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Dealing with Negative Emotions in the Workplace

We are emotional creatures. It is hard for us, as humans, not to be emotional. Emotional overwhelm is a state of being beset by intense emotion that is difficult to manage. Being emotionally overwhelmed can affect your ability to think and act rationally, caused by stress, traumatic life experiences, relationship issues, and much more.

Managing your emotions in the workplace is more important than it ever has been—because the workplace is a challenging place. There are five hard-to-handle emotions that are common in the workplace that we need to pay attention to.


Today’s work environment and demands that are placed on all employees to perform make frustration or irritation one of the most common negative workplace emotions.

Worry or Insecurity

With so much change in our everyday work, it’s no wonder our employees feel more worried and insecure than ever before. Change, and the feeling of loss of control that change often triggers, can make employees feel nervous or insecure at work and can affect their self-confidence.


Anger takes many forms and most of them are not physical. Unmanaged anger has obvious costs — in productivity, team relationships, and physical and emotional well-being. It is often a signal that something serious is wrong and this needs to be addressed.

Feeling “Down”

Feeling down can be a response to a setback —not being recognized for achievement at work —or feeling overloaded. Most people bounce back from these occasional “blues.” But left unchecked, feeling down can interfere with productivity and with relationships with co-workers. It’s important to keep in mind that a prolonged period of feeling low, or feelings of worthlessness and despair, can be a sign of depression, which should be treated with professional help. 


In a workplace, there are many different types of people who have a variety of personalities. All of us need to find ways to work effectively and productively with people we dislike, without letting our emotions affect our actions.

As negative emotions increase it affects your social life which strains your relationships with loved ones or professional colleagues. People are likely to feel a state of emotional overwhelm at some point in their lives. If left unchecked, this can turn to lower your ability to think rationally, making it even harder to cope with overwhelm.