Manage Stress at Work to Improve Well Being
Stress is an exhausting condition that costs both employers and employees. According to UK Study, there are 526,000 workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety between 2016 and 2017. Consequently, there are 12.5 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
Here are a few practical tips to manage stress at work and improve your wellbeing this 2018:
Listen before reacting
Stress can take place when we think that situations are beyond our control. Before reacting, listen to the situation first. If you are feeling overwhelmed or tense with the situation, take a deep breath first to restore your balance. Once you start to calm down, determine which part of the situation you cannot control. Don’t worry about it. Focus on the things you can work on instead.
Schedule your day
Don’t go to a battle without any clear game plan. Schedule your day and organize your activities. Productivity and performance go down if you approach your work on an “attack mode”. Don’t drain your energy. Eliminate timewasters and interruptions. Interruptions are inevitable but your response to these things can create a difference. Establish boundaries. Learn when to accept or decline a task. You may have a different take on work-life balance but setting boundaries ensure that work won’t interrupt your life and vice versa.
Watch over your health
Getting a good sleep, balanced diet and proper exercise can keep stress at bay. Bad eating habits can stress your body. Lack of sleep can hinder your body’s natural rejuvenation. Get good hours of bedtime and watch your diet.
Determine your stressors
Identify which stressors are self-inflicted and what is inevitable. Keep a journal to track your stressor. Jot down your reaction and the situation. How did you respond to the situation? This helps you come up with patterns and allows you to respond better the next time the same situation arises. Stop imposing stress on yourself through building your self-confidence. Don’t live up to people’s expectations and work accordingly.
Turn to your co-workers and collaborate. Having a strong support systems curbs stress away. If you don’t have friends at work, it is not yet late to open up. Don’t just build your social network; open up with your family too. Interact with them and offer help when you can. You will not have any idea how willing are these people when it is your turn to need help.
Reset your panic button and relax. Avoid the negative effects of stress by replenishing your energy. You can take a time off for vacation or meditate. Engage in a sport or activity that you enjoy. Yoga is a great way to de-stress. Disconnect from time to time so you can perform at your best when you come back to work.