10/17/2014 09:31 am ET Updated Dec 17, 2014

5 Things to Do When Your Boss Stresses You Out

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By Vicki Salemi for

If you have a difficult boss, you're not alone. I've been there, done that and lived to tell. According to a recent survey, 60 percent of respondents said their boss damaged their self-esteem and one-third said their supervisor didn't remain calm and constructive.

Here are several ways to handle that tough boss.

1. Develop a thick skin
Working for a horrible boss can be downright deflating. It can impact your self-esteem, not to mention your productivity. It's all about them. Don't take your boss's actions or words personally.

2. Identify triggers
Figure out what sets off her meltdowns and avoid them. For instance, if your boss flips out when you're a minute tardy from lunchtime, become vigilant about being punctual.

3. Document everything
This is always a good idea with potential discrimination issues. It's empowering to keep track of important emails and conversations in a file, especially when that boss is verbally abusive. Plus, difficult bosses may make it challenging for you to succeed -- keeping a file will easily show contradicting messages of praise and then scalding feedback.

4. Stay aboveboard
Working for an incompetent jerk is extremely challenging but you can do it. Remain truthful to who you are. If your boss is unethical or immoral, do not stoop to his or her level. Keep that chin up!

5. Explore new opportunities
When all else fails and it is completely unbearable, keep an eye out for new opportunities. Dusting off your resume can immediately put a bounce back into your step.

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