How to Beat Stress at Work?

February 26, 2018

The page is taking forever to load.
A mail was sent to the wrong client.
The laptop keeps hanging.
The phone just doesn’t stop ringing.
More than 10 reports are stacked in line for reviewing.
The boss is breathing down your neck.

Enough reasons to be stressed?

Everyone will agree to the fact that stress is a part and parcel of professional life. New responsibilities, a very important project or too much work at the same time can make you feel frantic and pressurized. However, surprisingly, stress in moderate amounts can also be considered stimulating. But too much of it can affect your productivity, not to forget the negative impact on your physical and mental health.

Managing stress is very important for your personal well-being and to stay motivated at work. Watching a cat video or laughing at a meme can be a temporary stress buster, but follow these tips if you want to control it once and for all

Plan well, prioritize better

One of the most common factors causing stress in working professionals is when they have too much work to complete in too less a time. It could be that five different things need your attention in the next five minutes; you have no idea what to do in such a situation, and you eventually stress out. 

Take a deep breath, relax and then plan out and prioritize on what’s important. You can ask your manager/boss about the most important task that needs to be done first. Be happy that you are considered responsible enough to be given various tasks, but don’t get bogged down by it. Take it one at a time.

Make some free time

You will always have a new message in your inbox or another report to make, but that does not mean you sit in front of your computer eight hours at a stretch. First and foremost, it’s not healthy. Secondly, your productivity tends to decrease if you don’t take breaks. 

Take small breaks in between work. Have a light conversation with a colleague, or call up a friend. Go outside the office building to buy a snack or go yourself to get a photocopy done instead of sending someone else. Stop on the way to admire a flower or a bird - anything that that diverts your mind, makes you feel good and helps you de-stress.

Watch what you’re eating

 Gulping down cups of coffee, smoking, reaching into a bag of chips or chugging down aerated drinks will not help reduce stress in any way. Instead, these will level up your anxiety, causing you to stress out more.

What you eat affects how you feel. So replace the aerated and fizzy drinks with water or juice. And if it is absolutely necessary for you to munch on something, chomp on a granola bar or dry fruits instead of fried potato chips. A healthy diet will keep you fit both physically and mentally.

Have an escape route

Feeling stressed? Just close your eyes for a minute and think of a time when you were particularly happy and relaxed. Keep that image in your mind for a minute and you’ll see yourself start to feel better. 

Keep a picture of your family and loved ones on your desk to look at when you are feeling stressed. A photograph of yourself backpacking in the mountains or snorkeling in the deep sea will also do the trick.

Don’t try to be a superhero

You may love Batman and Ironman, but you must know that you are not one! Don’t take up too many projects at the same time and commit to get them done in deadlines that you yourself know are impossible to meet. You will no doubt stress yourself unnecessarily, but you’ll also lose dependability at work.

Share the responsibilities and try to delegate the work for some projects to others if there’s an urgency. Remember - “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

Take adequate rest

Your body needs rest, meaning you need to sleep for at least eight hours at night. When you get enough rest, the stress levels will decrease. This way, you will be ready to take on the challenges at work the next day with composure and ease.

Also, when you get up in the morning, the first thing should not be to check your phone for emails and messages from work. That’s like starting the new day with stress. Instead, look out of the window to enjoy the beauty of the day. That’s how you actually feel alive! 

Exercise

Exercise is not only meant for burning calories, it is known to be helpful in burning off anxiety and stress as well. So, the next time you think that spending an hour working on a report is better than going for a jog in the neighbourhood, change your mind!

Devote some amount of time from your daily routine for exercising. Join a gym with a friend. If you are not a gym person, you can also get enrolled in a Zumba or Yoga class. You will surely notice the positive effect soon enough.

Go easy on yourself

Often, the reason for your stress is you yourself. You set targets for yourself which you think will help you with a promotion, higher salary and recognition. And if you fail to reach the target within the estimated deadline, the result is stress and depression.

“Enjoy the successes that you have and don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t do well. Too many times we beat up on ourselves. Just relax and enjoy it.”

Remember that there’s a right time for everything and you need to wait for it. In the meantime, work sincerely, but don’t forget to smile and enjoy what you’re doing.

It is okay to get stressed out at work, you are only human! But you need to know how to manage the same. Follow these simple tips to gain control and enjoy your work life. Download the interviewfox app today and get the job you’ll love to have!