How to Reduce Stress at Work
Shari Duddy is a Yoga teacher and educator in New Jersey. Shari has many years of experience teaching Yoga
Everyone has stress, and one of the biggest stressors in life is work. Work is a necessary part of life, and undoubtedly there are a lot of good things about it. Working teaches responsibility and accountability. It keeps minds and hands busy. Work can teach teamwork. It can help you discover your talents and strengths. And, of course, it pays the bills. The downside to work, as we all know, is that it can cause stress in our lives. There have been numerous studies done in recent years that suggest stress can be a significant factor in some medical conditions. That’s why it’s important to get a handle on the stress you feel, especially at work. Work takes up a good deal of your life, and it’s vital to keep it in perspective, not allowing it to take over your life and cause undue stress. Here are some tips to reducing the stress you feel at work that will help to make your work life, and your home life, more enjoyable.
- Good health isn’t just about your body. It’s about your mind. If you’re feeling stress at work, the fact is that the better health you’re in, the more likely you are to be able to deal with it, body, mind, and soul. Eat a well-balanced diet that includes all the vitamins and minerals you need throughout the day. If you’re feeling more stress than usual, you may not be getting enough B vitamins. Talk to your doctor about a B-complex supplement. Regular exercise that includes a good cardio workout helps to keep you healthy; it gives you more energy to deal with stressors; and it gets oxygen to the brain, enabling you to better deal with negative people and moments on the job.
- If you’re dealing with stress on the job that’s coming from other people, such as your boss or co-workers, keep a journal about events that trigger those stressful moments. At the very least, putting it down on paper will help you to get out any negative feelings you’re having, giving you an outlet for those emotions. You may even be able to find a solution as you’re writing. Additionally, a journal of negative events can come in handy, if you ever find yourself in a situation where those events or people get out of hand.
Have a life outside of work
- Regardless of the type of job you have or how many hours your particular position demands, it’s vital that you maintain life and relationships outside your work life. All work and no play won’t only make Jack a dull boy; it can make him an angry, tired, and even sick boy. Try to find daily or at the very least weekly enjoyable activities outside of work that will help you to put work in its place.
- If work begins to take a serious toll on your health, it may be time to find other employment. There are nearly innumerable websites these days such as Monster and Craigslist where employers are searching for hardworking employees like you. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that just because the economy isn’t great, nobody’s hiring. The fact is that there’s always somebody hiring. All you need is one job, and it’s out there somewhere. Naturally, you wouldn’t ever want to quit one job if you don’t have another to go to, but by all means, working a job that’s causing you so much stress that it’s negatively impacting your entire life isn’t necessary, even in a bad economy. Just take the necessary steps to find a new job before you quit this one, and pretty soon you may find that the mere possibility of working somewhere else is making you feel better already.
The stress you feel at work not only will affect your work life, but it can affect your personal life as well. Relationships both inside of and outside of work can be negatively impacted by stress, regardless of the type of job you have. In fact, many occupations that may not seem like high-powered, high-stress jobs can cause the most stress; it often depends upon the person. If you’re someone who is experiencing an undue amount of stress from work, it’s important to take a step back, objectively assess the situation, and figure out how to feel positive about your work life again. Put some of the suggestions above into action in order to reduce stress at work and feel good about your job once more.