No matter where we work, we're always bound to come across at least one negative factor in our workplaces - whether we realise it or not. This, in turn, could lead to a toxic work environment that affects our lives.

How do you know if something has turned your workplace toxic? Think of this - does the thought of work stress you out? Do you feel overwhelmed at your workplace, or have a hard time disconnecting from your job when you're at home?

If you answer to any of these is a resounding "yes", then you may be working in a toxic environment and it's time to do something.

The detailed quiz below by helps you assess the toxicity of your workplace:



If you've got the misfortune of falling in the toxic-workplace category, here are some tips on how to navigate such a stress environment - from the way from before you leave home, to reaching the office, and finally, the end of the day:

Before you go to work: Get organised, and make a 'gratitude' list

As we know, how we begin our day sets the pace for how the rest of our day goes. So, make it a point to do simple "wins" as a routine each day, such as making your bed as this will train your mind to focus on the positives instead of negatives.

Also, try creating a list of things you are grateful for at work - this is one great way to motivate you for the workday ahead!

More importantly - and this cannot be stressed enough - avoid checking your emails before stepping into the office. The earlier you do so, the less time your mind has to relax before you start your actual work.


While you're at work: Make friends, and seek ways to improve yourself

Friends always bring the fun, and having friends at work has been found to help in several ways. For instance, they can be a great support system and great sources of stress relief over a good lunch.

Additionally, find new ways to improve yourself both personally and professionally. One good way to do this is to take up courses that impart new skills, to build up your own skillsets and abilities.

Further, when faced with a negative situation, instead of being confrontational, view it from an objective point-of-view and not from an emotional viewpoint. This will help you view the issue rationally, while also avoiding potential conflicts.


After you leave work: It's time to detach!

What's most important to note is that once you leave the office, you should, as much as possible, create a distance between yourself and the job. Do not mix your work life with your home life, as this will mean lesser time to focus on your home needs.

To do so, find a routine that helps you detach from work modes - a run, or simply any activity you enjoy. This can also help relief some stress and prepare your mind for the next day.


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