How to Deal with Work-Related Stress and Anxiety
Work stress is an all to real threat to everyone who works in a stressful work environment. Stress at the workplace has the potential to seriously damage your health and also a persons physical – can even lead to serious emotional and psychological problems. Work-related stress can be crippling to both the employees that are under it and the employers. While some may simply “deal with it” and ignore it for the short term, one should realise that this is not always the best situation and should try to take steps to reduce one’s stress levels.
Workplace-Related Stress: Can You Change It?
There are several ways to reduce stress in the workplace. One of these is by turning to your co-workers for support. The key to reducing stress in the workplace is to listen carefully to your co-workers’ needs and stresses/worries, as well as to the needs and stresses/worries of your superiors, and to rationalise this; for example, how much of this stress is something that is mostly emotional and which can be rationalised into something much smaller? Often, when we are stressed, we tend to think that things that are very stressful are extremely worrying. If you find what is the cause of your stress, bring it up. Explain why this is a problem and you will find a solution. If you realise that the workplace itself is problematic, then this is a different story
Having a strong support group at work is a great way to relieve your stress as you feel like the group will be there to make you feel better if it’s needed, as is making time for occasional fitness activities. If you need to take a break from work for an extended period of time, consider scheduling time at a local gym to get some exercise, as well as find some downtime. Keep in mind that using a routine is also helpful. For example, if you work at a place that requires a uniform, don’t go to work wearing it. Change once you get there to mark a clear difference between your life and your work; this can be a part of your routine.
Another way to reduce work-related stress is by looking for ways to improve your self-talk in order to reduce the impact of work-related stress on you. Try to maintain a positive attitude towards your work, and work hard at getting through the difficult times; remind yourself that this is all temporary. If it is not temporary, ask yourself where you can make changes. Pinpoint where the stress is rooted and if you can change things in order to alleviate this situation. Remember that we tend to make things appear much worse than they really are. Think about the situation rationally and question whether you feel as if this is all terrible and stressful only because you are very stressed, or whether this is truly the case. Also remember as Albert Einstein said “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”.
The benefits of maintaining a positive attitude to stress are clear: It reduces the negative effects of stress on your health and well being. But when it comes to anxiety, it can feel like no matter what you’re doing, nothing is helping. The best thing that a person suffering from anxiety can do to alleviate their symptoms is to seek professional help. There are various types of treatment available for people who suffer from anxiety, it is therefore important for them to find out what type of treatment is suitable for them. If this is your case, you should find out about the different types of treatments available for your specific condition. Once you’ve found this out, you can work with your health specialist, therapist, psychologist, or coach to reduce the impacts of work anxiety on your life.
Does that sound like something you are dealing with? If so, reach out for help today.