I’ve seen it time and time again. Someone is in a tough moment in their career – maybe it’s a new job search, or a project where there seems to be no solution, or maybe a struggle in implementing change in workplace process.
Whatever “it” is, “it” too often becomes the center of almost every waking thought. These kinds of situations are indeed significant in our careers and lives, but letting them consume you can be dangerous.
This is why it’s so crucial to remind yourself to step away. This recent Houston Chronicle column about getting your mind off of a job search is quite relevant to this topic. While the article looks specifically at the weight a job search can carry, a lot of the same principles apply for on-the-job stress – the sum of which is this: Sometimes breaking away from the situation is the best way to find a solution.
The writer, Kim Thompson, recommends engaging in a new activity, working out, and simply getting out there and “playing.” These are the secrets artists and those in creative fields like advertising have successfully applied for years. When you let yourself get away from the issue at hand, upon returning you’re more likely to have a fresh outlook and renewed energy.
So don’t let whatever your “it” is control your life. Give yourself a break. You’ll thank yourself later.