5 Easy Tricks to Conquer Stress at Work
By Helen Godfrey, MA, NCC, BCC, LPC
Do you feel stressed out at work? Deadlines, job insecurity, and dealing with a difficult co-worker or supervisor are some of the most common sources of stress in the workplace. Unfortunately, on-the-job stress can negatively affect your health, well-being, and relationships.
One well known study that investigates stress in the workplace is the seventh annual Labor Day poll by The Marlin Company, "Attitudes in the American Workplace VII." According to this study:
The good news is that regardless of the source of stress at your workplace, there are steps that you can take to defeat stress and feel more calm, centered, and in control when you are at work.
Try one of these easy tricks the next time you feel stressed out at work:
Are you feeling a bit frustrated with a difficult or time consuming task? By continuing to pour over this task without results, your frustration and stress levels simply continue to build. Instantly reduce your stress by changing gears.
Gain a new perspective on an old or complex issue by working on something else for a while. When you change tasks, your mind is forced to think differently, which is often the wellspring to finding creative solutions and renewed energy.
In addition to clearing your mind, switching tasks helps your body to lower your heart rate and stress-related hormone levels.
2.. Enjoy a mini mental vacation.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, tense, and stressed out from situations at work that you can’t control? Did your boss just ask you to do more with less, and do it more quickly? Maybe you just took a call from an angry customer. Regardless of the specific reason, you can feel the effects of the stress building in your body.
3. Get up and move. Just as changing tasks can help you change gears and gain greater perspective, moving around helps reduce your stress too.
4. Take care of your body, both on and off the clock. Exercising regularly, consuming healthy foods in moderate amounts, and getting enough sleep each night will help you deal more effectively with stressful situations at work.
5. Know your limits. Don’t be afraid to let your coworkers know that you aren’t a superhero. You can't do everything and no one should expect you to. Avoid letting others pressure you into over-committing. It’s better to help others understand that you have too much on your plate rather than promising something that you can’t deliver.
Even if you enjoy your job, work stress is still likely to be a regular occurrence. Practicing these strategies will help you release tension, defeat stress, and feel more capable at work.