Stress Management in the Workplace!

For most of us, a job is a source of income and identity, and a place where we spend almost half of your life, and it can be at times rewarding and at other times stressful. This article can help you understand stress- both positive and negative – and acquire some simple but effective strategies to manage it.

 Not all stress is bad; we need to generate some tension and stress in order to do our best work. This call positive stress. A major challenge in today’s stress filled world is to make your stress work for you, instead of against you.

 Unfortunately, the habits, attitudes and signs that can alert you to the fact that you’re experiencing high levels of stress have become so familiar and common that you may not even be able to recognize.
Stress: The symptoms
• Fatigue
• Insomnia
• High –blood pressure
• Headaches
• Ulcers
• Heartburn
• Inability to concentrate or relax
• Changes in appetite
• Waning sexual interest

Stress in the workplace may have become a definite problem for you if you:
• Feel hopelessly overloaded at work
• Are unable to leave job problems behind at night or on the weekend
• Experience a trapped, immobilized feeling

The following stress management tips may help you increase your resilience, lower stress levels and increase job satisfaction:

1) Take charge of your situation. Take care of important and difficult tasks first. Organize your time to be more effective.
2) Avoid procrastination. Don’t leave important things that are due soon to the last minute.
3) Take one task at a time. Complete the first task then go on to the next one. Keep   the tasks small until you are feeling a sense of accomplishment and control.
4) Slow down. Drop activities that aren’t crucial such as volunteer committees, or extra-curricular activities that aren’t adding value to your life. Remember to take your allotted breaks to refuel, recharge and connect with coworkers.
5) Set realistic and attainable goals. Do what’s possible and accept the rest.
6) Be realistic about what you can change.  Focus on improving upon or influencing the areas over which you have control, and try not to stew about what you can’t control.
7) Be honest with colleagues. Make it clear that you are feeling challenged. Don’t just complain. Be constructive and make practical suggestions for improvements.
8) Recognize danger signs of job stress. Learn the symptoms of stress and take action as soon as they appear to be getting out of hand.
9) Share your stress. You may find it helpful to talk about your stress to family, friends can help see your problem in a different light and offer solutions. Knowing when to ask for help may help you avoid more serious problems later.
10) Make use of programs provided by your employer. Take advantage of your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to help you deal with the effects of stress
11) Carefully evaluate your job and its relationship to your goals. Ask yourself “Does your job maintain or enhance your life goals and desires?”
12) Don’t neglect your personal life. Work out a schedule that allows you to do justice to both work and personal life.
13) Learn to laugh. Laughter is your body’s natural stress- release mechanism
14) Learn to relax .Find a safety value, whether it is a sport, hobby, music, reading or just walking. You shouldn’t feel guilty about enjoying all aspects of your life because everyone serves to unwind.
15) Take care of your physical health. Good physical health increases tolerance to stress. Eat and sleep sensibly