It is common to experience some stress within the workplace, however excessive stress can negatively impact your job performance and productivity. Managing your stress effectively is vital as stress overload could lead you to develop health problems such as depression and anxiety.
This guide takes a look at effective stress management techniques in order to protect yourself from the damaging effects of stress, improve your job satisfaction and bolster your well-being overall.
Identifying what triggers your stress
It is important to track your stressors and see how you react to the them in order to find the perfect solution. Being a perfectionist and setting unrealistic goals is the main cause of stress in the workplace, as you set yourself up to fall short. It is best to set achievable targets and do your best to accomplish them, no one can ask more than that.
Remaining organised can allow you to avoid unnecessary stress. Planning ahead and prioritising tasks, through spreadsheets or ‘to do’ lists, can help you stay on top of your work and reduce the chances of last minute scrambling before important deadlines.
A healthy lifestyle can help reduce stress. Any form of exercise, whether it be yoga or going for a run, can be the perfect stress buster to keep your mind off work. A balanced diet is also essential, as foods with high levels of chemical preservatives or trans-fat can have a negative affect your mood, whilst foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as mackerel or salmon, can also help boost your mood.
Moreover, walking on your lunch break and getting some fresh air gets you away from the office environment and helps you relax, allowing you to manage any challenges you face and keep stress at a minimum.
Get enough sleep
It is often said that an adult requires around eight hours sleep per night for optimal performance. Lack of sleep can interfere with productivity, creativity and your ability to focus. The more rest you have, the more prepared you are to tackle your responsibilities and stay on top of any workplace stress you may come in contact with.
*Top Tip* Try avoiding stimulating activities, such as computer and television use, an hour before bed to help you fall asleep easily. Limiting caffeine intake late in the day can also help you build healthy sleep habits and enable you to manage work stress more easily!
Speak to someone
Plan to manage any stressors identified by speaking to a manager or colleague to allow you to perform the best you possibly can. Seeking support from family members can be useful to vent and bring yourself to a state of calmness. It is important you seek support from friends and family, since a state of loneliness can also make you more vulnerable to stress.
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