Tips to handle pressure at the workplace
Everyone who has ever worked in a job has most certainly felt the pressure of a stressful work environment. All jobs have stressful elements, irrespective of how much ever you may love your work! Short-term stresses can be experienced from the pressures to cater to deadlines or fulfilling challenging obligations. But when stress from work becomes chronic, there’s a high risk of it being harmful to both your physical and emotional health.
You will not always be able to avoid the tensions and stresses that occur on your job but you can, however, take the following steps to manage your way through the work-related stress: -
Tracking your stressors is a must!
Keeping a journal for even a week or two will help you in identifying which are the situations that are most stressful and how you have been reacting (hopefully responding) to them. Recording these reactions, thoughts, feelings and most importantly the circumstances and environment will help you chart a way to respond in the best way possible. Productive and proactive responses indefinitely reduce stress!
Establishing boundaries is more important than you may think
In today's progressing digital world, it is more than natural to feel the pressure of being available 24 hours a day. Establishing work-life boundaries is crucial to stay away from mental fatigue. That doesn’t just mean not to check your work e-mails or not answering calls while having dinner but also respecting the boundaries of you and your colleagues. Knowing the distinctions between colleagues, work friends and friends can sometimes be very important. Understanding the difference between these realms is sure to reduce potential work-life conflict and, of course, the stress accompanying it.
Take time out and recharge!
To avoid the harm associated with chronic stress and burnout, you must take the time out to replenish and reinvigorate; only to return with optimum health and mental conditioning to function at your peak. This is the time period to neither engage in work-related activities nor think about office or work. Don't ever let your vacations go to waste; they are an exceptional opportunity to recover and replenish your spirits.
Find your way to relax
Techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation and mindfulness can melt away your stress! You can begin by taking a few minutes out each day to focus on simple activities like walking, breathing or even enjoying a meal. The skill of focusing purposefully on a single task without getting distracted will only get stronger with time and practice. In time, you will realize that this can be applied to almost every aspect of your life!
Get some support
The health of employees is associated with productivity at work. What that means is that your boss has an incentive to foster a work environment that is healthy, work-friendly and promotes employee well-being. You may have an open conversation with your supervisor or immediate boss. This only intends to come up with effective plans for managing your stressors and not list out complaints, so that you are able to perform at your best. Or you may even seek help from trusted friends and your family members that can improve your ability to deal with stress.
If the stress at work continues to overwhelm you, you might want to talk to a therapist or a psychologist who is best equipped to help you better manage your stress and bring in the healthy behaviours and practices.