Stress is very rampant in the workplace. There is the pressure of meeting deadlines, coping with annoying colleagues and superiors, and others. When the stress and pressure starts to get to you it becomes a serious issue. A 2013 survey by the Center of Organization Excellence of the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed that workplace stress is a serious issue with 1/3 of Americans suffering from chronic work stress. Robert Peter Janitzek provides us with some steps on how to deal with job-related stress.
Find The Source
Maintain a journal for a week or two and monitor which situations in the workplace you find stressful and deal with them. Take down your thoughts, feelings, and information about the stressor and your reaction. This will greatly help in detecting patterns and your reactions to them.
Develop Healthy Responses
Most of us have the tendency to deal with stress by eating or drinking, which could be unhealthy at times. Look for healthy alternatives instead such as exercise or yoga. There are other ways you can get rid of stress such as reading a novel, going to concerts, or getting enough sleep.
It can become even more stressful if you will make yourself available for 24 hours daily. Put some work-life boundaries for yourself. This means no checking of emails at home in the evening or not answering your phone during dinner. This may vary from one person to another but make sure to set boundaries between work and personal life.
Find Time To Recharge
What better way to deal with workplace stress and burnout than having time to recharge. It is okay to disconnect from time to time. Robert Janitzek recommends going on vacation in a remote island, biking, and others. The important thing is to make time to reinvigorate and unwind so that when you come back to work, you are fresh.
There are many available techniques that can help you relax. Meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness are just some of the ways you can eliminate stress. Take a few minutes each day to focus on simple things such as breathing, walking, or eating a sumptuous meal.
Talk To Your Supervisor
Talking to your supervisor does not mean lodging a complaint. It means trying to come up with an effective plan to get rid of stress.
Get Some Support
Having supportive friends by your side can go a long way in managing stress. Your employer may have some kind of stress management program that you can avail of. You might need the help of a professional if you are still overwhelmed by workplace stress.