How to Keep your Cool in the Workplace

When working for a startup company or on the floor of a busy retail store, it can be easy to become overwhelmed, as things change quickly. Staying on top of that change and adapting is part of the job. However, it can prove difficult to remain calm in the eye of a storm. Today we will talk about why it is important to keep your cool at work, and some tips on how you can do it.

Every day we are offered opportunities to let situations get to us. 80% of workers say they feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help learning how to manage stress, and 42% say their coworkers need the same help. How we handle ourselves and handle these situations, can speak volumes to our personality. This is especially important in a work environment where you are being evaluated on your performance and judged on your character. That is why it is important to stay graceful and well-put-together in the workplace.

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Here are 6 steps you can take that will help you keep your cool at work and stay on top of your game: 

1. Take a Breather. 

One of the best things you can do for yourself if you find yourself under pressure is to take a breather. Take a minute, step back, and distance yourself from the situation. Allowing yourself to cool down and focus on your breathing will allow your body to naturally counteract the stress and you will find yourself calmer.

2. Focus your Thoughts.

When you are under pressure, it is important to focus your thoughts. When you fail or become overwhelmed, it is easy to feel defeated; but, if you focus your thoughts positively, you can avoid this reaction. Train yourself to look at the positive side of things and avoid the dreaded “I can’t” and “it’s impossible”.

3. Lead by Example.

People follow other people. This means that even if you are not in a leadership position, if others pick up on your negativity and frustration, it could easily spread. This is why, especially in the workplace, it is important to lead by example. If you know people are watching you, it can serve as a motivator to practice self-control under demanding conditions. When others watch you handle stressful situations with grace and maturity, they will follow.

4) Brainstorm. 

Brainstorming is your best friend in stressful times. If you can train your mind to ask questions and always be on the lookout for a solution, it can allow you to take your mind off the pressure and focus on improvement. Also, working together to brainstorm can be even more effective and forces everyone to put their minds together to work.

5) Keep Perspective. 

It is important to keep perspective when under high-stress situations. Take a step back and remember that this is just one, isolated issue. Look at the big picture and comprehend that this is a temporary problem. If you are able to keep this perspective in the workplace, each stressful situation you might get put in, or failure you may experience, will seem a little less daunting.

6) Don’t Take Everything Personally. 

If you take things too close to heart, it can ruin your thinking and decision-making capabilities. If things don’t go your way, don’t fret. In business, many things are often a group effort, and realizing that you are not alone during these demanding situations can help you take any mistakes or frustration and realign the blame. Hardship and challenges you may face in the workplace are often largely out of your control. If you are able to separate yourself from the situation, you will remain calmer and more collected.


Without a doubt, the workplace can be an overwhelming space where a lot can go wrong. When things don’t go your way, a lot of negative reactions can be triggered. But, if you make a conscious effort to keep your grace under pressure, your employer and fellow employees will not only view you in a higher-light, but you will be able to take stressful situations and turn them into lemonade.


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