To be effective and happy at work, it’s important to be able to manage the stress that invariably comes with your job. Here are few tips to help you effectively manage the stress that comes with your job.
Learn to Say “No”
Much of your stress may be caused because you over-extend yourself when responding to requests from co-workers for help. Sure, it’s great to be a team player, and it’s wonderful to help a colleague. But when this means your own work consistently suffers, then it’s not really doing you any good.
If You Can’t Say “No,” Take a Different Approach
If saying “no” is not an option—as is the case when your boss gives you another assignment—then take a different approach.
You can tell them the following instead: “I’m happy to take that on and here is a list of my current tasks and projects that require all my time at work. Which of these projects or tasks would you like me to put on hold so I can pursue this new assignment?”
Stay Away From Gossip
Stay away from work-related gossip and drama. Is it entertaining? Most often, yes. But it also sucks up your time and creates tension in the workplace. Moreover, it also saps your mental energy. Focus on your work, not drama.
Remind Yourself What’s Important in Your Life
At the beginning of the workday, take a moment to remind yourself of what is most important in your life. In all likelihood, the answer will not be your work. Is work important? Yes. Is it the most important? Probably not. This is not to encourage a failure to meet work-related obligations, but you should always keep them in perspective. This will substantially diminish the job stress you’re experiencing.
Take a Brief Walk
A five-minute stroll through the office—or better yet, outside—can provide you a mental reset and other health benefits. Don’t stop walking just to talk to others. This isn’t a break for socializing. The goal here is to get your blood flowing more freely creating a small jolt to the nervous system that will improve your mood and concentration.