Recognise that you can decide how to respond to stress
Biologically, the reason why stress can be paralysing is an in-built fight-or-flight response in humans. This may trigger unpleasant feelings, such as dread, anxiety, and powerlessness, towards our work. This can grow to a point where even the simplest tasks may become stressful to think about or deliver on.
One common reaction is avoidance, where employees are not vested in the results, under-deliver and quit. However, fleeing is not an ideal reaction to stress.
If you decide that you can’t be fleeing or avoiding your work, whether it’s a deadline, a co-worker, or a situation, you can muster the courage to stand your ground and confront the source of your stress head-on.
Reaffirming the fact that you are in control of how you react to your situation can be immensely empowering. By focusing your attention on what you can do, you shift away from feeling like a victim of your situation, and instead take on the role of a protagonist.
Taking action is what will determine whether your dire situation remains unchanged, or whether something positive and constructive can come out of it.