Anyone with a job knows the stress that it can be a huge source of stress. We spend about a third of our waking lives at the workplace – an amount of time so sizeable that it’s easy to become as emotionally invested in our lives and relationships at work as we are in those outside of it. We come into the job carrying the stress from our personal lives, and it mixes with the stress from work. On top of that, combine deadlines and high-pressure situations with a bad economy, and you have an incredibly stressful situation. Since workplace stress is such a prominent part of having a job, knowing how to effectively deal with it is incredibly important. But before you can start treating your stress, you need to learn how to diagnose it.
Recognizing the Signs of Stress
You may be suffering from stress if you find yourself exhibiting some or all of these tell-tale signs:
- Mood swings
- Feelings of anxiety or depression
- Sleep problems
- Excessive fatigue
- Recurring headaches
- Social withdrawal
If you catch yourself suffering from these or other signs of increasing stress levels, it’s important to act quickly to correct them.
Tips to Reducing Stress in the Workplace
Stress can permeate your life, and treating work-related stress often involves addressing the other aspects of your life, too. Take a deep breath and step back from the things that are causing you stress. Then consider following these anti-stress tips:
- Start eating right. When we’re under a lot of stress, we tend to reach for comfort food, which, for many of us, means unhealthy food. However, this can actually make you feel more tired, increasing your stress levels. Eating small meals throughout the day can encourage healthy blood sugar levels and increase overall happiness.
- Work out. Even if it’s as simple as going for a walk, exercise releases endorphins – the chemical that makes you feel happy. A healthy work-out schedule can greatly decrease stress levels.
- Leave earlier in the morning. While reducing stress by getting to work early may sound counter-intuitive, it can actually work. Fighting rush-hour traffic and fighting to get to work on time immediately creates an environment of stress.
- Identify a plan. When you are assigned new tasks, take a moment to identify a plan of attack before jumping in. Building a plan and sticking to it can greatly reduce the amount of stress generated from a rapidly approaching deadline.
Stress affects virtually every aspect of your life. Learning to take a step back and reduce your overall stress levels can have enormously positive repercussions on the rest of your life.
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