This year won’t go down in history as anyone’s favorite. Well, maybe if you enjoy being cooped up at home, having little social life and watching way too much TV. If that’s the case, 2020 has been your nirvana.

But even the most introverted of introverts likes a little variety. Our existences have become a longform version of Groundhog Day, one day blending into the next. Some call the phenomenon Blursday. Others just get angry about the monotony, including our eight or more work hours each day.

Don’t be the person who brings his or her team down and impacts productivity. Follow these steps to keep calm and carry on at work.

Embrace self-analysis

Are you becoming annoyed by the little things? Getting angry when someone’s kids or dog interrupts a Zoom call? Take a timeout. Count to 10. Sit back and think about your actions. Put yourself in someone else’s position when you feel that you’re getting out of hand. Don’t act on your first emotion when you’re feeling ticked off. Good bosses and employees roll with the punches or adapt to the new reality when things go wrong. Remember that you’re part of a team that must function together to reach its goals.

Power of apology

Your co-workers are probably cutting you a little more slack these days but hurt feelings are still hurt feelings. A sincere apology and discussion about your struggles can go a long way toward mending fences and ensuring trust with your cohorts. If co-workers know you’re having a bad stretch, they will be more understanding when you’re not 100 percent on your game.

Talk it out

If things are getting really tough, see if your employer offers mental wellness in its medical plan. If so, don’t be ashamed to take advantage of this great benefit. Many plans include telehealth, a good option for those who don’t feel comfortable having open and often vulnerable discussions in person.

Disconnect from social media

Those cellphones in our pockets and purses can make our blood boil. According to a 2019 survey by Digital Information World, Americans spent an average of 144 minutes per day on social media. That presents a lot of opportunities to become outraged; checking social media is a polarizing activity. Pledge to spend a little less time each day on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Cut a few minutes per week or even designate one day for a social media diet. You’ll be happy you did.

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