A little bit of stress in the work place is normal. With your boss pressuring you and co-workers nagging you, stress is bound to creep up.
However, excessive stress can become harmful to both your health and your productivity. It can also impact your physical and emotional well-being. Staying as stress-free as possible will keep you happy at work and outside of work. (Check out our article on relieving stress during the holidays.)
Unless you are the boss, and even then, you can't control what goes on at work. But you can control how you react to it.
You have the power to manage the stress you're feeling and the stressful situations you encounter. Finding ways to relieve stress at work will do wonders to your life.
When you begin to feel overwhelmed at work or even at home, it is important that you recognize your stress level. You may start to experience some unusual signs and symptoms that you could mistake for sickness. Believe it or not, stress is like a sickness. Some of the things you should pay attention to: Feeling anxious, irritable, depressed, loss of interest in work, problems sleeping, fatigue, trouble concentrating, muscle tension, headaches, stomach problems, social withdrawal, loss of sex drive, and even over consumption of alcohol or drugs. If these problems begin to occur, you could be doing some serious damage to your health and wellbeing. Start noticing how you're feeling on a day to day basis while at work.
Once of the best things for work stress management is to take care of yourself. Your physical and emotional health need to be the top priority to keep your career life happy. When you are feeling good about yourself, you will notice that you feel a bit stronger and more resilient. You don't have to make any major changes. Simple things like regularly exercising, making better food choices, drinking alcohol in moderation, and getting enough sleep each night can make all the difference. Keeping your health in check is important, especially if you have a stressful job. Stress can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, stomach problems, and other health issues, which can not only affect your work life but your personal life as well. Stay healthy to keep your stress levels at bay and stay stress free to keep your health on track.
The No. 1 thing to do to relieve stress at work is to begin getting yourself organized. Organization is key for any kind of work. Being organized can give you a sense of self control. Prioritizing is also key. Figuring out what needs to be done first and what is most important will help to keep you on track. Create a schedule to help keep both your work and your social life organized. Give yourself breaks when you need. Sit down and have a cup of coffee or go for a short walk. Anything to take a break from the stress you're feeling.
Being a Negative Nancy at work will only make things worse. If you are stressed, turn things around. Having a negative mindset at work will just add even more stress. Begin to think and act positively. Start finding the good in any bad situation. Realize that everything you do is not going to be perfect. People tend to stress themselves out when things aren’t done perfectly. Nothing will ever be perfect. Stay away from perfectionism. This isn't a good character trait. If you search for perfection, you are only going to wind up failing. Having a negative mindset can lead to feeling drained and lacking motivation. When you have a positive mindset, you are energized and ready to work.
If you are working with people, communication is the No. 1 thing to focus on for relieving stress. Having good communication skills will not only reduce the amount of stress you have but also the stress your fellow employees and employers feel. Improving your communication with the people you work with will make things run much smoother. Leave notes for someone you work with, make sure you tell them when things have changed, and always touch base before moving on to something new.
This is especially important if you are working on a group project. Make sure your communication is friendly. Telling someone to do something in a stern voice can only cause more stress. They may become angry with you and will not get what needs to be done, done. Keep all conversations friendly and lighthearted. When you are feeling happy, that happiness can become contagious in the work environment.