7 Simple Strategies to Combat Work Related Stress

September 30, 2014 by  

Even those who have discovered and secured their dream job are not immune to work-related stress from time to time. It is simply a fact of life that not everything goes as planned!
There are ways, however, in which one can minimize the impact that daily, or occasional, stress has on their work day and that is what we are going to be looking at here. Management of stress at work is not just critical to your success, but also your health and peace of mind.

Here are some easy to implement strategies that you can start trying today:
1. Make sure you communicate effectively with your colleagues.
If colleagues are triggering your stress, ask yourself, Why? There is a good chance neither of you are employing effective communication skills.
Put yourself in their shoes to better figure out their perspective.
Pay attention to their needs and see if they can be met. If you are able to do that, a source of conflict is removed and the stress linked to it as well.
Better communication and understanding of your colleagues could result in higher productivity. If they feel you understand them, they are more likely to respond positively to your requests.

2. Maintain a positive frame of mind.
A positive attitude, even in the face of the most impossible work-related hurdles, generally seems to ensure a successful outcome.
It can be hard to change negative thoughts and feelings, especially if you hate your job; but are you doing anything to improve the situation?
When you adopt a positive attitude, it will be easier to maintain the drive necessary to overcome problems at work.
It is quite possible that everything at work is not as bad as you think! Concentrate on the things that are going right, be more patient in your dealings with others, and this will reduce your stress and enhance your overall job fulfillment.

3. Ensure that your relationship with your job is healthy.
If you are really dedicated to your job, you may start to lose yourself in it. You may even start to feel as if your job has become your whole life. No wonder you are stressed out! In these circumstances, it is best to take a step back and concentrate on taking care of yourself.
Take frequent breaks and take pleasure in something that is not work-related when you are not working.
void working overtime or taking work home with you. For those working from home, lock your work in your desk drawer, get out of your office and promise yourself that you won’t go back in until the next morning. On the rare occasion that it may cause you less stress if you do not finish a project due to the time line, make an exception and do what is necessary. However, if this seems to be a regular occurrence, you may want to strengthen your time management skills.
Take care of your body by exercising, eating nutritious foods, and getting sufficient sleep. While that sounds simple, sometimes we actually need to make an effort to follow some healthy practices on a regular basis.

4. Accept that everyone is human.
Many of us have a desire for perfection and the uncertainty of whether we can achieve it in this task or the next is an automatic stress inducer! The fact is; everyone makes mistakes, you, your coworkers, and your clients.
Trust that others will complete the job well. You and your team can continue to produce quality work, even with an occasional mistake.
If you remain flexible, you will be less stressed. Mistakes are opportunities to learn!

5.Appreciate other points of view.
When you know where someone is coming from, you will be better able to understand the situation without stress. For example, if you can understand your manager’s expectations, you can take action to meet them, or you can offer your own more realistic expectations.

6. Get organized.
Organization can be a key factor for job stress relief.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     If your workplace is disorganized, it can also cause disorganization in your mind. Your thoughts may become scattered and you will be less likely to think clearly, causing poor judgment, errors and inefficiency.

7. Be accountable.
Assuming responsibility for your actions can be a huge stress reducer.
When you keep yourself accountable, there is no reason for lies, excuses or other stressors.

Learning to effectively reduce stress at work will take a some practice, however the results are well worth the effort. Follow these stress reducing strategies daily and soon you will find less and less situations which cause you stress. Stress is very individual and is different things to different people. Recognizing your triggers can help you to find strategies to reduce them. In the end, the only element we truly have control over is our attitude, makes your positive and you will have less stress in all aspects of your life!


One Response to “7 Simple Strategies to Combat Work Related Stress”

  1. stress on April 4th, 2015 8:01 am

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Well written!

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