With the technological advances today the working environment has become more and more competitive, forcing companies to heighten their productivity and further driving information overload. Competitiveness also draws out fears for impermanence at work, helping to create a workplace that is stressful and unhealthy. As a response to this many companies and institutions have developed programs and activities that will teach employers and supervisors to better manage workplace stress.
The achievement of workplace stress relief starts with being aware of it. One should be able to realize if he is being stressed out or worn out at work preventing him from relaxing or establishing a normal social life. This is where the importance of balance comes in. Balancing work and play is still the best way to control and manage stress. One should also be able to identify situations in the workplace that trigger stress and find out how it may be controlled.
There is a need to assess and discover the causes of stress in the workplace because it is only then that an appropriate action can be sought for and applied. Here are some tips to managing workplace stress:
- One should try to change his perspective towards work. If it is treated like a mission and a commitment, one may react to it more optimistically.
- Also realize that mistakes are part of the trade and that one’s success does not depend on never having to commit mistakes in the workplace.
- Perfection can be achieved but it is not something to be obsessed about.
- One should not dwell on something that he can not control.
- It is also very important to take one’s needs more seriously.
- Using up precious energy by worrying and getting stressed out can destroy a person’s ambitions and self actualization.
- It is always important to prioritize your needs and make necessary changes that can make you more in control
- Cultivate positive thinking in all aspects of work.
The law provides that employers should make sure they provide safe and healthy workplaces for their employees. However, this requirement does not apply to the management’s responsibility of providing ways to alleviate, if not eradicate, work stress. On the other hand, they do have a moral responsibility to implement programs that will help their employees manage workplace stress. Here are some additional important tips for managing workplace stress:
It is particularly important to avoid burnout. Ignoring small stressor signs today, could eventually put you out of action for months or even years. This is what burnout does. And the main reason why you should should avoid it is that it takes a long duration to recover, and therefore has cost people their careers.
You have to know what you are able to do and what you were trained to do. If you know your capacity, you will know what you can commit to and can avoid being exhausted or physically and mentally run down as a result of work. This will ultimately give you more time to relax and rest your system making sure that you are at your best at work every day. This can assure greater satisfaction on both your’s and your company’s part.
Research shows that vacations can help in stress relief tremendously and can even improve one’s overall health condition. Vacations allow you to re-encounter creativity and to reconnect with your pre-stressed out self. This is important for self-discovery and feeling good about yourself – very important factors in harnessing your best abilities and potential contributions to the workplace. With regular vacations or simple time-outs, one can avoid burnout and become well prepared for all the demands in the workplace.
Stress levels can also be lowered if one is physically active. Physical activities can help improve blood circulation and increase oxygen intake which makes one more energetic for work or play. Exercise is also useful for lowering stress hormones, which at high levels in your body, make you more likely to react angrily or stressfully in a situation.
It is also important to always have a positive outlook in life and start each day with a positive attitude. This can improve one’s performance at work and develop better interpersonal skills. If one thinks positive, people are drawn to the energy. This can facilitate more easy cooperation and friendship in the workplace – the perfect antidote to stress.