Are you dealing with too much stress at your workplace? It does not have to be so!
Here you will find out how to keep your head cool in all the stressful situations in your professional life and why a certain level of stress can even have a positive effect on your work.
Stress is a new widespread disease in the working place. No wonder: too much work, too little time, irritated colleagues and then also a boss; you simply feel overwhelmed and feel like you cannot accomplish things. While most people are able to withstand the enormous pressure, it is a fact that more and more people get sick due to too much stress in the job. But what can one do about too much stress in the workplace?
Stress trigger: permanent stress
Stomach pain, insomnia and irritability - too much stress has a negative effect on your body. Especially those who suffer from permanent stress find themselves in a vicious circle: In doing so, your body finds it difficult to relax in the long run and the constant stress even leads to more stress.
To a certain extent, stress can also have a positive effect on the body, be it to achieve higher performance or focused work to accomplish a challenging task. But too much of it will definitely lead to dicease.
How to stay relaxed: Effective tips against stress
1. Set priorities
Of course, it is important to do a good job in the office. Nevertheless, make sure that you do not neglect your family and friends. Set priorities and do not spend too much time on things that are not on your priority list.
2. Regular exercise
Regular exercise is important and has a positive effect on your body. On the one hand, during sport, the stress hormone adrenaline is broken down, on the other hand, the body becomes more efficient and resistant to stress through regular exercise. A tip: walk up and down a few floors or walk around the block - your body will thank you. Alternatively, you can combat stress by targeted breathing: breathe in for five seconds, hold your breath for five seconds, and then exhale until you have mentally counted to five. Repeat this for five minutes.
3. Avoid so called “leisure stress”
Language course, dance lesson, shopping - when rushing through your after-work hours after a long day at work, you will expose yourself to unnecessary stress. Therefore, treat yourself time and time to relax yourself. Think about what can reduce your stress level after work.
4. Sufficient and regular sleep
During sleep the body relaxes. In addition, the alternating rhythm of relaxation increases your performance at work. Sleep researchers assume that one should have at least seven and a half hours sleep per night.
5. Take a break
Even small changes can help. Take a break more often. Yes, short breaks can actually prevent fatigue and exhaustion. With simple measures, small breaks can be optimally integrated into your daily work routine: Go get a coffee more often, go to the printer or visit a colleague in his/her room instead of sending an e-mail.
6. Not always reachable
Separate professional from your private life. While accessibility is the magic word in our modern society, you do not need to be ready for work day and night. Turn off your smartphone or laptop if you do not want to be disturbed. This often makes life much less stressful.
7. Avoid distraction
A talkative colleague in the coffee corner, Facebook update from friends or the latest video on YouTube – studies show that the average office worker is distracted every eleven minutes. Distraction at work costs time, but also concentration and productivity suffer.
8. Positive thoughts
Focus on the positive things in your life. Whether it's the next dinner with your loved one, a theater visit or a date with friends - the thought of the really important thing in life has a positive effect on your mood and automatically reduces stress factors.
9. Learn to say “no”
You have to learn to say no! No one can be in multiple places or do a thousand things at the same time. Find out where your limits are and do not cross them. And sometimes you just have to say “no”. Even if you understand the needs of others, you also need to explain your own needs.
C A T E G O R I E S:
“The day she realised, it was not about the world but was all about her, she grew the wings. The day she understood she was not answerable to any of them who always blamed and pointed her, she had the fire blazing in her eyes. She raised and soared towards the sky. The whole world looked at her in awe and wished if only they could be her. She was not confined to be on the ground anymore. She had the wings of fire and she left a trail everywhere she went, for other to follow.”
― Akshau Vasu