No matter what your job is we all have to deal with workplace stress. Some of us are better at leaving work at work and not taking it home. Workplace stress can create many conflicts from interpersonal issues to productivity levels. Recurrent workplace stress can lead to poor sleeping habits, trouble concentrating, changes in mood, energy, and increased social isolation. All of which can have damaging results to your mental and emotional health in and outside of the workplace. Fortunately, there are healthy ways to deal and manage your workplace stress.
Everyone’s body deals with stress differently. That’s why it’s important for you to create awareness as to how your body reacts to stress. It’s also important to note what your stressors are. Some general ways to reduce in-the-moment stress are deep breathing, 10-minute meditations or finding a quiet space to recalibrate.
Focus on Prioritizing
Stress is usually caused by feeling like everything is happening at once. Deadlines are encroaching, bills are piling, and it’s like there’s no room or time to breathe! Ultimately, we become so overwhelmed it’s hard to focus on any one of the tasks at hand. Taking some time every week to prioritize what you have going on will help you distribute your stress evenly. When you have everything laid out, you can focus on what’s important first and break down your to-do’s into easy to manage tasks.
Utilize Support Systems
Support systems help us cope with everyday life, not just the stressors. Friends, family, and significant others help make life worth living. They had fun, laughter, and love which enriches our lives. This is why they’re so important to have. It doesn’t matter if your support system is on or offline, just as long as you have someone to turn to when you need an ear. Support systems help you reflect on workplace stress and vent out any frustration and anger.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies. Asking for help in the workplace is not a sign of weakness. Asking for help shows that you have the wherewithal to know what you don’t know and to know when you need help. When you ask for help, it doesn’t make others think you’re “dumb” or less smart, in fact, quite the contrary. Asking for help is a sign of effective leadership. If a task or assignment is outside the scope of your knowledge, speak up and be open to learning something new.
Create Healthy Boundaries
It can be incredibly difficult to separate your personal life from your professional life. But the fact is, it’s not only good but necessary. Creating healthy boundaries between your personal and professional life can help you reduce workplace stress. When your personal and professional life begin to blend too much together, that’s when stress can start to build. Try setting times when you will no longer answer work emails or phone calls and see how that starts to decrease your stress levels.
Learning to effectively deal with and manage stress isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Stress impacts each one of us differently and it can have adverse emotional, mental, and physical effects. If you are struggling to manage stress in your life, call us today to make an appointment.