4 Workplace Stress Management Tips
The source of much of the stress in a career person’s life is their workplace. The deadlines, paper works, irate clients and bosses, office politics, the details, and so on will all add up to give you the worst problems that you can possibly experience in your entire life. These problems all add up and will soon begin to affect the productivity of your work – your emotional, mental and physical fortitude will be put to the test.
Stress management in your workplace involves a lot of factors, particularly in dealing with the amassed collection of minute problems that tend to stomp on your “last nerve” when put all together. Here are some tips that will help you keep your work stress from ruining your health, relationships, quality of life and let’s face it; your sanity.
1. Nip It Now
The key to keeping a balanced career is to not let an anthill of a problem turn into a mountain. If you keep attention to details, you can solve these problems one-by-one before they pile up. Try to get rid of the habit of postponing your problems for later since you won’t know what will arrive on your desk tomorrow. Stay in front of the solution parade.
Irate and demanding clients can give you more problems than anything put together. Since your life and career revolves around them, you need to tread carefully on handling their problems. One tip in dealing with these people is to keep your cool while listening to their rants and raves. Don’t let their anger distract or highjack your emotions. Their frustration doesn’t have to be yours. Stay solution-minded.
2. Deconstruct the Backlog
Pick something you’ve let fall behind and want to address. Break the looming challenge into small, very simplistic, linear steps aimed at the solution you have in mind. Then each day, commit to doing at least the next step. Keep the steps small and accomplishable. Progress adds up; like pennies in jar. Don’t dismiss the great things that can be done in small steps.
3. Make Breaks Count
It is important to know your limits while working. Human beings aren’t built to work 24 hours a day so its best if you keep a close eye on your body before it gets out of hand. If you think that the work is starting to affect your thinking or when you start to get irritable, build in a “speed bump” to keep it from dragging you down. When you first begin feeling a little burned out try to take some time off – even a few minutes – listen to music, get a cup of coffee, go outside and get a few minutes of fresh air – anything to help you disconnect, diffuse and relax.
If you have your own cubicle at work then it’s advisable to customize it to make your workplace as comfortable as possible. A cushion on your chair to prop your back, a foot stool to help your legs relax, or even some pictures that will remind you of fun times to take your mind off your problems for a short period of time. You probably spend a lot of time in this office or cubicle. Think of what you are exposed to for so many hours a week. Make the space, within professional limits, as conducive to a stress free experience as possible.
Some techniques like breathing exercises will help you relax by keeping your body rhythm at normal. If you start to feel some aches and pains, then you better walk around or do a little stretching… loosen all those muscles first before proceeding with your workload. Heck, istand up and stretch. Sitting for hours on end can have a very direct impact on your physical comfort and that definitely impacts your mood.
4. Pamper Yourself
Sometimes work can be so demanding that it’s almost impossible to get a vacation; or if you do, you get turned down flat. You need to find ways to take some time off and pamper yourself before you continue with your work. If you have some free time, try to hook up with some wellness clinics around the area and get a massage. Some massage techniques can help you relax and will leave you energized for work afterwards; while some can relieve you of your aches and pains so that you can proceed with your work without worries of annoying muscle cramps.
If massage isn’t your cup of tea – try a yoga or tai chi class. Learning safe and effective ways of stretching and moving to alleviate pain and discomfort can have lasting benefits. Perhaps join an exercise class or even invite a neighbor or friend to walk with you in the evenings a few times a week. Get creative with your preventative self-care! Just don’t skip or dismiss it – taking care of your emotional well being is highly correlated to your physical well being.
Stress management at your workplace will not only help your body and mind cope with the problems at work, but will also help you in maintaining the productivity that your growing career needs.
You are your greatest investment!
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