While it is normal to have some stress at work, if you experience too much workplace stress, it can interfere with not only how productive you are but also with your overall physical and mental health. There have been several studies done regarding workplace stress and the statistics are noteworthy. One study done by Yale University shows that 29% of people felt extremely stressed at work while a Princeton Survey Research Associates report shows that 75% of employees think that there is more stress on the job today than a generation ago. However, there are some things you can do to help make things a bit easier at work.
How to Control Stress at Work
Start your morning off right– You really can’t expect to have a good day at work if you don’t start your morning off on the right foot. It is important that you start the morning with a healthy breakfast and a positive attitude.
Avoid conflict– It is a fact that workplace conflict takes a toll on not only your physical health but your emotional health as well. You need to stay away from conflict as much as you can at work. This means no gossiping with other co-workers and don’t share detailed personal opinions on things like politics and religion. Stay away from negative people at work and surround yourself with those who have a positive attitude.
Keep organized– By planning ahead so that you are organized, you can easily decrease the amount of stress you have at work. The more organized you are at work; the less rushing around you will have to do at the end of the day. Try working with a clutter-free desk and being more efficient with your work as well.
Avoid multi-tasking– While you may think that multi-tasking is a great way to get more done, you may discover that your speed and accuracy suffers in the meantime. You want to focus on one task at a time.
Get away at lunchtime– During your lunch break, get out of the office. Try taking a walk outside to get some fresh air and clear your head. This will not only help you get in shape but will improve your mood as well.
I must admit I am guilty of not following some of these. For example I can’t help but multi-task it just seems to be in my nature. I have noticed however that if I try to multi-task too much I feel like I get nothing done. I also rarely get away for lunch, and here in South Florida stepping out to get fresh air means coming back in with sweat rings on your shirt. However I have to agree that if you can take a break now and then and try to follow the majority of these rules it is sure to alleviate some of your stress. Good Luck!