Anyone who has worked a job knows that stress is inevitable. Any type of job has some sort of stress element no matter how much you love doing what you do.
Work term stress can be a short-term thing when you are struggling to meet a deadline, but the problems start when it becomes chronic. This can harm both your emotional and physical wellbeing. Sadly, chronic stress is a common thing in the workplace today. Majority of stress-based issues arise from the workplace according to majority of the population.
While you can’t always avoid stress there are steps you can take to manage it instead.
Common Sources of Work Stress
Some of the most common stress inducers in a workplace are low salaries, deadlines, heavy workloads, lack of recognition, lack of social support, controlling upper management, conflicts.
Effects of Stress
Unfortunately work stress isn’t left at the office when you leave for the day. You bring it home with you and you can damage your family wellbeing as well.
Effects of a stressful office can lead to issues such as, headaches, stomach-aches short temper, brain fade, high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, sleep disturbances and even obesity. Much more serious issues like depression and heart diseases can also be induced due to stress.
To deal with this stress people resort to unhealthy habits like alcohol, smoking cigarettes and drugs.
How to Manage This Stress
1. Track Your Stressors
Using a journal try to track and note down the situations the create the most stress and also you react to such situations. Next to each situation journal your feelings, thoughts and detailed information about the environment and people involved.
Using a journal can help you find patterns and you can then avoid such situations in the future.
2. Cultivate Healthy Responses
When you get stressed instead of resorting to unhealthy things like drugs and alcohol, try to develop healthy coping mechanisms. Exercise is one of the best coping mechanisms when it comes to stress.
Try meditating, yoga, pumping some iron at the gym or some form of martial arts. Other types of hobbies like reading, playing an instrument or even playing games with your family can help. However, make sure that these games do not lead to conflict which will just add onto the stress.
A good night’s sleep is also essential to give your mind a rest.
3. Talk to Your Supervisor
Employee productivity is directly linked to employee health, so your boss has an incentive to ensure that your environment is stress free. Talk to your supervisor if you feel stressed and make use of the workplace health assessment services provided.
However,be careful not use these tools to complain about everything in the office but rather talk about what is bothering you specifically.
Managing stress is the only thing you can do when it comes to work tension. You can resort to medication if prescribed by a doctor but try manage it before you get to such a stage.