Stress in the workplace happens to everyone, even the most positive workers. While it may be unavoidable at certain times, it’s unhealthy to be chronically stressed at your job. Stress at work can negatively impact productivity and performance and can also affect your relationships at home.
Thankfully there are several ways to combat stress in the workplace so you can stay on track to succeed at your daily tasks and long-term career goals.
Turn to Co-workers for Support
Engage with your co-workers during downtime or lunch breaks to build connections that will not only be productive but also enjoyable. Whether you eat lunch together, decompress with an afternoon walk around the block, or even bounce ideas off of one another when times get stressful or demanding, building supportive relationships at the workplace can help conquer stress.
Lean on Your Friends & Family Members
One of the best ways to deal with stress in the workplace is to turn to your family members and friends outside of the office for conversation and support. You may decide to discuss workplace stress with them, but it can be even more beneficial to leave work issues behind and just enjoy each other’s company.
Make Time for Regular Exercise
Exercise that increases your heart rate and makes you sweat is proven to decrease stress, improve mood, and increase workplace productivity. Whenever you can fit 30 minutes of exercise into your day – whether it be morning, lunch break or evening – it will be beneficial to your health and your workplace dynamic. When stress is mounting at work, it can be helpful to take a brisk walk outside for a quick opportunity to regain some balance and composure before getting back to work.
Don’t Overcommit Yourself
If you have the tendency to always say ‘yes,’ or fill your day to the brim to stand out, it’s time to change. Avoid scheduling back-to-back meetings or appointments or trying to fit too much in one day. You also need to distinguish between “should-do’s” and “must-do’s” to help keep your focus on true work priorities. Staying focused will minimize stress and also improve your overall workplace performance.
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