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Negative Emotions at Work

Negative Emotions at Work

Recounting the things that made us miserable one day doesn’t help us enjoy our workday more tomorrow.

A better strategy is to actually address the negative feelings we have.

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MORE IDEAS FROM How to Deal With Negative Emotions at Work - Thrive Global

  • Mindful acceptance: Let be the things you cannot change. Write out a list of the things you can and cannot control. Acknowledge your emotions but don't hold on to them.
  • Self-distancing: Observe your situation like a “fly on the wall”.  Mentally remove yourself from the situation that is causing negative emotions. Being like a fly on the wall helps to cultivate a broader perspective.
  • Reappraisal: Find the positives in negative situations. Learn to pause in the face of something negative and think of or write down at least one positive.
  • Practice makes perfect.  Try these techniques in easier practice situations, and you will build your emotion regulation ability, so that you’re more prepared to handle the tougher situations.

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