3 Ways To Overcome Work Stress

Sources of stress at work include performance anxiety, squabbles with co-workers or disagreements with the boss. In fact, recent research has it that people in a bad job – faced with job insecurity, excessively high demands or heavy workload and unfair wage – were found to have a mental state similar to unemployed individuals. If you are constantly feeling stressed, it is time to start changing your job situation for the better. Here are 3 ways you can alleviate work stress:

Practise self-care

Job stress can make people sick. To reduce this tension, exercise self-care by eating (a low-sugar and high-protein diet) and sleeping well. To relax, engage in activities you enjoy like yoga, meeting with friends or watching TV. Should you need to talk to someone professionally, consider a psychologist or a therapist.

Adopt the SHIFT strategy

It has been said that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. When applied to this context, the saying implies that how we respond to what happens at work is far more important than what actually happens. Here is a 5-step approach that will prevent you from buckling under work pressure:

  • Stop and catch a breather: Taking a deep breath in between completing tasks will help calm you down. Harness your knee-jerk reactions: When something negative happens, some people cannot stop worrying. While there are those who withdraw from the situation, others get defensive and lash out. By getting help from family in pin-pointing your reactions when you are stressed, you can make a conscious effort to stop responding in the same way. Identify and manage your negative feelings: Set aside time to consider your emotions and think about what would help you get through any negative emotions. In this instance, listening to music or going for a walk can be quite therapeutic. Find alternatives: When considering other ways to respond, ask yourself these 3 questions: what has worked in the past? What would someone I admire do? What would an objective bystander advise me to do? Take one positive step: It helps to lighten up, look at the humour in the situation. If you feel overwhelmed with juggling various tasks, have a to-do list.

Be grateful & reconnect with what you love about your job

Embrace one thing that you are grateful for every day at work. Every time something good happens at work, make a mental note of it. At the end of each day, reflect on what a good day you had. To spread the cheer, treat your colleagues to a snack or share a joke. To stay driven in your job, it pays to constantly remind yourself why you got into this job in the 1st place. Ask yourself, “what is good about my job? How does my being in the workplace make a difference to my colleagues?” These two questions will help you see the meaning in what you do at work, enhance job satisfaction and ultimately alleviate work stress.

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