Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tips to Surviving Stress in the Workplace

By Guest Author Rashmi Singh

Work stress can act as a deadly weapon against your productivity and therefore, you need to tackle the situation as soon as possible. The following article will assist you to deal with stress at work.

You love your work profile and are always willing to work harder with an intention to achieve your targets on time. You are usually energized to go to work, however, lately you don’t feel the same. Are you going through work stress or don’t you love your job anymore? It’s most probably the former.

Work stress is a common phenomenon among professionals around the globe. There can be numerous reasons for work stress like long working hours, never-ending targets, heavy workloads, job insecurity or conflicts with colleagues or bosses, boring work, harassment, discrimination, and tight deadlines, among others.

Stress at work can certainly affect your work where gradually you will realize that your performance in the last few months has declined; you are losing focus, have increased your sick leave and absenteeism has become a routine. The entire abovementioned list is the symptoms of anxiety and stress at work. 

Work stress falls within three categories i.e., physical stress, psychological stress and behavioural stress. It is your responsibility to find the reasons behind your work stress or else there might be some serious consequences. Stress can hamper your productivity at the workplace and therefore, the earlier you find out the reasons the better. Your next step is to survive stress at work.

Get rid of the albatross around your neck

According to surveys an average business professional has 40 to 100 projects on their plate and they must also meet deadlines. An individual is interrupted seven to eight times an hour which is bound to affect their productivity. If you do not want to get kicked out of the organization then you ought to find a way to de-stress yourself. Some professionals tend to gain bad habits when in stress eg,  they get addicted to smoking or alcohol, make poor diet choices, and suffer sluggishness which may ultimately lead to an unsatisfactory lifestyle. Given that you are going through a tough phase, the following pointers will assist you to de-stress at work:
  1.  Know yourself - Make a list about yourself. Focus on how you want to work, how much you want to work and find reasons to keep yourself engrossed and happy. Avoid unhealthy habits like smoking, alcohol and poor diet.
  2.  Switch to energy mode - You are well aware of your daily routine. Every morning you need to get up and do the same work.  However, don’t push yourself. Take regular breaks, eat out, exercise and go out on weekends to party hard. This will reduce your stress level and gradually you will realize you are becoming less stressed.
  3. Hit the SNOOZE button - Research says having a good night’s sleep reduces your stress and will allow you to perform more efficiently. Therefore, if you are stressed due to work, hit the bed and get a good sleep.
  4.  Avoid Long Hours - We all know that one needs to stretch often ‘til late hours in the office in order to meet the deadlines and this also creates a good impression on your boss. However, this would affect your sleep, diet and health resulting in poor productivity. Therefore, when going through stressful periods, stick to office hours.
  5.  Don’t Panic – Professionals tend to panic under stressful circumstances and often end up making wrong decisions at their workplaces. You need to take a deep breath and relax.
The abovementioned pointers will certainly help you to cope with stress. One needs to deal with stress as soon as possible as it increases work engagement, you will be satisfied with your job, and your productivity will improve.

Author Bio:

The author is a professional writer who has written for a plethora of job related websites. She writes about the latest job industry trends and offers solutions to all career related queries.


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  2. Thanks for the share. All the points that you touched one are 100% true. Practicing resilience at work is truly the only way to deal with and maintain your stress levels. I know from a personal standpoint the ability to stay resilient through times of stress has enable me to become the successful salesman I am today


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