How to Keep Work Stress from Killing You.
Stress, stress, stress! It comes in many forms. Stress can come from your home life, family, and even simply contending with daily life, but most people feel work stress the most. Work is something we all have to do and yes, it can become stressful, but you do not have to allow it to take hold of your life.
Stress, stress, stress! It comes in many forms. Stress can come from your home life, family, and even simply contending with daily life, but most people feel work stress the most. Work is something we all have to do and yes, it can become stressful, but you do not have to allow it to take hold of your life. Here are some tips on how to keep work stress from killing you and making your life miserable.
Do Not Start the Day Off Negatively
You must go to work. It is inevitable and even if you love your job, there are days where you just do not feel like being there at all. The key to reducing anxiety about going to work is not found in skipping a day via personal or sick day. The key is found in how you approach and prepare for work. Start the day off slightly earlier. Although it may be tempting to sleep in as long as possible. However, that little extra 15 or 30 minutes of blissful sleep, will ultimately bring about more stress.
That little extra time will enable you to have a more peaceful morning, ultimately leading to a more relaxed day at work. You will have plenty of time to have a cup of coffee or tea, get dressed at a leisurely pace, have a nice breakfast with the family, or just sit in silence for a bit of time before taking on the day. You will be surprised how refreshed you can start your day with just a little extra time added in the morning.
Write Things Down
Anxiety is not fun, especially at work. Work-related stresses can bring on anxiety leading to a stressful experience every day if you allow it to. The key here is to get ahead of anxiety. Write things down. It sounds arbitrary as most of us believe we can keep tasks aligned better in our own heads, but as humans, we are apt to forget and it can make things remarkably stressful at work if you forget an important task. At the beginning of each morning, write down the tasks you must complete for that day. Leave space between each item to add in those inevitable pop-up tasks that we all receive each and every day. Writing things down allows your brain to download the information rather than hold onto it and think about it throughout the day. It is also very satisfying to slowly check things off through the day and see your accomplishments at the end.
Avoid Conflict and Gossip
It is a workplace. There will be gossip and conflict everywhere. However, the key to contending with it is to be conscious of conflict and gossip while trying to avoid it where possible. If you know a certain person is prone to gossiping, stay away from them. Gossip will stick in your mind and often cause undue stress to occur. Additionally, resolve conflicts quickly and effectively by actively listening to the other party. You might be completely right, but if it is selfish pride that is getting in the way of an actual conversation with that person, it will be stressful. Walk into every conflict with an open mind and willingness to look for true resolve in the situation.
Leave Everything at the Office
Humans have a tendency to become packrats when it comes to our emotions. We carry emotional baggage around with us and it seems to grow each and every day. Although everyone has a certain amount of emotional baggage no matter who they are, they can relent to allowing some of that baggage to remain where they picked it up. What I mean by that is leave home at home and work at work. Once you end your day, take a big sigh of relief and walk away. There is nothing you can do about the day and no way to really fix any problems until you walk into the space again the next time.
A great tactic is to place an object at the door of your home or the door of your workspace where possible. Upon leaving work or entering your home, drop your work concerns at that space. Touch the object and just drop all concerns. You can pick them up again when you leave for work if you want to. It may sound odd, but the physical act of touching the object is a way of telling your brain that you are done with work and enjoying time at home.
Work is stressful. Homelife can be stressful. Life, in general, has its own set of stresses, but knowing how to organize those stresses and contend with them is the key to happiness. Even if you have a very stressful job, these tips can help you learn how to cope with stress and not allow it to ultimately kill you.