How to Deal with Discouragement at Work

Feeling down or discouraged is bound to happen in your professional life. It’s inevitable. So the trick is not avoiding that feeling — but figuring out how to deal with it when it happens. And here’s how.

1. Pinpoint the reason.

Why has work gotten you down? Did you mess up an important meeting or report? Do you work for a difficult supervisor? Are you working too many hours and feeing burnt-out? Before you can fix the problem, you need to pinpoint why you’re feeling the way you are.

2. Learn from it.

If you’re feeling down because you messed up at work, own up to it. Nobody likes admitting that they did something wrong. But you can’t learn from it unless you do. Learning from your mistakes ensures you don’t end up repeating them in the future.  Did you mess up because you have too many tasks on your plate? Instead of missing deadlines, evaluate whether or not you can handle everything you need to do. Delegate if need be.

3. Seek advice.

Maybe your problem is that you can’t figure out why you’re feeling discouraged. If so, it might be time to talk about your situation with someone else, like a friend or mentor. An outsider might be able pinpoint what your real issue is — and can offer practical advice to remedy your situation.

4. Take a break. 

What if you’re down but can’t to do anything about it? That’s when you should take a break from it all. Try to distract yourself from thinking about work. Just for a little while, focus on what’s right in your professional life instead of what’s wrong. Each job you have will teach you something — some lessons just might be less obvious than others.

5. Explore other opportunities.

So this is a last resort. But you’re not satisfied with your job no matter how well you do, it might be time to consider other opportunities. Looking for a new job is a time-consuming and frustrating task. But it’s better than staying at a company you’ll never feel excited about. Don’t force yourself to be miserable. Life is short — and it can feel shorter if you spend it with people who drain you.

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Written by Roselyn Sebastian

Feeling down or discouraged is bound to happen in your professional life. It’s inevitable. So the trick is not avoiding that feeling — but figuring out how to deal with it when it happens. And here’s how.

1. Pinpoint the reason.

Why has work gotten you down? Did you mess up an important meeting or report? Do you work for a difficult supervisor? Are you working too many hours and feeing burnt-out? Before you can fix the problem, you need to pinpoint why you’re feeling the way you are.

2. Learn from it.

If you’re feeling down because you messed up at work, own up to it. Nobody likes admitting that they did something wrong. But you can’t learn from it unless you do. Learning from your mistakes ensures you don’t end up repeating them in the future.  Did you mess up because you have too many tasks on your plate? Instead of missing deadlines, evaluate whether or not you can handle everything you need to do. Delegate if need be.

3. Seek advice.

Maybe your problem is that you can’t figure out why you’re feeling discouraged. If so, it might be time to talk about your situation with someone else, like a friend or mentor. An outsider might be able pinpoint what your real issue is — and can offer practical advice to remedy your situation.

4. Take a break. 

What if you’re down but can’t to do anything about it? That’s when you should take a break from it all. Try to distract yourself from thinking about work. Just for a little while, focus on what’s right in your professional life instead of what’s wrong. Each job you have will teach you something — some lessons just might be less obvious than others.

5. Explore other opportunities.

So this is a last resort. But you’re not satisfied with your job no matter how well you do, it might be time to consider other opportunities. Looking for a new job is a time-consuming and frustrating task. But it’s better than staying at a company you’ll never feel excited about. Don’t force yourself to be miserable. Life is short — and it can feel shorter if you spend it with people who drain you.

Enjoyed this? Check out 10 Seasonal Foods to Try in November!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

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