The Art of Managing Stress at Work
A workplace is like a learning ground for employees as it offers different experiences, both positive and negative, and teaches you how to deal with situations. Positive news is always welcome, but what if you begin to feel under-appreciated and dejected at work? Reasons like the lack of support from managers, bullying or the extra burden of work, coupled with the rising expectations, can lead to stress. Not every employee has the knack of working all day long in a stressful work environment and coming out as fresh as a daisy, which is why it is necessary for you to learn the art of stress management. 

Did you know that stress at work can raise the risk of diabetes by 45%? A study by study Munich-based Institute of Epidemiology shows that one among five employees in the UK is affected by high-level office stress. Stress can cause illness, heart problems, amputation, stroke and diabetes. And as per statistics, the number of diabetics can rise and reach a whopping four million by 2025. The CDC National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health also states that the number of stressed employees in the US ranges between 29% and 40%. Alarming, isn’t it? So, now you know why dealing with stress is important. Let us take a look the different ways of how you can manage stress and anxiety at work. 

Begin Your Day on the Right Note
If you are already stressed when you leave home for work, you will end up reaching office in an anxious state of mind and are likely to be more reactive to negativity at work. Make sure you start your day on a positive note and are composed by the time you reach office. A lot of stress control depends on time management so wake up early and plan your day to boost productivity. This way you will beat the traffic and won’t gulp down your coffee in a hurry. The more organized you are the lesser you rush. The key is to enjoy each moment and de-clutter to improve efficiency. Start your day with exercise, nutritious breakfast and quality time with your family. This should hopefully help you roll off part of the workplace stress more easily. 

Know What You Want and What you Require
It always helps to be organized. But before that comes awareness. Are you clear on the requirements that will see you through the day? Unclear requirements and lack of planning are major factors causing job burnout. Stress gets aggravated when you don’t understand what is expected of you, when you are not informed of the changes in the requirements or when the demands begin to vary more frequently with little or no notice. Don’t fall for the trap of not knowing what and how much is expected of you. Talk to your manager, set realistic goals and think of strategies to achieve these goals. This will help relieve stress for both you and your boss. 

Stay Away From Workplace Conflict
Negativity is one of the major factors leading to stress. Interpersonal conflict can take a toll on your mental as well as physical health. Being part of a team, you should maintain decorum and look for ways to avoid any sort of conflict with your co-workers. While this may be difficult at times, you should try not to gossip or should avoid giving personal opinions on sensitive subjects like religion. If the reason of conflict stems from the discomfort of someone else, then you ought to avoid these colleagues as they are not good at working in groups and don’t gel well with others. 

Comfort Comes First
Surprisingly, physical discomfort at work is also a contributing factor to stress. If you’re uncomfortable in the chair that you sit on for the entire day, you won’t be able to focus. Not only that, the sore back and pain will make you more receptive to stress. Even small distractions like noise can be distracting and may cause frustration. If you want to restrict unnecessary interference, request for a quiet and comfortable workspace. 

Do Not Decrease Your Efficiency by Multitasking 
It is true that multitasking was once considered a great way to optimize the time available. However, people today have realized that answering a phone and simultaneously making calculations affects speed and quality of work. So make sure you don’t divide your attention and focus on finishing one thing at a time. 

Take Frequent Breaks
The sedentary lifestyle of people can make them lethargic and stressed. To combat this, take a stroll after lunch and keep excusing yourself for short coffee breaks during the day for rejuvenation. It helps you blow off the steam and lifts your mood. 

Control the Urge to be a Perfectionist 
It is good to be an achiever and excel at work. But taking perfectionism too seriously can boomerang sometimes. Try to keep perfectionism under check because if you don’t, the absence of it can drive you crazy. A fast-paced job may not always allow you to devote quality time to every single task. Instead, you should set achievable goals and strive to achieve them. Congratulate and treat yourself upon the completion of important tasks. This method ensures a stress-free procedure towards the accomplishment of goals. You won’t stress about small errors and won’t be dropping things off out of stress. 

Turn on the Music on Your Way Back Home
Leave the office on time to feel good. Listening to your favorite music tracks has several benefits. It is an effective way to unwind after a long day and helps you de-stress, making the drive a pleasant journey. So the stress of work goes out of the window and you are refreshed when you reach home. You can then sit down and calmly interact with the most important people in your life. A good work-life balance helps keep stress at bay. 

Author Bio;
The Art of Managing Stress at Work
Devika Arora is a professional writer who has been writing articles and blogs with a special focus on career development and job search. She is currently working with a popular job search portal that addresses the employment needs of young professionals.

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