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18/07/2018

Managing Stress At Work


Workplace stress can not only affect your performance at work but your overall well-being as well. If your increasing workload and the thought of Monday mornings are beginning to stress you out, it’s time to do something about it.

Below are some ways you can manage your stress at work, with a view to help you fall in love with your job again.

Find the Challenge in a situation

If a situation is viewed as difficult, it is perceived as a threat, and therefore our bodies respond in a way that increases our stress. If we view the same situation as a challenge, it increases our sense of control in the situation, which in turn decreases our stress.

Stay Organised

Even if you’re a naturally disorganised person, forward planning can greatly decrease your stress levels at work. Being organised with your time means less rushing in the morning to avoid being late and rushing to get out at the end of the day. Keeping yourself organised means avoiding the negative effects of clutter, and being more efficient with your work.

Take regular breaks

Stop what you are doing occasionally and just sit or stand still. Focus on your breath at the point it enters your nostrils. Take a slow, deep breath and release the breath slowly. Repeat this a couple of times and then return to the task you were doing.

Move away from using negative language

When we are stressed, we often see the world from a more negative point of view. By simply changing our language to use less harsh words can help any situation seem less daunting. You will find by simply replacing 'I can't do this’ with ‘How can I do this?’ and ‘I hate doing this’ with ‘I don’t enjoy doing this’ will help how you view situations.

A manager’s open door needs to be a revolving door

Managers need to take a proactive approach and talk to staff regularly. This will help them to identify and deal with stress amongst employees early and identify if unreasonable demands are being made on staff unintentionally. Encourage team members to take a break at lunchtime and move out of the workspace. By being proactive, managers make it easier for staff to come to them if they need to discuss any issues they are stressed about.

Workplace stress can have a number of negative effects on your life, so it’s important to tackle the issue head-on. Preparation and organisation can help you to feel calmer, but you also need to look after your physical well-being too. 

What things help you manage your stress levels in the workplace?
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