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How to Beat Stress at Work

posted 4 months ago

The million dollar question in most job interviews is: “How do you handle stress?” What is your answer to that question? The question itself triggers stress to be built inside you.

In a workplace, stress is completely normal. Being involved in a company where everyone works in a structured manner will surely give you the feeling that you should be more than extra careful in delivering output. However, you should take note that you cannot control everything in your work environment; For sure, there will be times when deadlines will not be met, the boss will get angry for a poor output, the company won’t achieve its sales target, etc. Things like such happen in a normal workplace and trying to control over those uncontrollable things will only make you feel bad.

Finding ways to manage your stress level doesn’t really require you to be a god first. Rather, it requires you to focus on that one thing that you can control: YOURSELF.

Whenever you feel that stress is getting at the top of your head, sort out your feelings and:

  1. Figure out where the stress is coming from. The first step in solving any problem is to recognize where it came from. By knowing the things that make you feel bad, you are getting a step closer to taking appropriate actions to eliminate them. Instead of feeling disappointed every day, be brave enough to identify your stressors.
  2. Accept responsibilities. If there is one thing that most humans are afraid to face, aside from monsters and ghosts, it is responsibility. Be responsible with your own actions and be your own critic. Remember the rule of thumb in solving problems: Act rather than react.
  3. Keep your communication lines open. A problem would be best solved when it is being talked over. Being open about your feelings and problems will not only take the burden out of your heart, it will also improve your relationship with the company management and co-workers. Outline the reasons why you are feeling stressed in a specific and measurable way. After talking about the problem, formulate possible solutions. A problem is not considered to be properly communicated if the issue is not resolved.
  4. Take care of yourself. Making yourself feel better will undoubtedly do miracles to your way of thinking. Exercise. Feed yourself. Think of your accomplishments and treat yourself with a drink or two. Besides, you only deserve the best version of yourself.
  5. Socialize. Sadly, work-life balance is still a big problem that should be addressed to employees. You are only expected to work for 5 days a week. After that five days, don’t think of your work problems anymore. Sit with your family during dinners and have a couple of shots with your friends. How we balance our time and responsibilities affects our quality of life.

Realizing that you are undergoing stress is actually a good thing. On the flip side, ignoring the signs of work stress can actually lead to bigger problems. Consider the tips written above and learn to manage yourself, not stress. 

image courtesy of http://www.hrzone.com

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