Work can (sometimes) be fun, especially if you work with others. You can crack jokes, plan non-work related events together, and even help each other out when in a pinch. However, at the end of the day, there is always going to be stress at work. From the amount of work, to expectations, to pressures around money, work is reported to be one of the most stressful places for people. You can’t help it. This is just another huge responsibility for you in life. Having high amounts of stress can be physically and psychologically damaging to your health. Here are some tips you can take advantage of to help you cope and manage your work-related stress:
1. Don’t Procrastinate Everybody procrastinates, but for some it can become a very big problem. In most businesses the most stressful time of the month is the last week. This is the time when most calls have to be made, leads have to be followed up with, and numbers have to be met. Obviously the workers who put all these things to the last minute will be even more stressed than the rest. A trick you can use here is to take all the more difficult tasks and do them earlier in the day so you don’t have to worry about them during times where more meetings are usually scheduled.
2. Compartmentalize Focusing on work at every given moment can in fact become extremely unproductive. You have to take time for a refresher before getting back to work in order to avoid burnout or more procrastination. Most workers become stressed because they are bad at dividing the tasks they have to do throughout the day. Just make sure there is always a small break in between tasks, depending on importance of course. Take a few minutes to walk around, start up a small chat with a coworker, or even just stay at your desk and read an article or two. In this way your stress levels can be more easily managed.
3. Always Ask Questions Think of a company like a big team. It is in everyone’s best interest to help each other out because consequences are usually not specific to one person. It can be extremely beneficial for you, especially if you’re new to the company, to talk to coworkers that have been there for many years. You can gain insight and perhaps make some friends at the same time. All you have to do is not be shy and ask. From a managerial perspective, do your best to answer all questions. Also, try to follow up to make sure your advice isn’t falling on deaf ears. When sending emails, make them more positive or motivational instead of the same old bland style of writing. Your employees will definitely appreciate any confidence boosts you give them.
These are just a few tips that could help you get your head on straight at work and reduce those stress levels. Stress is so important to manage because it can literally be the end of you. Compromised immune system, anxiety, burnout, and depression are some of the many symptopms that arise out of not being able to handle stress in the workplace. Getting on top of it all can ultimately make you a better worker.