How to eliminate workplace stress
Stress is a major problem many employees face and is the one thing that can halter or completely cease productivity. It is common knowledge that when working under pressure mistakes can occur, not to mention the negative impact stress has upon one’s health. Before everything gets too much and you break, here are a few ways you can eliminate workplace stress.
Determine the cause of your stress
Sometimes it reaches far deeper than a big workload. A fear of being laid off, working overtime due to staff cutbacks and pressure from management to perform better are all factors that could lead to stress. You need to understand what is causing the stress in order to eliminate it.
This is usually the first thing when consulting ways to manage work but there’s no denying that the concept is effective. A major contributor to stress is a large workload. So, before you panic about your workload to the point of catatonically staring at your computer screen, ask yourself; what needs to be done first and what can wait?
The worst thing you can do is attempt to do everything as soon as possible. This is when stress builds up and mistakes occur. You will find that you are less productive trying to do five things at once rather than one thing at a time. Sort out a schedule and try to stick to it as far as possible.
Take regular breaks and get moving
If you feel weighed down by your workload, take a moment, stand up and jog on the spot or stretch. A bit of exercise will clear your mind and recharge your productivity levels. You can even swop exercise for 5 minutes of intense meditation provided you are in a quiet spot. Listen to your favourite song and dance around, this is if you are in a closed office and there’s no chance a client might walk in on your antics. The point is just to take five minutes every hour or so just to shake it loose.
Feeling tired and overwhelmed? Your cause of exhaustion might not actually be caused by stress but rather poor food choices. Food that is high in potassium such as bananas that go a long way towards giving you that natural boost of energy without the aid of supplements.
Make sure you get in proper vitamins of all groups and get enough sleep where possible. Pack a healthy, balanced lunch and avoid fast food joints. Swop your coffee for a delicious smoothie.
Take a nap
Instead of working through your lunch hour, allocate the time instead to take a nap on the sofa in your office or inside your car. Many science reports have shown that a short half hour nap or so can greatly improve concentration and productivity. Don’t forget that you most probably use that lunch hour to eat said lunch so leave enough time to enjoy your food or snack throughout the morning.
Talk to someone
Bottling up your feelings does nothing except add to your stress. If you feel oppressed or overworked, address the issue with your manager, HR manager or even your boss if circumstances allow it. However, if it isn’t a major issue and simply a big workload and you just need a shoulder to cry on, someone who understands, a family member or friends works just as well.
A spot of professional advice: Refrain from turning to coworkers with your problems since walls grow ears and said co-worker might not have your best interests at heart and exploit your weaknesses.
Symptoms of stress:
- Feelings of anxiety, depression or irritation
- Loss of interest in work
- Fatigue and trouble concentrating
- Muscle tension or headaches
- Social withdrawal
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