Stress Management at Work

Posted by Shawn Lamons on March 5, 2015

Stress. It’s unavoidable in the workplace (and life in general). As a producer, it’s something I’ve found I can never truly escape. Producers are always thinking of how to make the client, internal team, and project happy—while putting out fires along the way. Through the years, I’ve read a lot of tips about stress management, and I’ve tried many to see what works best for me.

I recently came across this blog post, How to Deal with Stress: 33 Tips That Work, and considered which ones I incorporate into my daily life.

“Write everything down.”

With all of the task-tracking apps available, I’m one who opts for the tried-and-true, written ‘to-do’ list. I start my morning by writing down whatever I can think of that needs to get done. Even in this digital age, there’s something still so gratifying about crossing tasks off a physical list.

“If it does not get done, then there is a day tomorrow, too.”

This was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. It all comes down to prioritization. Get done what has to get done today. If there are other tasks that you can get done tomorrow, don’t beat yourself up about it. That will only add to your stress!

“Don’t make mountains out of molehills.”

Focus on the problem at hand. Don’t overthink it, or create problems that don’t exist. Yes, there are many things that could happen. But if they aren’t happening right now, push those thoughts aside, and look at what is right in front of you. Solve that problem first.

“Just breathe.”

For me, this is the best and simplest method for dealing with stress. Whether in the office or on set, taking a few quiet moments to clear my head and then refocus always helps.

Stress will always be there. It’s how you choose to deal with it that truly matters. What works best for you?