According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, 29 to 40% of Americans report being “extremely stressed at work.” Do you feel like you could be a part of that percentage? Studies show that stress can lead to a myriad of other health-related issues like depression, getting more colds and flu’s, and even some more serious conditions like heart disease and metabolic syndrome. It’s important to know how to deal with stress so you can manage it. Here are some ways you can handle work-related stress.
You do not want your desk to look like your brain, cluttered, right? If you start with organizing externally, this can help you organize internally. Keep a calendar of important dates so you are always able to plan. Make a list every day of things you need to do, and cross off each task as you finish them one at a time. You may find your work duties to be less overwhelming. Be careful about multitasking, it can help you get things done faster, but it may do more harm than good.
Create a Relaxation Technique
Have you ever heard the phrase, “just breathe and count to 10?” well maybe it’s not just a cliche. Find a way to calm yourself down when you’re feeling overwhelmed. You could take a walk, stretch in your office, listen to music or even stash some chocolate in your desk. Find that thing that gives you a short break from the stress of work.
Make Yourself Comfortable
Do what you can to make your workplace comfortable. Even something as small as an uncomfortable chair can add on to your stress. If it gets cold in your office, don’t be afraid to bring a blanket. If it’s really loud in your workplace, wear some ear buds. Fixing even the smallest things can help your stress in a big way.
Always remember that you aren’t perfect, and your job isn’t going to be perfect. Nothing is. Sometimes you have to make it past stressful days to get to the good ones. TPI Staffing Service tries to take the stress out of applying for a job to make the application process smooth, stress free, and free-of-charge. Remember to practice these tips when you are feeling stressed about work.