Workplace stress is the number one reason people live their lives full of worry, anxiety, and frustration. It’s time to learn how to manage stress in the workplace stress without resorting to smoking, drinking, or food binges as a “relaxant.” That junk doesn’t work. Plain and simple.
Many of us are so used to being overworked that we hardly even take the time to think about it. But did you know that an overloaded work schedule is one of the top three causes of stress-related illness? Unless you deal with this stress, you just might end up missing work due to illness… which will put you further behind… which will cause more stress… you get the idea.
Another reason that managing workplace stress is so important is that it doesn’t just affect you from 9 to 5. Reducing stress in the workplace keeps your worry and anxiety from seeping into the rest of your life. If you’re stressed out at work, you will be unhappy during the evenings and weekends too. You just might be snappy at your spouse or kids or have trouble sleeping. Your workplace stress will affect all aspects of your life — your friendships, your family, and your ability to enjoy your hobbies and activities.
Tips For Staying Sane in the Workplace
Here are some practical techniques that you can use to manage workplace stress and let go of the tension and anxiety. These techniques will help you work more efficiently, actually enjoy your job (I know! It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?), and give you the ability to enjoy all of the activities in your non-working hours:
- If you find yourself overwhelmed by your work environment, take a few minutes during your day to do dome breathing exercises. While sitting at your desk, close your eyes and breathe in through your nose filling your tummy with the air (not your chest!). Imagine a powerful white light emerging in your diaphragm and radiating through your body. As you exhale through your mouth, imagine that your stress and anxiety is thick, grey smoke leaving your body with each breath. Do this 7 to 10 times, and you’ll notice your mind becoming more focused, and the muscles in your body becoming relaxed.
- Another great technique for reducing stress in the workplace is to organize a walking group with the coworkers that aren’t boring, negative, complainers (they exist! I swear they do!). Set a specific time every day when all of you can leave the building and take a 10 to 15 minute walk, and stipulate that there will be no discussions about work while walking. The break from work and the physical exercise of walking will help relieve stress and give you the energy you need to get through your day. Plus, you just might make some new friendships, since you’ll be talking about life, hobbies, and family instead of work all the time.
- To beat stress in your office, make sure you set aside a few minutes every day to organize your workspace. A cluttered work environment can add to your feeling of being overwhelmed, because you will feel like your work is in disorder. This should only take 15 minutes per day, but will go a long way toward making you feel happier and in control, both inside and outside of work.
Don’t stop with these suggestions — you can find many more tips and techniques for managing work and personal stress in our other articles, such as Top 10 Ways to Beat Stress, Workplace Stress – Tips for Coping with Stress at the Office, and Top 10 Signs You’re WAY Too Stressed at Work.