It is normal to have some amount of stress at your workplace. Some amount of stress is necessary so that an individual can stay focused, energetic and meet new challenges that can improve work satisfaction and one’s well-being in and out of the workplace.
Although, not everything in your workplace can be controlled, and that is okay. However, you should not feel helpless or powerless regarding such a situation. This can be taken care of by- taking the right steps in order to prevent the negative effects of stress.
This is crucial because, excessive stress can interfere with productivity and performance. Constant stress can also impact one’s physical and emotional health. This is important to note as performance at your workplace may even determine the success of your job.
Today’s work places are often very demanding with long working hours and deadlines to meet causes stress and worry.
These are some of the causes of stress at your workplace
- Long working hours or even late nights.
- High workload
- Constant changes related to work and projects
- Meeting tight deadlines
- Insufficient skills
- Lack of promotional opportunities.
- Bad relations with colleagues or the boss
- Job insecurity
Symptoms of work related stress
- Insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns
- Frequent headaches
- Anxiety, depression irritability
- Lack of concentration and focus
- Increase in sick days and more absents at workplace
- Disinterest and isolation
We put together some tips to tackle and manage stress at your workplace:
- Cultivate good friendships at your workplace
Good support from your colleagues and boss can help you to combat the negative effects of stress. You can in turn offer your help and support and listen to them when they require your support. Try and be more social with your coworkers. All these things will help to build a good rapport with them.
- Take care of your health
Make smart food choices. Cut down on junk food. Food impacts the way you feel during the day. Frequent and healthy meals can keep an individual’s body fit while maintaining the blood sugar levels and avoiding mood swings. One feels more anxious and irritable in cases where a body’s blood sugar levels are low.
- Make time for exercise
There are some exercises that raise your heart rate and make you sweat. Such exercises can lift your mood, increase energy, focus and relax your mind and body. Walking, running, dancing and even drumming are known to be soothing for one’s nervous system. With increasing stress at work you can try these activities when taking short breaks. Even taking a stroll out of the work place can help you regain your energy levels.
- Good Sleep
It is essential to have a good night’s sleep of at least 6 – 8 hours per day. Disturbed or irregular sleep will have a negative impact on your daily performance and productivity. Rest enables one to cope and manage stress more efficiently.
- Stay organized
Have you heard of the common saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” It’s true! Only focusing on work and no recreation or other activities, is a recipe for a total burnout. Balance is required between work and family, social activities, down time and daily responsibilities. Some ways to stay organized include, prioritizing your tasks, taking short breaks, delegating responsibilities and breaking your work or projects down into small steps.
When there is very little job or work satisfaction life becomes monotonous and boring which also affects our physical and mental health. Many jobs are mundane; however, you can yet find purpose and joy in what you are doing. Focus more on areas that are more enjoyable at work. A change in attitude towards work helps to find more purpose and meaning at work.
Take action if you feel stress appears to be negatively affecting your performance, health and your social relations. Try Therappo’s online counseling sessions today! Therappo can help you to cope and manage your stress no matter what you do for a living or even though you are facing high stress at your workplace.