Workplace stress is something that many people experience in their jobs. Both external and internal stress can take a toll on your mental well being. Overtime, after being constantly exposed to these stresses day in and day out they can start to negatively impact your health, putting you at a greater risk of fatigue, illness and injury. Therefore, it’s important to recognize when you are experiencing stress in your workplace and to find ways to manage it to remain as healthy and happy as possible, so you can feel productive and fulfilled.
As was previously mentioned, workplace stress is caused by external and internal stressors. To help manage these pressures, it helps to know what they are so you can obtain a better idea of what may be specifically having a negative effect on you.
External stressors can include poor lighting, a noisy environment, complaining customers or co-workers, demanding bosses, uncomfortable chair, etc. Internal ones, on the other hand, are those that are self-created. Examples include feeling dissatisfied, incapable, irritable, unappreciated, etc. Hence, what goes on around you and your perceptions can create and worsen workplace stress.
What can you do to help relieve the problem? The following are some suggestions you can put to good use for managing workplace stress:
- Pay attention to exterior and interior irritants. Carefully analyze the atmosphere of your work place, as well as you inner thoughts and feelings when you think about the tasks you need to complete or when you are communicating with others. You can only fix a problem when you know what it is.
- When you are commuting to work, listen to music, a talk show a comedy, etc. You need to keep your thoughts on things that are uncomplicated and not related to work.
- Set daily goals for your job. When you have a plan that is realistic and achievable you are more likely to stick to it, and when you complete what you have set out to accomplish you will feel both satisfaction and success.
- Take breaks. While you may be inclined to work through your breaks to get more done, avoid doing this as you will only increase workplace stress. Take your break and distract your mind by taking a walk outside, reading or engaging in some other simple activity. This will help re-energize, refresh and de-stress you.
- Stay hydrated and don’t skip meals or snacks. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and avoid a steady diet of coffee or soda that can cause dehydration. Staying hydrated helps reduce fatigue, as does eating food, which helps give you energy.
Finally, one of the best ways to combat workplace stress is to not take your work home with you. Do what you can to relax and enjoy yourself when you are in the comfort of your own home and make sure to obtain proper rest.