As summer vacations become a distant memory and the holidays near, it’s inevitable that our schedules are going to become a little more hectic. While a certain amount of stress is inevitable, the fact is stress is toxic to the body. The American Psychological Association says that stress can result in headaches, muscle tension, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, insomnia, anxiety, lack of motivation, lack of focus, irritability, depression, and the list goes on.
The following are some useful tips that can help you reduce stress in the workplace, and limit the time it does occur.
Managing work time effectively is a sure way to help you prioritize and get projects done at a reasonable time, which can drastically lower your work stress levels. Create a balanced schedule between work and your family/personal life. Also, don’t over-commit to doing too much and scheduling more than you can handle. Planning regular breaks helps to break the monotony and come back feeling recharged.
Control your Emotions
Even if you’re in a job where the environment is stressful, you can retain your own inner calm through your “emotional intelligence” says HelpGuide.org. “Emotional intelligence is about communicating with others in ways that draw people to you, overcome differences, repair wounded feelings, and defuse tension and stress.”
Emotional intelligence in the workplace has four major components:
- Self-awareness – The ability to recognize your emotions and their impact while using gut feelings to guide your decisions.
- Self-management – The ability to control your emotions and behavior and adapt to changing circumstances.
- Social awareness – The ability to sense, understand, and react to other’s emotions and feel comfortable socially.
- Relationship management – The ability to inspire, influence, and connect to others and manage conflict.
One sure way to dispel unwanted stress is to step outside and go for a quick walk, or even a jog. You can eat lunch at your desk and spend your lunch break at the gym or outside jogging.
Laughing doesn’t mean you don’t confront challenges seriously, it means that you can smile at a task and meet it with lightness, rather than being overly serious or stressed. If you can get somebody else in on the joke, all the better.