Stress and work seem to go hand in hand for many people these days, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Identify The Stressors
There can be a variety of reasons for workplace stress so find out what it is that is stressing you out. Being clear about the root of the stress will help you to get some clarity about the situation and enable you to look at how you can handle things to the best effect. When we feel highly stressed it can be hard to get a handle on exactly what it is that is causing the problem so it is worth getting clear about the root of the problem.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Look at yourself and your role and see what could be done differently. Just because something has always been done one way, doesn’t mean that it has to be done that way for ever more.
What can you do differently that would make a difference in this situation? Though this can be a challenging question to ask yourself, it is empowering to see your part in a situation and also what you can do to change it.
Setting boundaries is vital for managing stress. Boundaries are important to have both around your work and role and also around your work and home life. If you have difficulty doing this, it might be worth hiring a coach or attending a seminar on assertiveness to get some help with this.
Stay In Your Own Business
Sometimes stress can come about by being too involved in the situations around you. Of course, it is impossible to switch off completely from your surroundings and your work colleagues, but if you are getting overly stressed it is worth looking to see what situations you can cut back on or remove yourself from at work.
Learn To Relax
So many of us find it hard to switch off and really relax. Drinking a bottle of wine and falling asleep in front of the TV is not relaxation and will mean that you go back to work the next day feeling worst than ever! Meditation and yoga are two practices that can be helpful in dealing with stress. You may already know what really helps you relax and just need to find time to do these things more often. Have a look and see how you could incorporate some real relaxation into your week. It is important to take care of yourself and recharge your batteries outside work. None of us can keep running on empty!
Get a Less Stressful Job
If you have tried everything you can think of and your stress levels are still unacceptable for you, it might be time to change jobs. Knowing yourself and how you tick can help in choosing a new job that will be more suitable. Jobs that some people thrive in can just mean stress for another person and vice versa. It is worth taking the time to learn from the negative experiences in past jobs so you can find a job that suits you better.