03 Jun Dealing With Stress In The Workplace
Stress is, unfortunately, one of those things we all sometimes fall prey to, and stress in the workplace is no exception to that rule. Even if we love our jobs, stressful moments are bound to crop up.
Some of the signs that you may be experiencing too much stress at work are: losing interest in your work; irritation and anxiety; fatigue and problems sleeping; and losing concentration and focus.
If you’re feeling stressed at work, check out some of our tips for dealing with it below.
Identify The Issues
Dealing with what stresses you out in the workplace can sometimes feel incredibly overwhelming, especially if your stress levels are at an all-time high. Things can start to feel like one big one-way ticket to anxiety.
The first step to getting a handle on the situation is to identify the root cause of your stress. If checking your email is something that causes stress, consider whether it’s your inbox itself, or just a single email you’ve been waiting for for days.
When you know what causes your stress at work, coming up with fixes and coping mechanisms becomes much easier.
Lean On Your Support Network
It’s important to have support networks and most of us can turn to a range of family and friends outside of the office when we need some timeout and a kind word.
But it’s also crucial to understand that work environments have their own support networks that employees can use when they’re feel stressed. Talk to your line manager first — happy, healthy employees are more productive so they are invested in ensuring that all their employees are operating in environments that consider their well-being.
There is also the option to talk to HR, whose function is to ensure you are working in a way that does not negatively affect you.
It’s The Little Changes
A lot of the time, it’s chaos that breeds stress. A messy inbox with dozens of unread emails. A desktop entirely hidden by files, images, and folders. A filing cabinet that is more like a pile of papers you’re not even sure are relevant.
This is not to say that stress cannot be caused by much larger issues, but that it is much easier to focus on these issues when the smaller things under your control have been improved.
Try and organise your work environment and space so that it is clean and clutter-free, allowing you to focus on everything else, rather than spiralling into an endless hole of stress because you can’t see your keyboard through the post-it notes.
Exercise & Eat Right
You’re probably tired of hearing this advice when it comes to dealing with stress, but the truth is that it’s one of the easiest ways to keep your stress at manageable levels.
We spend all day sitting at a desk, usually drinking too much coffee and eating one too many donuts. This kind of sedentary lifestyle is the perfect percolator for stress and so getting your body moving, and swapping out the pain au chocolate for a bowl of muesli is an easy way to deal with stress.
Plus, doing some exercise during your lunch break, even if that means you’re just going for a walk, is a good way to blow off some steam and lift your mood, with the added of benefit of staying in shape.
Don’t Forget to Recharge
In a world that likes to move fast, to keep pushing, and to always go go go, one of the most important things you can do to minimise stressful situations at work is to take some time off to relax and recharge. Switch off your phone and disconnect your email for a couple of hours a week, just so you can reclaim a little bit of your time and really take a deep breath.
Listen to some of your favourite music, read a book, spend some time with your loved ones. Whatever you do, take some time to replenish your energy levels and return to a pre-stress state, which means you can cope with whatever new comes your way.