In this fast pace of life and a difficult economy, it is difficult to face the challenges of the job and personal life. Stress at the workplace causes adverse effects on your productivity and your physical and emotional health. It leads to conflicts with colleagues and reduces job satisfaction which causes more stress. With careful planning, you can manage and reduce workplace stress and thereby can take care of your health and career.
Here are some effective stress management strategies to adopt:
Start the day with good planning and create a balanced schedule. Analyze your schedule and include time for family responsibilities and a hobby of your choice.
Getting up 10-15 minutes early every day will help you to avoid the last-minute frantic rush to work gears TV. Have a nutritious breakfast instead of gulping down a cup of coffee before rushing out. Use your travel time to listen to your favorite music or positive speeches which will help lighten your mood and maintain a positive attitude throughout the day.
Be aware of your job responsibilities. Discuss with your supervisor if you are not clear about the requirements and get help when needed. Plan your work and focus on achieving your targets. Avoid cluttering of workspace and be efficient in organizing your work.
Take your breaks at regular intervals. Step away from your desk for a while. This will refresh you and provide exercise for your body as well. Reduce the intake of caffeine or tea in your breaks and drink water, juice or light nutritious snacks.
Sit in a proper and comfortable posture. Bad posture might lead to sore back, pain and increase stress. Learn exercises that can be done from your seat. Go for a short walk in your lunch break or use the gym at work. This will help you to stay in shape and also to be energetic throughout the day.
Stay away from conflicts at the workplace and keep out of arguments between colleagues. Gossiping or getting involved in office politics might cause a negative opinion about you. Try to avoid people who might hurt you. Be diplomatic in expressing your views and opinions when asked for.
Prioritize your tasks and finish the tasks of high importance first. Avoid multitasking like talking on the phone while trying to draft a document or contract. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to do, devise a step by step plan and concentrate on one step at a time. Delegate tasks to your colleagues which will relieve you of unwanted stress and tension.
Identify the areas you need to improve in and put a conscious effort to work on it. Enhance your listening and communication skills to establish a good rapport with your colleagues and managers. Listen to your inner voice and know what you are feeling and improve your self-control. Plan some activity of fun and relaxation at the end of the day. Get enough sleep since sleep deprivation can lead to stress.