5 steps to manage stress at work
We all know how it feels to be stressed at work; looming deadlines, difficult relationships, high work load, management problems... the list goes on. It’s important to know how to manage stress to maintain a healthy well-being. We’ve put together 5 ways to deal with stress and stay positive at work:
1. Identify the problem
What are the main causes of your stress? This is imperative to understand if you are going to tackle the problem. Identifying the cause directly impacts the solution. Below are some examples of work-related stressors:
- Organisation culture
- Bad management practices
- Job content and demands
- Physical work environment
- Relationships at work
- Change management
- Lack of support
- Role conflict
2. Look after yourself
We know it’s easier said than done, especially with a hectic schedule, but taking some ‘me time’ is important. You’ve heard it a million times, but what can you do?
- Get enough sleep
- Work out
- Take a walk at lunch
- Keep a journal
- Socialise with friends and family
- Schedule time in your day when you don’t work
3. Stay positive
Try to have a positive outlook, especially when you wake up, this can set you up for the rest of the day. As opposed to looking at the negatives of a difficult work situation, look at the positives. What can you draw from it that can benefit you in the future? Learn from your mistakes and you can avoid stressful situations.
4. Be organised
Again, this is easier said than done, but being organised in your work life can really help. Taking control of your day can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, keep you on top of things and help to meet deadlines.
- Don’t multitask – Focus on a single task and manage time instead.
- Use a planner – Set yourself daily and weekly goals to keep on top of things.
- Don’t procrastinate – Try not to waste time by being distracted
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Ask your co-workers for advice or help!
- Clean up your desk – Tidy desk, tidy mind!
It can be helpful to practice your breathing, so when you’re faced with a difficult situation, you can feel more relaxed. Taking a few seconds to calm yourself and feel more composed can make a huge impact, especially in a conflict.
Your job should never cause you a harmful amount of stress. If you find yourself feeling the psychological or physical symptoms of stress, talk to your manager or HR department.