5 Ways To Successfully Combat Work Stress
Written by: Justin Cowart
For those of us who have ever worked a fulltime job, stress in the workplace is a common problem. Maybe your boss often asks you to do something and you forget, or co-workers are constantly starting drama, or you have to force yourself to wake up every day for a job you do not enjoy – stress manages to find it’s way into your life.
Stress is a state of emotional or mental tension or strain that is a result from very demanding or adverse circumstances.
Workplace stress causes an estimated $300 billion annually for American companies, according to the American Psychological Association. A survey performed by the American Psychological Association shows that more than ⅓ of workers in America suffer from chronic work stress. This has had a serious effect on our overall quality of life, both at the office and at home.
So the question is, “What can you do to ease workplace stress so that you can better enjoy your life?”
There is a variety of ways to relieve stress, but this article is going to focus on workplace stress relief. You need to remember that no one is invincible. You cannot just suppress your stress to try and make it go away… it doesn’t work that way.
When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones that can have adverse effects on your body, mind and spirit. This can lead to depression, anxiety and irritability, all of which make life even more stressful.
5 Ways To Relieve Workplace Stress
1. Avoid Interruptions. This will probably be a difficult task for many people, but German researchers have discovered that paying attention to interruptions instead of staying focused can lead to stress.
“Workflow interruptions had detrimental effects on satisfaction with one’s own performance, the forgetting of intentions and irritation,” they explained.
If you do get interrupted, do not let it get to you. A suggested method is to write a reminder about where and what you were focused on before the interruption. This will allow you to get right back to the task at hand.
2. Spend Time Outdoors. Research has shown time and time again that getting out into nature can boost creativity, focus and overall mental health, while also reducing depression and anxiety. The next time you get off work, just swing by your local park or go for a walk in the woods and let nature help.
3. Organize, Organize, Organize. A research conducted at UCLA has found that looking at clutter can lead your body to produce more stress hormones. Keep your workspace clean, or cubicle or welding-hut… wherever you work, keep it clean.
Christine Carter, UC Berkeley sociologist, told CNN, “We know from research that little acts of neatness cascade into larger acts of organization.” An easy way to stay organized is to put things back from where you get them and to clean up as you go.
4. Exercise! This is one of the best ways to improve mental and physical health. Adding exercise to your daily routine can help relieve stress. A study in 2013 showed that forcing yourself to work out, even if you feel fatigued or depressed, can boost your mood. Even if it’s just side-straddle-hops or crunches, having a daily workout routine is an amazing way to relieve stress and improve your outlook.
5. Start Managing Your Time. It is easy to feel overwhelmed at times. An effective way to combat this is to manage your time properly. Try dividing your day into groups of hours in which you focus on a certain task during each time frame. Remember to provide time for relaxing and to just let stress fall away.
Stress is a part of everyday life and you must both face and conquer it in order to live happy. Another suggestion is that if you are working a job that you do not enjoy, try finding one that you will, if you can. There is no reason to make a career out of a job that you do not love.
Do you have any additional tips for how you keep your stress levels down at work? Feel free to share with us in the comments below, we love to hear from you!
Justin Cowart is a writer and researcher that loves to learn more about health, life, consciousness and making the world a better place. He loves music, traveling, meditation, video games and spending time with family and friends. He believes in baby steps and lifestyle changes in order to live a full life. In 2014, he lost around 40lbs from baby steps and emotional detoxing.
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