How To Deal with Symptoms of Work Stress

Statistics and surveys show that work-related pressures, such as deadlines, office politics and the possibility of being fired, are some of the leading causes of stress that many people experience today. Work stress, mental stress and occupational stress are painful realities, and the important thing is to know how to deal with them. That's where stress reducing tips come in. Here are some great tips that you could try out to combat the symptoms of work stress:

  1. Organize your work schedule. It's very important to take control of your time at the office. Not only would this maximize your efficiency, you would also avoid the added stress of wondering if you missed doing anything. One great technique of managing your office time would be to first list the things you need to accomplish that day, along with about how many hours or minutes you'd probably need to finish them. Then, plot this to an hourly time table. This may seem a little bit anal, admittedly, but then again an advantage to having an hourly plan is that you would be able to see in black-and-white the things that you need to do that day, plus you'd likely be able to schedule in some rest time as well. The key to remember here is good time management.
  2. Know when to say no. It may be very tempting to want to please everybody at the office, or you may be the type of person who would rather do tasks by yourself “to make sure that it's done right.” These may be borne of good intentions, but then again you're putting yourself in the danger of spreading yourself too thin. For your own good, say no to being a “yes man.”
  3. Clean up and decorate your space. A good and easy way to lessen office stress would be by decorating your office desk with things that can counter negative feelings. Start by clearing up the clutter from your desk (one of the biggest stress-inducers is a disorganized work table) and then assign a spot where you could place items that motivate you – some examples would be framed pictures of your loved ones, pictures of places that you would like to travel to, peaceful scenery from your past journeys. If your office allows it, maybe you could light up a scented candle or burn aromatherapy oils – lavender is a scent that is commonly used for relaxation. Other ideas include listening to relaxing music while at work, and posting clippings of your favorite cartoons at your office walls.
  4. Maintain a healthy life balance. To experience less stress at the office, it's very important that you allot time for yourself to recharge and rest. In other words, your life shouldn't just be your work. Find a hobby or any other outside occupation that would help you have experiences apart from your experiences at your occupation. Plus, thriving at some other context would help you look at life from another perspective and would lessen your work-related stress.
  5. Take care of your health. Taking care of your health is probably the best single thing you could do to counter the symptoms of work stress. By taking care of yourself, you'll best be able to handle the pressures at work, manage stress, and avoid illnesses. So be sure to eat healthful food, exercise regularly, and get adequate rest and sleep.

There you have it! The key here is to not dwell upon the symptoms or causes of stress, but to think of ways that you could effectively counter them. Good luck!


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