Work is a huge part of life whether we like to think so or not. It is where we spend most of our day. But, what if your job stresses you out or you get anxiety in the workplace? Here are some tips for dealing with stress in the workplace.
Handling your Duties
Believe it or not, there are people who like their jobs. When the work is satisfying, you are more productive and don’t mind taking on extra duties when warranted.
But, when you are under the gun to get work finished and there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day, you’re headed for trouble. If your frantic pace keeps up you’ll start to notice the adverse effects. At first it may just be a stomachache or a headache when you get up in the morning. You may pop a few pills (Tums, Xanax, etc) before heading off to work.
It’s not a flu bug, it’s stress. Left unchecked, stress can lead to sleeplessness, panic attacks, and even serious health problems like high blood pressure.
Once you learn to manage your workplace stress, you will find that you like your job better. You may even (gulp!) start to enjoy it and even look forward to it. Really.
Are you stressed right now? In case you are in doubt, here are a few signs that your stress level has gotten too high at work.
- Snapping at coworkers or your family when you get home
- Lack of focus
- No longer look forward to going to work
- Free floating anxiety
- A feeling of dread on Sunday afternoon or night when you think about work on Monday
Here are 4 tips to help you handle workplace stress:
1.Create a schedule – If you have several projects going at once, map out when they are due. Set up time blocks each day to get work done on each one, with more time given to earlier deadlines. Whether you create a detailed spreadsheet, use a weekly planner like Day Minder, or just jot notes on a Post It Note, make a schedule and try to stick to it. check things off as you complete them to give yourself a sense of accomplishment.
2.Learn to say ‘No’ – No one is super human and part of being good to yourself is setting reasonable boundaries. If all you can handle well is two projects at a time, decline a third when your boss asks if you can take it on. You’ll save yourself a headache or three and your performance on the other two will be better. Do not over extend yourself on the job. Remember, ‘No’ is a complete sentence, and your best is good enough
3.Take lunch – Many think it increases their productivity or shows commitment if they skip a meal. Well, it doesn’t. Skipping lunch stresses your body in many ways: your blood sugar drops, which can lead to anxiety, and by not taking a mental break from work, you can easily get overwhelmed, tired and irritable. Getting nourishment and taking a break allows you to refocus on your goals and ultimately, get more work done. If you are tired, you won’t be able to think clearly and are less productive.
4. Stay away from negative people – people who gossip, regularly bash the management, your clients, or the workplace, are toxic to your health. They really are! Stay away from them at all costs, or at the very least, turn a deaf ear. You’re at your job for 8 hours (or 10, or 12, whatever the case may be) and trying to avoid negativity makes it more tolerable. Remember that you attract what you think about, so if you engage with negative people, you will generally attract more negativity to you.
Don’t let stress ruin your workplace experience. Take steps to get your workload under control so you can manage your stress level, and use the 4 tips above for dealing with workplace stress. If you really try to implement them, you’ll start feeling better at work and about work.
I wish you peace,
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