Dealing with stress in the workplace is something I really struggle with. As a Barista, I can cop the forefront of not only dragging daily routines but the attitudes of customers.
I know I let a lot of things get to me, and it’s a real problem. However, more and more the Lord has been calling on me to give it all to him. Everyday I remind myself that He is with me and I take hold of that relationship by talking to him. Sometimes, when I lack the words, just saying hello. The more and more I do this, the easier my shifts have been getting. And this, of course extends outside of the workplace.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light [Matthew 11:28-30]
The Lord has been reminding me to look at things from a different perspective, causing me to be more understanding and patient. I’ve also realised how much my own negative words can affect the atmosphere and drag myself down. Words have an affect and constantly complaining and letting stress get the best of me only makes things worse. Obviously talking to a friend when you need to is different, to an extent. But as Christians we must remember that words have a spiritual impact. Good or Bad. And that’s why we pray.
When it’s all getting to you, take a deep breath and thank Jesus for his peace. For he has already granted it to us. Trust me, it helps. Sometimes it’s not instant and we’re not perfect. But the more you try to allow the Lord to work on your heart, the more you’ll begin to notice a difference.
The Lord is our father, talk to him and give him your heart. Listening to worship music is also a great help, especially in the car on the way to and from work.