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How to deal with stress at work

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A work environment can bring a lot of stress even when you love your job. You may encounter pressure to meet a deadline or fulfil a challenging obligation in the short term. But when work stress becomes persistent, it can be overwhelming—and harmful to both physical and emotional health. A lot of factors tend to go hand-in-hand with work-related stress. Some everyday workplace stressors are low salaries, excessive workloads, few opportunities for growth or advancement etc. 

With all these concerns, managing work can become a challenge. To ensure a stress-free time at work, here are a few tips:

1. Track your stress points:

Take a note of the situations that stress you out and how you respond to them. Analyse your reaction and work towards reacting positively to such conditions. 

2. Develop healthy coping mechanisms:

Fast food or alcohol might attract you at times of stress. Instead, look for healthier alternatives. Exercise helps a lot to reduce stress. Yoga is an excellent choice, but any form of physical activity can be beneficial. Make time for hobbies and your favourite activities. Getting enough sleep is also vital for stress management. Maintain healthy sleep habits. Limiting your caffeine intake and minimising stimulating activities, such as computer and television use, can be beneficial.

3. Maintain Boundaries:

In today’s digital world, it’s natural to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day. It becomes necessary to maintain some work-life boundaries for yourself. Although people have different preferences regarding how much they blend their work and home life, establishing some clear boundaries can reduce the potential for work-life conflict and the stress that goes with it.

4. Take time to refuel:

To avoid the adverse effects of chronic stress and burnout, we need time to return to our pre-stress level of functioning. This process requires “switching off” from work by having periods when you are neither engaging in work-related activities nor thinking about work. When possible, take time off from work to relax and unwind, so you come back to work feeling ready to perform at your best. Turning off the phone and focusing on non-work related activities for some time can also help refuel.

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