensure you feel good and stay healthy, which is key towards regulating those emotions.


  1. Remember to breathe

It’s surprising how many people overlook this simple yet effective action. The next time you feel yourself getting stressed or agitated, hit pause and take three deep breaths. We guarantee you’ll feel calmer instantly. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain, promoting a state of calmness.


  1. Go for a walk

If possible, get out of the office and go for a stroll or walk around the block. Stretching your legs and getting away from the hustle and bustle will allow you to clear your mind and regroup. It also prevents you from saying or doing anything in the heat of the moment which you might regret later on. Give yourself some space to sort things out in your head.


  1. Keep a journal

Writing down your thoughts and feelings is one way of releasing the pent-up frustration and tension you’re feeling. Next time you feel angry or upset, start recording those feelings in your journal. Besides being a healthy outlet for self-expression, keeping a journal also allows you to track your mood swings so you can identify any abnormal trends which might indicate an underlying health issue.


Some of us are more prone to getting emotional than others. That in itself isn’t a bad thing, but it’s important to maintain your poise and keep cool at work, however hard it might be. Remember that things aren’t usually as bad as they seem to be, even if it feels that way. This, too, shall pass.


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