PROFESSIONAL: SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN WAYS TO DEAL WITH WORK STRESS
Ask anyone in any organization, from CEOs to Janitors, and they’ll tell you they encounter work-related stress every time.
From entrepreneurs launching startups to first-time executives new to a managerial post, they’ll tell you they’re feeling the heat. From keeping tight deadlines to dealing with unhappy clients, what are some common causes of corporate stress?
Too much work
The bottom line, overworking could precipitate both mental and physical illnesses. Let’s look at some solutions you can employ the next time you find yourself dealing with work-related stress.
Maintain Personal and Work Boundaries
Setting boundaries is an excellent way to help you keep work-related issues outside your personal life and vice-versa. This calls for some degree of self-awareness, discipline, and a work-life balance.
Nonetheless, there are some exceptions, of course. Keeping tabs on employees you trust could be a great way to open up about your stress causes. Since you work in the same organization, they would be the best place to help you find an effective solution.
Address the Issue to the Management
Have an unnecessary feud with a colleague? Wages too low and the workload too high? Complaining could be a great way to vent the issue, but the best solution would be to use the proper channels to air your concerns with the management.
If they don’t offer help to get to the root of the issues you pointed out, it could be time to apply to other organizations.
Developing Healthy Responses
At times, work-related stress could be a good thing. Why? Stressful situations could not just motivate you to work harder and persevere but also take up the challenge and devise practical solutions to your stress.
Nonetheless, avoid negative stress responses such as alcohol and substance abuse. Here are some positive reactions you could adopt to help you cope with stress.
Meditation to help you learn to relaxJoining a self-help community
Practicing deep breathing
Getting enough sleep
Relax and Unwind
Working 10 to 12 hours a day for six months straight could easily precipitate burnout leading to chronic stress. To ensure this doesn’t happen, take your off days and vacations seriously to ensure you are full of energy when you get back to work.
Conversely, if off days and vacations aren’t an option, ensure you don’t take work-related issues home. For instance, don’t take phone calls past 10.00 pm or during dinner.
A healthy mind is critical to achieving your professional goals and obtaining success. However, relating work-related stress to negativity is also not a bright idea. As a professional, finding ways to deal with these issues doesn’t just make us more efficient employees but also better equipped to handle stressful situations when they inevitably crop up in the future.