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Managing Stress at Work

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 11:35am | by JaredJ

Nearly every person on the planet deals with stress on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. We are all trying to find ways to live, support a family, manage our finances and efficiently do our jobs. While there are some things that are more stressful than others, one thing that nearly all of us have in common is that we all deal with stress in our workplace. Something that we don’t have in common, however, is that some of us deal with stress much better than others.

Having some stress at work isn’t a bad thing. It’s what helps you have a sense of urgency to get the job done. You should always have some stress while at work. You shouldn’t be overstressed, however, which can cause you to be unpleasant, unfocused and unproductive. There are ways that you can better manage your stress and become a better worker, though. Here are a few ideas:

Recognition

Nobody likes to admit that they are stressed. They feel like it shows that they are weak, can’t multitask and aren’t able to handle the tasks that they are given. It doesn’t show that at all, however. Once you’ve realized that you are stressed, you can start taking the proper steps to making yourself less stressed and become a better worker. It’s ok to admit that you’ve been stressed and haven’t handled it well. Once you learn to harness your stress and use it to make you more productive, you’ll become even more valuable to your company.

 

Physical Health

 

One very common factor in people that haven’t been able to manage their stress very well is that they aren’t physically taking care of themselves. You need to exercise, reduce your alcohol consumption and try to avoid those pesky cigarettes. If your body is feeling good, your mind will start to feel much better. Once you’ve got your physical and mental health in place, it will become surprisingly easy to manage your work stress.

 

Prioritize

 

This might be the single most important factor for anyone who is looking to reduce their stress. You need to create daily plans and tasks, then prioritize them. Find out which things you need to get done first, and get them done. After those tasks are done,  you can move on to the next ones. This will help you keep focused on one thing until it’s been completed, helping keep your mind clear and focused on the job at hand. One of the main causes of stress in the workplace is feeling like you have a million different things to do and you don’t know where to start. If you prioritize your tasks and create a schedule, it will be much easier for you to get through the day and avoid any unnecessary stress.

 

Break Bad Habits

 

When you’re at work, it’s easy to get caught up with something on youtube, twitter, or texting your friends while sitting at your desk. If you want to be less stressed, break these habits and keep focused on your work. You’ll find that you are much more focused, organized and you will have more time on your hands than you thought you would. Eliminate anything that is unnecessary and taking time away from your job, and you will be much more productive throughout the work day.

 

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