One would be hard pressed to find better advice on dealing with stress in the workplace than that offered by Robert Half International. In an article titled Tense times: Overcoming workplace incivility, four tips to neutralize the effects of workplace stress are expounded upon.
1. Take rudeness for what it’s worth. Just remember that nobody can insult you without your permission. If a colleague is rude, then that says more about his insecurities and discontent that any problems you may have.
2. Don’t go it alone. This is the British way of saying do not bear all the stress yourself. Share it with friends and family to dissipate the anxiety that can build if you keep it bottled up.
3. Rise above the fray. You are not obligated to engage in the idle chit chat that can lead to destructive gossip.
4. Give yourself a break. If possible, get away for a quiet lunch over a good book. Separation from a toxic workplace can increase the energy you need to elevate yourself above the incivility. Vacations, of course, are like a nice lunch break times 100.