There are lots of things you can avoid that can help you reduce stress at work, don’t drink too much caffeine, don’t over think about the things that are stressing you out, but actually, sometimes taking action and combating work related stress head on can help you to take back control.
Here are 7 actions for combating stress at work:
Work demands often cause stress. If your work load demands are too high, prioritise, make a list and get the big demands done first. If there are not enough hours in the day for everything, then you need assistance. Keep a good work life balance, don’t let work take over your life.
Poor working relationships are a common cause of work related stress. Unfortunately, we can’t always choose our boss or colleagues, so we need to learn to like or at least tolerate those around us at work. Try to think of one positive thing that they bring to the team and use their strengths to your advantage.
Come up with some ideas how your tasks or activities at work could be better achieved. Could things be streamlines, are there other ways the work could be done, could cost savings be made or productivity be increased. Coming up with ideas could benefit both you and the business, and feeling in control is a great way to beat work related stress.
The more stressful time can be during organisational changes, which can see roles, responsibilities and control go up in the air. Uncertainty and worry can creep in. Managing and communicating the change process is an important part of combating work related stress.
We might start out with a clearly defined role, but as we grow into a position, we can often end up taking on additional responsibilities. This a great way to progress but make sure if you now have multiple roles that they don’t conflict or cause issues.
Sometimes, it is hard to ask for help, or even take help when it is offered. However, most jobs are made easier with teamwork, and even just encouragement from colleagues can give you a boost. Use the resources available to you in the business, from management and colleagues.
Exercise can give you a real boost, both mentally and physically, helping to combat stress in all aspects of your life from work to home. Whatever you enjoy, running, swimming, hitting the gym, yoga or a brisk walk, you will be amazed how much you better you feel after letting off some steam.
Stress can hit anyone at any level. Get this FREE stress toolbox talk for further information and to use as a regular refresher for you and your team.