All of us are stressed, right? Who wouldn’t be in this crazy modern world? We literally have 24 hours in a day and we try to cram everything that we can into those hours. Our family and friends are expecting our time and attention, some of us have bosses driving us mad and demanding clients. Eventually this will all lead us to a place where we never thought we’ll ever be. Stressed out!
Although people have different ideas when it comes to how they balance their work and personal life, creating some clear boundaries can reduce the potential for work-life conflict and the stress that goes with it.
Most of you will agree with us that at some point in your work life, you have felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging responsibility. But when work stress becomes prolonged, it can be overwhelming and harmful to both your physical and emotional health.
But although some jobs are certainly more nail-biting than others, we all deal with work-related stress on a daily basis.
So what are the common reasons for work stress?
- Extreme workloads.
- Few opportunities for growth or advancement.
- Work that isn't challenging enough.
- Not having enough control over job-related decisions.
- Unrealistically high performance expectations.
Fortunately, there are a number of strategies for confronting workplace stress. Here are some simple but effective ways to manage stress in the workplace.
1. Identify what is stressing you out
Finding the source of your stress is the first step to fighting it, but it could be easier said than done. Stressors usually fall into the following categories:
Emotional stressors. This includes your fears and anxieties, such as worries about whether you'll be fired or if you will get that new job you applied for.
Family stressors. This can be changes in your relationship with your significant other or financial problems.
Work stressors. They may include tight deadlines or having to deal with a difficult boss every single day of your working life.
2. Organize your workspace
Taking control of your schedule can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed over small tasks.
When it comes to your schedule, figure out what you can control (such as when to take your lunch break or the order in which you’ll complete certain tasks) and what is fixed (the meeting with your boss, for example). This will help you manage your time more efficiently and maintain as much control as possible over your everyday routine.
3. Have a more positive outlook
This is a tough one. But adopting a more positive attitude toward stress can help you to deal with it more effectively, it could even transform your stress into something good that enhances your performance, health and personal growth. Yes, you don’t have any control over facing stressful situations but you do have control over how you think about stress and the way it will affect you.
There’s no doubt that stress can be used as a force for good, however an excessive amounts of it over the long term can cause serious problems.
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