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How To Manage Time Spent With Someone You Don’t Enjoy

Time Spent With Someone You Don't Enjoy

It’s something we all need to learn to manage and with some guidance can be a lot less stressful.

Clearly Identify The Why

Are they a colleague who always cuts you off? Is the general consensus that they are rude or offensive? Are they a family member you must spend time, at least at family gatherings, even though you have a hurtful past? Identifying why is important because you must consider if you are part of the problem—and where you can improve.

Differences Of Opinion

If your religious or spiritual beliefs, political beliefs, or values vary—that doesn’t mean that you can’t find common ground. Your goal here is to accept and respect that neither of you will change the other’s mind and to focus on your common ground.

A Plus One

If it’s your friend’s partner or friend you just don’t gel with, you must suck it up a bit for your mutual friend. That being said, you can set clear boundaries and aim to minimize your time together.

A Challenging Co-worker

This is a tricky one as you don’t get to choose who you work with. Whatever you do, don’t fuel the fire and always remain professional. That does not, however, mean that you shouldn’t have boundaries. For example, “I would appreciate it if you lower your voice as your volume and tone are not appropriate in the workplace.” If needed, reach out to HR.

Last but not least, whatever you do the majority of your time must be spent with people who bring you joy. If this means you need to rethink your social circle or career, rethink your social circle or career.

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