I think we can all agree that there has been a point in time when you’ve suffered from work related stressed. While some stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and impact your physical and emotional health. Ultimately your ability to handle stress can result in your success or your failure.
Now we know you can’t control everything in your work environment, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless—even when you’re stuck in a difficult situation. Finding ways to manage workplace stress isn’t about making huge changes or rethinking your entire career, but rather about focusing on the one thing that’s always within your control – YOU!
Emotions are contagious, and stress has an impact on the quality of your interactions with others. The better you are at managing your own stress, the more you'll positively affect those you interact with on a regular basis. Having positive people around you means that you’ll more than likely catch the positivity bug too.
Here are a few tips to help you get through the work week…
Tip 1: Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs
When you feel overwhelmed at work, you lose confidence and may become irritable or even distracted. This can make you less productive and make the work seem less rewarding. Being overwhelmed is not something we recommend simply ignoring. If you ignore the warning signs of work stress, they can lead to bigger problems. Beyond interfering with job performance and satisfaction, chronic or intense stress can lead to serious health issues.
Tip 2: Take Care of Yourself at Home
Stress at work can interfere with your ability to perform in your job, and when things seem uncontrollable at work take control of your personal life. Start by paying attention to your physical and emotional health. When your own needs are taken care of, you’re stronger and more resilient to stress. The better you feel the less stressed you will be.
We’re not telling you to suddenly become vegan or make a huge lifestyle change. Take things one step at a time, and as you make more positive lifestyle choices, you’ll soon notice a reduction in your stress levels, both at home and at work.
Tip 3: Get Organized
When job and workplace stress threatens your well-being, there are simple steps you can take to regain control over yourself. Your newfound ability to maintain a sense of self-control in stressful situations will often be well-received by coworkers and managers which can lead to better relationships at work. Here are some suggestions for reducing job stress by prioritizing and organizing your responsibilities. Try little things like, leaving earlier in the morning, planning regular breaks throughout the day, creating a daily schedule/checklist or be willing to compromise more when making decisions.
Tip 4: Improve Your Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage and use your emotions in positive and constructive ways. Emotional intelligence is broken down into self- awareness, self- management, social awareness and relationship management. Emotional intelligence is about communicating with others in ways that draw people to you, overcome differences, repair wounded feelings, and defuse tension and stress. It will help you better relationships, recognize non-verbal cues and resolve conflict quickly.
Tip 5: Break Bad Habits
The fact is that sometimes we can cause ourselves to become stressed out over the smallest things! We make things worse with negative thoughts and behaviors however if you can turn around these self-defeating habits, you’ll find stress easier to handle. Here are a few things to remember:
- You’re Not Perfect! No project, situation, or decision is ever perfect, so trying to attain perfection on everything will simply add unnecessary stress to your day. When you set unrealistic goals for yourself, you’re only setting yourself up to fall short. Simply strive to do your best, that’s all anyone can ever ask from you.
- Fix It! If you’re always running late, set your clocks and watches fast and give yourself extra time to get someplace. If your desk is a huge mess, take some time to file and throw away the clutter. Make to-do lists and cross off items as you accomplish them. Plan your day and stick to the schedule—you’ll feel less overwhelmed and more accomplished.
- Don’t Be a Debbie- Downer If you see the downside of every situation and interaction, you’ll find yourself drained of energy. Negative thinking about an upcoming project can cause you to be less motivated and make you procrastinate on getting things done. Try to think positively about your work and don’t forget to pat yourself on the back when you accomplish things. While working on something challenging, avoid negative co-workers… again, stress is contagious and their negative thinking will ultimately affect you too.
- You Can’t Control Everything. Many things at work are beyond our control—especially how other people behave. Rather than stressing out over what they’re doing, focus on the things you can control like the way you choose to react to difficult situations.
One of the best things we can suggest is for you to try Relaxiva® from Difass USA. Relaxiva® is an all-natural stress aid that will help you manage stress throughout the day. It’s a small change to your daily routine, but it can make a lasting impact on your life and well-being.