Tips to deal with stress at the workplace.
When it comes to managing stress, the first step is to be able to recognise it. The second is to understand that it is your perception of a situation that determines your experience of it. Here’s how to deal with workplace stress:
Learn to say ‘no’: Contrary to common belief, being assertive is not a personality trait but a learnt skill that can be acquired gradually by making a conscious effort. Reach out and communicate with your bosses so they are aware of the work you’re doing and the difficulties you might be facing.
Prioritise your work: Delegate responsibilities, identify time-wasters and prioritise tasks in terms of importance, not urgency.
Take regular breaks: Stop for five minutes every hour and drink water or juice instead of coffee. Don’t step out for a smoke. Move away from your desk, talk to others. Also take time off from work and plan vacations to relax and spend time with family.
Avoid multitasking: This only adds to stress since you are switching on and off from various tasks thus increasing chances of errors. Focus on a single task and do it well
Give importance to relationships: Investing in and cultivating relationships at work can add to your motivation and help relieve bottled-up emotions. At home, quality time with family is a must. Know when to switch off those smartphones and laptops and maintain clear work-family boundaries.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle: A well-balanced diet with regular timely meals helps keep you physically healthy. Regardless of pressure or deadlines, lunch on your desk while working is not good. A minimum of seven hours of restful sleep will help you feel fresh and rejuvenated. Physical exercise for at least 30 minutes a day is a must. Meditation and deep muscle relaxation may also be useful.
Get some ‘me time‘: Make yourself the priority; do the things you enjoy.