How To Manage Workplace Stress

Workplace stress

Workplace stress is usually caused by the unrealistic demand on the self. Sometimes it is not caused by the amount of work you handle but the little time left to do the work that still needs to be done.

When stress is at a manageable level there is sometimes the tendency for you to do more than your average performance. You may even feel excited about yourself and the tasks that you do.

But having too much or too little stress can affect how effective you function with your work. With too little stress, you might not be doing very well with what you do. Balance is still important.

Workplace stress management is therefore not about eliminating the stress but hitting the balance because you cannot totally avoid stress in life. Managing stress differs from an individual to another because people respond to stress symptoms differently.

Depending on their level of experiences, some people have developed high tolerances for it while some have not. You should know that learning to manage stress is recognizing what causes it. Outside of professional help, recognizing the origins of stress is the first step to self stress management.

You must also note that there are some stresses that develop gradually. It’s not usually detected until it reaches a critical level and a breakdown happens.

Understanding Workplace Stress More

Managing stress involves:

  • Realizing that there are things that we cannot change
  • There are things that sometimes can be changed
  • And there are things that we can do something about

Stress management techniques are also about managing the threats that we face which are stress causes. If the threat can be remedied then the threat can decrease dramatically.

Threats as stress causes come in many forms:

  • The possible loss of a job
  • Noise and presence of certain people or things
  • Change of surroundings
  • Relationships going bad
  • Fear and phobia
  • Problems with other people
  • And even the things we imagine that can cause stress

Aside from identifying the stress causes, learning how to manage stress will include a good examination on how you cope-up from it.

Stress Management Techniques

Using your existing stress management techniques that is helpful is a good start towards managing stress. An example of ways to cope with stress is how you change the way you do things by your actions.

Stress symptoms are:

  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Change of appetite
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Sleep interruption and restlessness
  • Decreased sexual activity, etc.

Managing stress will require a good amount of rest if sleep is not possible immediately. You should relax 1 to 2 hours before your sleeping time. Exercise some deep breathing. Get physical exercise, loosen muscles and listen to what your body is telling you.

Workplace stress is manageable if you’re well aware of it. It will also be very helpful if you start re-evaluating yourself and come up with a more realistic expectation of the things that can happen. Changing the way you think opens up opportunities for creativity and problem solving.

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