Today’s blog will likely be relevant to all readers. Regardless of what job you have, stress is symbiotic to your working life. The cause for this stress can vary and the manner that it does catch up on us is unpredictable. However, there are certain measures that YOU can put in place to help prepare you. Which means that when this so-called stress does emerge, you will be able to accommodate it, rather than fight it. After all, stress can be transferred into something that was bad, into something that is positive and motivational.
When you start to notice that you aren’t yourself the following guide and links will help you explore the root causes of your stress, whilst also offering solutions to these causes.
1. Know your boundaries: prioritise YOUR tasks and responsibilities. Stress can emerge when you are stretched and have too much work to do, along with conflicting demands or unclear expectations.
2. Avoid the gossip: avoid negative co-workers, surround yourself with helpful and positive people. A lack of cohesion between the team or employees can leave you feeling isolated. As such, source out these colleagues early on and spend time on your relationships, as they will help you through troubled times (Morning Coffee).
3. Take breaks: manage your time, use a planner, learn to relax and practice exercises that will help like meditation, mindfulness...Understanding your limits is important. A lack of support from your manager and an excessive amount of work, with little time, can leave you over-worked. It is vital to communicate with your manager where you need assistance. It is also key to know when you need a break. Your productivity will increase tenfold after you have taken a break.
4. Use breathing techniques. Deep breathing may help settle anxious feelings at the time, calming our nervous system, clearing our mind and enabling you to have a more mindful day (Tendmend)
5. Make good sleep a priority. A lack of sleep is a major reason for you not being 100% today. Do your best and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep when possible. Sleep will help increase your concentration, whilst also injecting you with an influx of energy to help you achieve what you need.
No matter where you are, or what you are doing, stress is a natural part of our lives. The sooner we come to terms with this ‘neighbour’, the better we will become at identifying it and addressing it. This will not only result in a better workplace balance, but these tips will also significantly improve your wellbeing at home too.