A recent study by The Marlin Company states that "80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half said they need help learning how to manage stress".
Based on my experience with peers and friends, I believe many of us are struggling with work challenges in silence because we don't know where to go, what to do or who to talk to; to manage day-to-day stress and being overwhelmed at work.
I know what it's like to struggle with work overwhelm and stress.
Like you, I work in a fast-paced environment and struggle to manage the day-to-day challenges of professional life. So, a few years ago, when I was going through a tough time with my job, I decided to research and experiment with different ways to overcome challenges at work. I started compiling resources, a collection of tools and exercises that I could refer to as and when I needed it to overcome challenges like stress, overwhelm, self-doubt or even procrastination.
It's become my self-coaching toolkit, my go-to resource whenever I need to overcome a particular challenge.
I think that every professional should have a self-coaching toolkit of their own.
Think about it.
When you have a scrape, you have a medkit. When a screw is loose, you reach for your toolbox. When you have a small tear on your outfit, you find a sewing kit.
So why not a self-coaching kit?
Self-coaching isn't just about self-reflection. It involves inner dialogue, research, data gathering, getting insights and taking the necessary action to overcome your challenges or achieve your goals.
As you start your self-coaching journey, research and compile resources for your self-coaching toolkit. This is especially useful when you are new to self-coaching and want to experiment with different tools to overcome a challenge. Then, as you progress in your journey, keep enhancing your toolkit to refer to and use whenever necessary for any challenging situation.
Use the tools in your toolkit as actionable resources, and keep them where it's easily accessible, like a small notebook you carry around with you or even on your phone.