Self-Care | Personal Experience

How to maintain sanity in a toxic workplace environment

You’ve got a part to play in your work experience, even if it’s storming

Janice Eastman
5 min readSep 1, 2023

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A storm has caught a group of people who are rowing.
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Are you feeling trapped in a toxic workplace environment?

Do you find yourself dreading each day at work, feeling frustrated and discouraged?

I understand how challenging it can be to maintain your sanity in such a toxic atmosphere, but I’m here to tell you there is hope. And you have a role to play!

It’s time to rise above the negativity and regain control of your mental well-being.

Here, I share practical tips and strategies to help you navigate the stormy waters of a toxic workplace. So, get ready to reclaim your sanity, find inspiration, and create a positive work environment for yourself. No matter the circumstances.

Installing a fence

Setting boundaries is one of the most essential strategies for maintaining sanity in a toxic workplace environment.

When negativity and toxicity surround you, it’s crucial to establish clear boundaries to protect your mental well-being. It means learning to say “absolutely not” to additional tasks or responsibilities that will only add to your stress.

It also means limiting the amount of time and energy you invest in toxic relationships or interactions. Because you just can’t avoid toxic people. They are everywhere!

Prioritize your own needs; be selfish, it’s an act of self-preservation.

In addition to setting boundaries, practicing self-care is essential for maintaining your sanity in a toxic workplace.

Self-care can take many forms, from nurturing hobbies and interests outside work to prioritizing mental and physical health. Regular exercise, meditation, and seeking therapy or counseling can all be powerful tools for combating workplace toxicity.

Until I was backed into a corner and needed to set some boundaries, I didn’t fully realize the impact it would have on my sanity in a toxic workplace.

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Janice Eastman

From reading my writing, I hope you will begin to break down self-imposed barriers and find your authentic self in the extraordinary story of life.