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Are you stressed at work? Well, you are not alone in this. It is not uncommon for employees to experience stress at work but you no longer have to follow the status quo. Here are some tips to overcome/manage stress.

Stress isn’t always bad or life threatening, sometimes a little bit of stress on the job is good for you.  It helps you stay focused, alert during presentations or when manufacturing new products, prevents accidents or costly mistakes, able to surmount numerous challenges that may arise yet full of energy. However, when stress exceeds your ability to cope it stops being helpful and becomes harmful.

How do you know you are stressed on the job?

Realizing that you are stressed is the first step. If your job is affecting your health, work performance, or your personal life, then you are without a doubt, stressed. When you overly worry about meeting deadlines, producing the best products or rendering unmatchable services at all times you become overwhelmed, tensed and continually angry.

Other telltale signs and symptoms of stress include but not limited to the following;

  • Having no time to socialize, layback and have fun
  • Fear of staff cutbacks or being laid off which compels you to do more overtimes or take on more jobs
  • Lack of control over how you do your work
  • Pressure to work at premium levels at all times
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Addiction to alcohol or drug abuse to better cope with stress
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Inability to concentrate
  • low energy and continued weakness
  • inability to sleep

Why do you need to manage stress?

Imagine not being able to think clearly, function effectively, or enjoy a healthy life? This is one of the reasons why you need to manage or overcome stress. The ultimate goal is a balanced life furnished with a capacity to work under pressure and meet challenges head on.

How do you manage stress?

There is no fixed way to manage stress or an all-purpose-stress-management-technique that works for everyone. You need to experiment on all the stress-relieving techniques and stick with what works best for you. No matter what leadership position you occupy, or what job you do for a living, there are ways to reduce your overall stress levels and live life to the fullest. Here are 7 proven self-help techniques to reducing your stress.

 

  • Know what stresses you out

 

The first step to heal is to identify the source of the sickness. Make a mental note of what causes you stress, take note of how you reacted and do whatever makes you relax.

 

  • Make time for regular Exercise

 

Regular exercise helps fuel the Brain’s Stress Buffers. It is easy to neglect your physical health when you are focused on resolving a task. Making time for regular exercise makes you more immune to stress. You don’t necessarily have to overhaul yourself with rigorous exercises. Small things can make all the difference, for example, you can sit for a while when you’ve been standing all day, go for walks to clear your mind or have a 30 minutes early morning running or jugging routine.

 

  • Imbibe a balanced healthy lifestyle

 

The little things you do consistently, can in the long run make or mar your health. . Nutritious meals help your body to cope better with stress. Food deprivation and a malnourished body will only heighten your stress. So ensure you eat healthy meals on time. Do not skip your breakfast, do not fail to eat during lunch breaks and avoid eating junk foods as much as possible and not skimp on sleep so you can think properly at your workstation.  

You can also read the article posted by TBC on November 2, 2015 on “Four ways to help overwhelmed employees”

 

  • Have fun

 

Just doing the things you love and mingling with friends and family alike can help you manage stress better. According to mantle.co.nz, for an organization to flourish, future fit leaders are needed. This means people who are capable of managing their stress level will excel at what they do.

 

  • Time management

 

Everyone has the same 24 hours a day just like you, so manage your time appropriately by having a scale of preference. Arrange your tasks in their other of importance, doing the task that can cause you the most stress first. Also make a step-by-step plan for resolving tasks that are seemingly overwhelming, undertaking tasks that are more manageable for you rather than trying to solve them all at once. You will sleep better and enjoy the rest of your day.

 

  • Learn to delegate tasks

 

Do not overly commit yourself. The ‘I-must-do-it-all-by-myself habit will only leave you stressed out’. You should rather learn to delegate tasks and avoid the desire to control or oversee every little step.

 

  • Reach out

 

Sometimes the simple solution to live a stress free life is to share your problems with others close to you or seek help from professionals. For instance, if you run or work at restaurateurs instead of wasting valuable time pondering on how to make pastries fluffier or directing all your time to surfing the net for answers, you can just ask an experienced colleague or friend, in your line of work with proven results.

Follow these invaluable tips above and set yourself apart as a leader in your organization today.

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