As we have experienced, stress in a workplace can become a major issue for our health and productivity. So often we live in a constant state of anxiety whilst thinking about work, that we lose focus to being present.
It is in these states where we get consumed in meeting deadlines, attending that meeting with your boss, finishing that project proposal, dealing with that colleague at work etc. that work becomes stressful. When consumed with worrying thoughts about what you have to face at work day after day is when our mental health gets affected. In order to relieve ourselves from the constant states of stress and anxiety we can learn to cope with it over time.
Here are a few ways on how to deal with stress at work.
- Plan your day and spread work throughout the day
Every day we only have a certain number of hours to spend on getting everything we want done. A lot of times, we get caught up in tasks when we should be getting on with another.
What happens then is we find excuses and circumstances out of your control to get annoyed over at to feel bad about what we have not achieved. The truth is, we haven’t given ourselves the time to plan our day and follow it so that we don’t need to stress over not having the time to get our work done.
It is normal to get sidetracked and not be able to finish all the tasks we want to accomplish in time, but at least we know what we have to do and hence do not stress over it.
- Seek help and don’t keep it all to yourself
Any time that we go through outburst of stress and issues at work, it is important to seek help. By doing so, we can relieve ourselves from potential harm to mental health and find a way to resolve what it is we are going through. We must ensure at all times, when things get too much to handle at work that we do not keep it all to ourselves. There is always help from family, friends or mental health support to help us manage stress, overload and time management.
- Make sure to take breaks
Whether you have the time or not, taking a break throughout your day is important for both productivity and mental health. We do not like to see breakdowns from overworking and finding yourself unable to continue working after. Taking long leave to assess your mental health is essential for your wellbeing.
If you do not give yourself proper rest to rest your mind throughout the day this overtime can result in accumulated stress. Taking breaks could be finding a quiet place to read a book, taking the time to go on a walk, spending quality time with a loved one, listening to the sound of nature or an online book.
- Challenge yourself to think through what you need to do before starting a task
So often, as I’m sure everyone has experienced – sometimes we find ourselves halfway through a task and have no idea what we are supposed to do. We rush off in panic that we have so much to do forgetting that we actually don’t know what we are doing. This is a common action that happens.
We then find all the fear, panic, stress and anxiety come up as we look at our clock to find we just wasted so much time. It is therefore helpful to come up with a plan or idea of how you will get there to complete a task before rushing into starting it.
- Make a promise to draw the line between work and family/life/home
Overall, there is time for everything in life. We have time for work, family, health, hobbies, home lifestyle things and stress occurs when this is out of balance. Spending too much time in one area of life gives us not much time for everything else and therefore we feel overloaded.
Therefore, so that we can still enjoy life without stressing over work commitments we must give ourselves the space to do things other than work. This will help alleviate stress and is a form of how to deal with stress at work that can impact our daily lives.