3 Exceptional Tips to Reduce Work Related Stress

3 Exceptional Tips to Reduce Work Related StressWith the current economy facing uncertain times, there’s an increased amount of work related stress, affecting people negatively. Employers could do more about this, as it’s the fear of job losses, lay-offs, overhead cuts, and so many business related problems, facing management, that’s contributing to staff feeling an increased amount of stress in the workplace.

Staff are increasingly taking care of their own responsibilities and constantly trying to do more, in a bid to ensure they aren’t the next to be facing the unemployment line. While at a management level, even a slightest tweak to communication with staff, could lessen the stressful atmosphere, there are things employees can do, which will help you manage and reduce stress in the workplace more effectively.

The one key thing to note on this topic is that you cannot avoid stress at work, but you can learn to cope with stress more effectively.

Tip 1: Recognise the contagiousness of the problem

Within the workplace, there’s more people than you.

Your behaviour and those around you are contagious. When one person feels down, the attitude will influence how others in the workplace will feel. If you contribute negatively to a high-pressure situation, that’s going to spur other staff to take the same negative approach.

The more negativity there is, the less productive a team can function. The best thing you can do is take a positive approach and encourage others to do the same.

While there’s going to be conversations come up about problems, you’re better to focus on positive things that will pick up the mood of not just you, but your co-workers too. Pull together, work together, contribute ideas, and promote a positive vibe to the atmosphere.

Positive trumps negative at every turn.

Tip 2: Work on your communication skills

The ability to interact with people is not just a skill needed for work. You can constantly develop this life skill. Social interaction is what helps you develop your interpersonal skills. If you’re working long hours, and constantly tired, then you’re doing yourself more harm than you are good.

You need to get a break and take yourself out of the stressful atmosphere. You can’t function properly at work, when you’re lacking in your abilities to communicate with other co-workers.

When you’re stressed, this will affect the way you speak to people. Since you’ll be feeling highly strung out, constantly under pressure and lacking in self-esteem, you aren’t going to radiate much positivity to the work place.

Whenever you feel this way, it’s time to approach management or the HR dept. and discuss some personal time off. Use that time to unwind, and come back relaxed, and ready for more productivity.

Tip 3: Your lifestyle

Little alterations to your personal lifestyle outside the work place will go a long way. Workplace related stress can, and probably will affect your sleeping routine. You might find it difficult to get to sleep at night, and then even more difficult to get yourself up in the morning. The best slight changes to make are in 2 key areas:

  1. Dietary
  2. Exercise

Your diet contributes to your emotions and your emotions drain you mentally. When you’re mentally drained, the best diet change you can make is to increase the amount of plant-based foods you eat. This is things like

  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Apples etc.

What these types of foods do is help to balance out your brain chemicals. Your brain needs proper nutrition to function. Supply that through your body and you’ll probably feel an increased positive vibe in your mood.

The 2nd area is to increase your exercise. You don’t have to be doing an hour at the gym each day, but simply taking a brisk walk each day, will do wonders to help your sleeping patterns.

The more you exercise and eat healthily, the better you’ll be able to get to sleep. Having a regular and steady sleeping pattern will help you function better and cope with stress as it happens.

Beyond the tips outlined above, one other thing you can work on is your organisational skills.

Plan your day, right before you start. This may mean going into work that little bit earlier, however when you have a structure to work from, you’ll find that you won’t be feeling as stressed as you would without that.

When you need a bit of help on something, you’re ability to communicate with co-workers will help you delegate some more important tasks you need done. You will need to be prepared to bend a little on this one though.

You can’t delegate everything to colleagues and not expect to do the same in return. As much as you may feel it’s only you who is struggling to cope with the pressures of the workplace, your colleagues may be feeling the same way.

The better you can cope with the stress, the more productive you’ll be. That will also show through with your positivity and that will go a long way to pick up the moods of others in your work, contributing to a stronger workforce