In our post Stop Feeling So Stressed Out, we talked about how stress can feel overwhelming at times no matter how much you love and enjoy your job. This can easily make you feel even more swamped, not to mention putting your mental and physical health at risk if left unchecked. This article provides practical tips to help keep stress at bay while in the workplace.
Do Relaxation Exercises
If you feel overwhelmed with stress, take a few minutes to calm yourself down by performing some relaxation exercises. Forbes lists a number of strategies that you can try for a few minutes to compose yourself.
One is the ‘progressive muscle relaxation exercise’, which involves tensing and relaxing your body, one part at a time. Stress has physical effects, including the tightening of muscles, and this exercise is intended to relieve the tension. The article also provides tips on how to perform deep breathing exercises, which is dubbed as the ‘best stress reduction technique of all’.
Learn To Better Manage Your Time
HelpGuide puts emphasis on using your time wisely to alleviate the condition. Realistically speaking, there are only so many things that you can do in a single day. Focus on high priority deliverables and either drop on the other ones afterwards, or put them off for another day if you’ve already reached the end of your shift.
It’s important to note, however, that this tip doesn’t just include the hours you spend on business matters. It also factors the time for short breaks during the day and even the time you spend at home resting and being with loved ones. Being completely immersed in your work can take a toll on your body in the long run, so it is important that you establish healthy boundaries to not end up feeling overburdened.
Try To Approach Issues From A Different Angle
One reason why people get stressed at work is that they feel stuck and can’t think their way through a problem. If this is the reason behind your anxiety, Menlo Coaching advises looking at the problem from a different angle. This includes evaluating yourself on why you think you are stuck. Doing so can help you identify new ways of finding information to help you move forward.
While you’re at it, try to look at your stressors as well as stress itself, from a different perspective. Instead of seeing these things as entirely negative aspects of your life, you can look at them as driving forces which propel you to overcome challenges.
It might seem strange to imagine how food has anything to do with your stress levels – other than stress eating. But Hrtwarming says that a good diet not only maintains your wellbeing; it also boosts your productivity throughout the day. After all, healthy food will serve as your fuel to perform your tasks efficiently and effectively. Do it early on by starting your day with a good breakfast so you don’t feel tired even at the beginning of your shift.
Sit Up Straight
In the same way that diet affects stress levels, your posture can spell the difference between being overwhelmed by your work or not. Time magazine quotes Andy Yap, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology post-doctoral associate and lecturer, who said that posture influences both psychology and behavior. Slumping on your seat tends to make you feel less confident about yourself and more prone to stress. In contrast, sitting up straight exudes a feeling of readiness and a sense of 'being capable' to take on your tasks – a mindset that buffers you from the negative effects of stress.
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JeNLeadership is an employee training specialist and organisational development consultant. Since finishing her Master's Course in Industrial Relations, she has worked with over 13 companies comprised of both SMEs and multinational corporations.