Mind Your Stress on the Job

June 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm Leave a comment

Most of us have felt “stressed out” at one time or another. In fact, one in four people say they’ve missed work due to work-related stress.

Here are some strategies you can use to better manage stress at work:

  • Treat your body right. Eating right and exercising can increase your tolerance to stress.
  • Set and re-set your priorities. Set realistic goals and take care of important and difficult tasks first, and eliminate unessential tasks.
  • Take five. Taking a short break can help slow down your mind long enough to improve your ability to deal with stress later.
  • Learn to say “no.” Slow down and be honest about what you can comfortably do.
  • Be flexible. Make allowances for other people’s opinions and be prepared to compromise.
  • Go easy on criticism. You may expect too much of yourself or others. Try not to feel let down or frustrated when your expectations aren’t met.
  • Be honest with colleagues. Make it plain you feel you’re in a bind. Chances are others feel the same. Don’t just complain – make practical suggestions for improvement.

If you experience any of the signs of stress, such as insomnia, rise in blood pressure, fatigue, poor work performance, and constantly feeling overwhelmed, it may be time to seek help. Help can be found through various resources, including your employee assistance program, your primary care provider, a spiritual or religious leader, or a local mental health provider.

Source: Mental Health America

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Stress.

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