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Work Stress Management Tipsfrom: Jim Holden - Staff Writer
Work related stress is probably the most common sources of stress among adults today. The fast paced lifestyle we all lead nowadays have focused most of our attentions on doing well at work, meeting deadlines, earning money and making sure bills are paid, that we hardly have any time to ponder on our personal lives and where they are heading.
Because of this highly busy lifestyle, we tend to forget to take care of our psychological, physical and emotional well-being, thinking that the monetary rewards brought about by working hard will eventually offset the hassles we face. We forget that we need to pause for a while and reflect.
A lot of offices nowadays recognize the importance of work stress management, because stress is often identified as the main enemy of creativity and productivity. If an employee is stressed, he or she will not likely do his or her job well and fail to perform at his or her maximum capacity. As the worker suffers from stress, so does the company. That is why human resource departments are now placing a huge prime on work stress management.
Seminars and workshops are now being offered left and right to combat work related stress. Talks like Franklin Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People have been staples in office’s yearly workshop offerings to permanent staff. Human resource departments also keep reminding workers that their doors are always open for any kind of grievance that is related to work, and it has been found that most of such grievances are linked with how employees increasingly feel burned out by their routinary tasks.
Routine is a workplace antagonist. People who do repetitive tasks every single working day are much more likely to experience work stress than any other person in the office. If your job involves repetition, then this article is for you, because, here, we will be introducing some tips in order to help you manage work stress.
- Savor your break times
For people who are suffering from work stress, break times, no matter how short are like gold. Thus, you should use your breaks wisely and learn to maximize the benefits they can give you. How do you do this? During breaks, try to get away from your work desk. Make it a rule that you should not do anything work-related (even if there is a deadline) while you’re on your break.
Take a walk around the office block or chat with co-workers who are also taking their breaks. Whatever you do, do it for the sake of clearing your head and getting your mind off the tasks at hand, even if it’s just for a short while. Have a cup of coffee, or, if you’re already feeling a little tense, a glass water will do the trick.
- Stay calm, even under pressure
Lashing out at a coworker or throwing a temper tantrum because of frustration on a certain task will not do you any good. If the job is difficult, take it one step at a time. Recognize that you can only perform at your best and that you won’t be able to do so if your energies are wasted by dwelling on the problem.
When something negative comes up, immediately look for open windows that will give you alternatives. Focusing too much on the problem will only aggravate things. Take a deep breath and move with the first thing you can work with.
- Play Internet games
If your office allows you to surf the Net while you’re working, you will find that a quick Google search will produce thousands of stress busting games you can toy with when you’re already feeling burned out. Most of these games are pretty amusing, while some are designed to help soothe you and rid your mind of your stressors. Orisinal.com is a good site.
- Acknowledge that you don’t have superpowers
You’re only human and, thus, can only perform up to a certain extent. Deadlines can be addressed by proper time management. Don’t pile up all your work at the last minute, because you will inevitably break down, if you haven’t already. Learn to space out your tasks and avoid cramming.
There are many ways to manage work stress effectively. But one thing that is common to them all is that they all seek to reduce the psychological effects of stress. Dealing with your head first and your responses to stressors will eventually help control how your body reacts. Stress is often all in the mind. If you always keep a positive view on things, you will be able to handle it better.