April is popularly known as a stress awareness month. It is your reminder to avoid or manage stress. While stress and anxiety may be a part of your work life, there are many things that you can do to relieve this tension.
Stress is something you may face day in and day out. The main thing to remember here is being exposed to stress for a prolonged time can be detrimental to your mental health and well being. So, this stress awareness month, make sure you use these four tips for you to tackle stress at workplace.
Identify And Keep Track
Stress at workplace is natural. There’s a lot to do, and it is possible that everything can get overwhelming. However, you must take steps to lower your stress levels. One of the ways to do it is by identifying and tracking the root causes of stress at your workplace. Once you know what is stressing you out, you can explore various ways to reduce your exposure to that stressor.
Keep track of what is stressing you. Maintain a journal of the situations or things that have stressed you out over a while. Record things like:
- How do you feel about the situation?
- What do you think about the situation?
- What caused this entire incident?
Jotting down this information will help you identify patterns. Once you understand these patterns, you can develop an action plan to build your resilience against these stressors.
Speak About Everything Stressful
If you feel stressed at workplace because you have more work than you can handle or things are getting too much, it is time to bring it to the attention of your manager or an authority. It is vital as they can help you resolve any issues. Here’s how they can help you if you speak about it:
- They will help you improve your workplace wellbeing keeping your best interests in mind.
- They will help you prioritise tasks and delegate some of your responsibilities to ease your workload
- They will help you fulfil the role of your goal to the best of your abilities.
Many organisations or workplaces have a policy or program to ensure employees have a healthy work life balance. Hence, do not pull yourself back from telling your manager or authority if something regarding work or the workplace is stressing you out.
Keep Yourself Organised
You can reduce your stress at workplace by planning ahead of time. If you can keep the other aspects of your life organised, it can directly or indirectly impact how stressed you feel in the workplace. You can use simple steps like organising everything you need in the morning or at night. It can help you avoid rushing to work in the morning. Try using simple steps like this and stay consistent to be productive and efficient at the workplace.
If you feel stressed even after organising or using these smaller steps, speak about it and keep track of it. Do hold yourself back from expressing any such concerns.
Hit The Right Balance Between Work And Life
Balancing your career and personal life may not always be easy. However, there are a few things you can take to achieve a work life balance. Try to know your employer’s stance on flexible working hours and working from home. Learn to say no and focus on your priorities to avoid stress at workplace. Value your time and communicate with your employer about your commitments to gain their support when you need assistance or flexibility in your schedule.