For many professionals, a work day is filled with never-ending meetings, emails, phone calls and other interruptions that don’t end even outside the office.
For decades now, the modern worker has been urged to slow down, chill out, de-stress. Doctors link long shifts and on-the-job anxiety to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and stroke. Many think the consequences can be fatal.
Because your work defines so much of your world, the thought of losing it is a major source of stress. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help yourself cope with work-related stress. Finding the source of your stress is the first step to fighting it, but that’s easier said than done. Adding these life skills could definitely be of help to you:
Focus only on that. Forget about all those tomorrows. And about all your yesterdays. Go small, narrow your focus greatly and just take care of today. This helps when you are overwhelmed.
Turn off your phones and gadgets after 6 or 8 pm each day. This will allow your body to fully “unplug” from the day’s stressors too.
Any form of exercise will work. Including yoga and walking in your routine, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress.
Because interpersonal conflict takes a toll on your physical and emotional health, and because conflict among co-workers is so difficult to escape, it’s a good idea to avoid conflict at work as much as possible.
Rather than relying on medication, your aim should be to maximise your relaxation before going to sleep. Ensure, your bedroom is a tranquil oasis with no reminders of the things that cause you stress.
At times, we all feel overburdened by our ‘to-do’ list and this is a common cause of stress. Accept that you cannot do everything at once and start prioritising your tasks.
Believe it or not, stress is like a sickness. Some of the things that you should pay attention to include: feeling anxious, irritable, depressed, loss of interest in work, sleeping problems, fatigue, trouble concentrating, muscle tension, headaches, stomach problems, social withdrawal, and even over consumption of alcohol or drugs. If these problems begin to occur, you could be doing some serious damage to your health and wellbeing.
Trying to do everything is a one-way ticket to serious stress. Be clear about your limits.