While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can hamper success. When you’re stressed, you can’t think clearly and become paralyzed and less productive. This has a negative impact on how people perceive you. It also negatively affects your mental, physical and emotional health.
There are several ways through which you can reduce or totally eliminate stress in the workplace. Following these simple instruction steps could actually help you solve your stress problems.
1. Manage your time well
Create a balanced schedule. When you know what you have to do and when you have to get it done, things are orderly and this results in less stress. Prioritize your tasks and take things one step at a time. This makes it easier to focus and to do a job of higher quality right away.
2. Stop Worrying
Learn to live your life one day at a time. Try to think positively about your work and avoid negative-thinking co-workers. Being negative drains you and makes you unmotivated. Worry less and when problems arise, don't build mountains out of molehills. Instead of creating more drama and overthinking, take deep breaths and think calmly on how you can resolve them.
3. Ask for help
You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Ask your friends and colleagues for help when you need it. You might not always get help, but you might be surprised by how helpful people are if you just simply ask. You don’t have to control the outcome of every project or micromanage every task. Delegate or ask for help when needed.
4. Get enough sleep
Sleep is rejuvenating. You should try to get as much as 8-10 hours of sleep everyday no matter how busy or hectic your schedule is. Going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday helps create a good and healthy sleeping pattern. Avoid eating, watching TV, or reading in bed as these things could prevent you from sleeping.
5. Learn how to relax
Using methods such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga and mindfulness can help reduce stress. Start by taking a few minutes each day to focus on a simple activity like breathing, walking or enjoying a meal. The ability to focus diligently on one activity without distraction will get stronger with practice and you'll find that you can apply this skill to many different aspects of life.
Regular exercise is a powerful stress reliever. It may not be fun, but working out lifts your mood, increases your energy levels, gives you sharper focus and relaxes both your mind and body. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days. It can be broken down throughout the day. You don't have to work out in a 30 minute stretch.
7. Eat healthy
This could certainly lower your stress level as eating badly will stress your system. Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake. Never ever skip meals. Even if you are in a rush, don't skip breakfast. Eating breakfast energises you for the rest of the day.
8. Good work-life balance
Create a life outside of work. Spend time with your family and friends - physically, mentally, and emotionally. Take on a new hobby. Read a book. Join a dance class. Prioritize what matters to you and carve out time during your weekends and/or evenings to do them. One of the best ways to relieve stress is by doing an activity that you actually love and enjoy.
Worrying too much causes workplace stress and fatigue. Stress is avoidable and doesn't have to be woven into your life. Prioritise and place taking good care of yourself above everything else. Be organized and break bad habits.