When you’re hustling to find assignments, strategizing to plan your workday, and pulling all-nighters to get projects completed and submitted on time, you could eventually run the risk of stress overload. Now, stress is a normal part of living. In fact, it can actually be positive. How? Consider, for instance, the boost of adrenaline you experience as a deadline nears and you turn things up a notch to submit a complex project on time and to exact specifications.
The problem is when you don’t, or can’t, manage your stress in the workplace whether you work from home, in a boutique retail outlet, or even at a small table in a local coffee shop. Stress causes both hormonal and physiological changes in the human body, and it can lead to, among other things, sleep pattern changes, heightened frequency of headaches, and even heightened levels of anger and frustration. And these problems won’t exactly help you do your work.
What follows is a look at why stress management in the workplace is so important — and what you can do to handle your stress and keep your cool in even the most challenging situations.
Importance of Stress Management at Work
Two of the most critical problems related to excessive stress in the workplace are mental health issues and physical health issues, and either of them could stifle your productivity.
Mental health issues like depression, personality disorders, and anxiety could materialize or worsen over the long term if you can’t manage your stress. One study says that depression tops the list in terms of health conditions that impact employers financially, and another study shows that depressed workers lose 27 days of work annually.
An excessive amount of stress can also lead to serious physical health problems. For instance, it can cause or exacerbate obesity, eating disorders, skin and hair issues like acne or eczema, and even gastrointestinal problems like irritable colon or gastritis.
How to Manage Stress at Work
So, what exactly can you do to properly manage workplace stress in a way that keeps you on top of your game? Here are some recommendations that will help you to do just that.
In this day and age where mobile devices and high-speed Internet access make it possible to be available on a round-the-clock basis, it can be easy to tire yourself out. This can be even more of an issue if you work from where you actually live since it can be hard to set boundaries. One solution could involve setting a deadline by which you shut down for the day, which means that you won’t check email, respond to instant messages, or even return phone calls related to work. If you can find the right work-life balance, you’ll find stress in the workplace to be manageable.
Recharge Internal Battery
All work and no play can make anyone a dull — and stressed — person. You need to find ways to recharge your internal battery. Whether that’s unplugging and reading a book, taking the occasional afternoon off to check out a new restaurant in town, or going on a road trip during a long weekend, you should find ways to refuel and re-energize in order to avoid burnout.
We all need time to decompress, and a moment of meditation is a simple way to collect our thoughts and ease our mind. Meditation also may help us become more mindful and appreciate those little details. You also can incorporate crystals or gems into meditation. Each gem is associated with different energies or properties.
Having a healthy body and mind will help you to handle stress in the workplace. Whether you want to get up early and hit the treadmill or you wish to go for a walk after lunch, you should make physical exercise a regular part of your routine. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins, which are chemicals that serve as painkillers, and they will make it easier for you to get a good night’s rest and to deal with stress. So, lace up your shoes and hit the pavement!
Whether you’re a freelance writer, a contract computer programer, the owner of a boutique shop, or a jack of all trades at a startup, you’ll need to learn to manage stress at work. By adopting these stress-management tips, you’ll be able deal with stressful situations.
About the Author:
Uma Campbell is a yoga instructor and freelance writer. She currently lives in Southern California. She enjoys writing about meditation, natural medicine, and design. Her interests include home decor, yoga, and running. She also really loves crafting She has her own line of home-made jewelry. She lives alone with her cat.
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