Wouldn't it be nice to go to work and not feel stressed at all? Workplace stress management is vital because adverse working conditions can weigh you down emotionally and mentally. The good news is that it’s possible to manage stress at your workplace.
Read on to see how you can best deal with stress at work. This article offers some useful tips that you can apply today for a stress-free working environment.
We already know that a little bit of stress is good for you. However, when the stress is negative and happens daily, then it can trigger chronic stress which can then interfere with your health and productivity. The following tips will help you create a better working environment, free of stress.
Tips on how to manage workplace stress
Identify and track your stressor
So, you're experiencing the negative side effects of stress, but can you pinpoint what is causing it? You know it's coming from work, but have you carefully sifted through the mess to identify the main cause?
Sometimes we get so caught up in juggling work and family that we don't sit to think about the origin of our problems. Identifying your stressor can give you more control over the issue, which can help you take charge of how to tackle it.
Identifying your stressor isn't as easy as it sounds. Sometimes, a stressor can have a ripple effect affecting almost everything at work. Look at the following examples for instance.
Example 1A toxic colleague can trigger your stress, making it impossible to deliver quality work. The situation might frustrate your boss, who might seem like he/she is always on your case.
Your boss might seem like the problem, but your colleague here is the genesis of all your problems.
A habit of procrastinating can trigger poor productivity, issues at work with your coworkers, your boss, and possibly termination. In this case, it might seem like you have a bad boss or coworkers. However, until you acknowledge that you have a problem with procrastinating, then the problem remains.
The best approach here would be to start a weekly journal. Identify all the situations that cause you stress and write them down. Establish a situation that stresses you the most and start dealing with it.
Are you a people pleaser? Sometimes trying to please everyone can be the source of your stress.
If you're the only one who doesn't mind doing everyone else's work, then your colleagues are likely to dump all their work on you. Before you know it, you're overwhelmed, fatigued and unable to deliver quality work.
What is a boundary?
A boundary is a limit of how much you can take in without feeling uncomfortable. A boundary can be tangible (physical) or intangible (emotional)
Therefore, if something or someone makes you uncomfortable speaking out will help with workplace stress management. Avoid being combative when opening up, rather be polite but firm. You’ll be surprised at how easily people will start respecting your boundaries.
Stop multitasking and start chunking
Multitasking is when you try to do several related or unrelated tasks simultaneously. The habit might seem productive but can be a major source of stress.
According to David Meyer, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan, multitasking is not as efficient as it looks. The practice reduces the quality of your work. In the end, you might waste too much time trying to focus on tasks several tasks at the same time.
Instead, try chunking where you switch between tasks. Start your day by splitting your work into achievable chunks. Pay minimal attention to disruptions. If you encounter inevitable, interruptions such as phone call, pause for a second, answer the call, the resume you task thereafter.
Create time to exercise
Physical activity can be instrumental in helping you reduce stress. Workouts reduce endorphins (happy hormones) pushing stress, anxiety and depression at bay.
Excising regularly can also improve your cognitive function, and improve on things like;
If you can afford it, enroll at your local gym, and start reaping the benefits of working out. If you can’t afford monthly gym subscriptions, worry not. There are plenty of Do It Yourself DIY workouts that you can engage in such as;
Talk to someone
Is your stress too much to handle? Consider seeking the help of a professional counsellor.
For most people, managing stress might not be as easy as it might be to some. Counselling can help you sift through your stress, and offer you actionable solutions.
Before you enroll for counselling, ensure that your counsellor is a qualified and certified professional. That way, you will get the right kind assistance, to cope with your work environment.
Beware that putting yourself through prolonged stress also means putting your wellbeing at risk. Luckily, there are plenty of workplace stress management solutions that can help avert the problem. Examples of solutions here are exercising, chunking, setting boundaries, identifying stressors and counselling.
Acknowledgement: Eve Carrie Writer