Managing Stress At Work
One of the most common sources of stress is work.
Is your boss always bearing down on you for that upcoming deadline? Is office competition constantly pressuring you to push yourself to the limit every time? Do you often find yourself toiling hard into the night, way past your shift, because of the deadline?
If your answered a resounding 'yes' to these questions, you might want to step back and take a break. Stress is a potential killer but it can be managed at its early stage.
There are two sources of stress: internal and external. In the workplace, stress is induced by job dissatisfaction, conflicts with co-employees or employers, or defects in outputs leading to low production volumes.
When under stress, your tendency is to lash out or blame other people because of your inadequacy to meet the standards set by your office or yourself. This is normal. However, effective stress management teaches you not to let things get to you.
Sure, you can express frustration and even anger over a certain situation, but do not help to dwell on it for a long period. Recognize that negative events are simply challenges that will definitely pass over time.
You can manage stress at work when you shift your perception about what you do. Those who complain that work is taking a toll on their lives are those who view as it as such -- work. The word itself connotes struggle and exertion of effort. Try to see the positive side of your job. It will do wonders in your daily attitude towards it.
Don't live to work. Daily tasks become routines. However, always think that you have complete control on how you can spice up your day. Some examples are listening to different kinds of music during your morning drives, talking short walks during breaks, and taking a different route on your way to the office.
In short, you can manage work stress by injecting something new into your daily schedule. You will be surprised at how a simple phone call to say 'hi' to a friend or an e-mail can do wonders to your mood.
Take note that the best way to manage stress is to relax. Weed out all the negative energy and surround yourself with people and things that will bring out the best in you.
If you have a colleague who constantly complains about his work schedule or his salary, stay away and explore other friendships. This is not to say that you should abandon this person completely. It's just that immersing yourself in a more delightful environment will help you more.
In addition, you might want to cut back on your caffeine intake. If the nature of your work is not stressful, then look at what you are doing to yourself to determine the root cause of the stress. Your body could just be reacting negatively to what you take in that's why you're feeling agitated. Caffeine and spicy foods can do this to your body.
If your computer is hooked up to the Internet, you can try web sites that showcase games relieve stress. Eliminate all your frustrations by creating an online journal or a blog.
There is a multitude of things you can do to manage stress. Leave today's worries behind and deal with them tomorrow. More importantly, do it one at a time.