Reducing Workplace Stress

May 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

Everyone encounters job stress sooner or later — but that doesn’t make it easier. There are many aspects of your work environment that you have no control over — but you can take action to manage stress so that work doesn’t take a toll on your well-being.

Work Mindfully

Mindfulness is a way of zeroing in on the here and now. Give your full attention to the task at hand, whether it’s a call, a meeting, or a project.

Be Nice

Get to know your coworkers by asking about their weekends, inviting their opinions and eating lunch together. Smile frequently — it’ll boost your mood and encourage those around you to lighten up.

Communicate Well

Miscommunication is the root of many workplace conflicts. Clarify details and expectations for every job task. Check for understanding if you’re the one dishing out assignments.

Shake It Off

You can let yourself get wound up and upset about things that happen at work — or you can respond differently. Instead of stewing about a project that was dumped on you, view it as an opportunity to showcase your skills, talent, and teamwork.

Practice Smart Self-Care

Regular exercise and good nutrition — along with time for fun and relaxation —boosts your ability to cope with stress. And when you’re well-rested, stressors are more manageable.

Get Help

If your best efforts don’t reduce your stress and talking with your manager doesn’t help, seek advice from your human resources department or employee relations representative.

Source: American Council on Exercise

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Stress, To Your Health.

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