Top Tips For Managing Stress in the Work Place
Reports show that the work place and our jobs are the most likely reason why we might feel stressed, or suffer from long term stress related illness. Everyone is likely to feel under pressure and stressed at some point, but long periods of stress becomes a bigger issue, and can start to impact on your health, lifestyle, happiness and relationships. Because of this, it’s important to recognize when you are suffering from stress, and how to manage it to reduce stress and even avoid it completely.
Understanding stress at work
Stress can be caused by a number of factors, with the most common being:
– Excessive pressure and unmanageable workloads
– Poor progression or lack or acknowledgement
– Work that doesn’t provide a challenge or being uninterested in your work
– Lack of support from colleagues
– Conflicting demands or unclear direction
Managing stress at work
The first and most important step is to first understand the source of your stress. Try keeping a journal at work and noting down any points during the day that you feel particularly stressed and what the cause might be. Do this for 1-2 weeks to gain a better understanding of where the problem is coming from.
The next step is to develop healthy responses to your stress. Many people turn to food or alcohol during high periods of stress to help manage their unhappiness, but this in turn usually makes the problem worse and doesn’t tackle the root cause. Now that you have a better understanding of what causes you to feel stressed, you can change your response. If you feel particularly angry or stressed about a certain situation at work, take five minutes out doing something you enjoy, like taking a walk, getting a hot drink or reading a positive book.
What you do outside of work matters too. Yoga, massage, walking and exercise are all known to help combat stress. After a long and stressful day it can be all too easy to collapse on the sofa with a glass of wine. Instead, try attending a yoga class and relaxing with a massage a few times a week, to help you unwind and take your mind off from work.
It is also essential to establish boundaries. Today many of us take work home with us, whether this be physical work done out of hours, or monitoring and replying to emails at all hours and during weekends. It’s important to find time to recharge and step back from work. If you find it difficult to relax, such as watching a film or TV in the evening without checking your emails, take up a hobby that will also help you improve your stress levels, while distracting you from thinking about work or checking emails.
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