How to Deal with Stress in the Workplace
I know it’s a wrong question to ask as everyone of us have to deal with stress in the workplace.
Do you frequently find yourself in a state of anxiety, possibly even taking work related problems home?
While the workplace can be one of the most rewarding aspects of our life, the amount of time we spend there can affect our stress levels.
This can be caused from heavy workloads, demanding job expectations, an unrelenting boss, or fear of job loss in the uncertain economy. Whatever is causing your stress can’t be changed, but can be managed with a few simple techniques.
When you are stressed out, you start to experience the classic symptoms that go along with it…, Fatigue, apathy, and muscle tension.
You may also begin to withdraw socially, get depressed and use drugs to manage it. Your sleep may also be affected and you will have trouble concentrating at work and home.
All of these things compound into more stress, and will affect your overall performance causes laziness. There are some easy ways to alleviate these symptoms so that you can physically deal with the stress better.
Exercise is essential for dealing with stress. Even if you feel overwhelmed and too tired, aerobic exercise will release endorphins that will make you feel better. It will also give you more energy and help you to sleep better.
Getting enough sleep is also essential. Seven to eight hours a night is important. Change your diet to eliminate caffeine from your diet in the evenings, get a good night time routine and exercise during the day (not right before bed) to help you rest better.
Pamper yourself every once in awhile. Indulge in a massage, or schedule a quiet candle lit bath, or take a night away just to unwind. Knowing that you can still enjoy the little things will help you deal with the stresses.
Sometimes simply taking care of yourself won’t help you deal with the actual stress in your work environment. By changing a few things at work, you may just be able to make your work environment less stressful.
Make lists, label them urgent, important, and non-urgent. If the pesky small things keep you from getting to the bigger projects, don’t put them off. Cross them off the list as quickly as possible. Having a visual aid will help you see what you have accomplished.
Don’t commit to assignments that you can’t handle. If you need help, ask for it. Trying to do everything by yourself is nothing but asking for a disaster. Include other employees in your team and make it a collaborative task.
Clean and organize your work area. If you have papers laying everywhere and have to shuffle for every assignment, you are adding precious minutes to each assignment. Being able to pick something up without searching will give you so much more time. It is well worth the time investment to organize your area.
Use relaxation techniques. Take a break sometimes. If you are getting frustrated, walk away and find somewhere quiet; breathe deeply. Imagine somewhere relaxing, and drink some chamomile tea. Apply pressure to your acupuncture points (the bridge of the nose and temples).
While you may not be able to change your work environment, you can change the ways you react to it. By being proactive and looking for solutions, you will be able to manage your stress and be more productive at work and at home.
Get started today!
It will take a little time to implement all of these strategies, but don’t give up. You can win.
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