If you have been following a lot of news these day it should not surprise you that managing stress at work has taken the corporate world by storm, and for a good reason too. The corporate world has woken up to a simple fact: Productivity, Employee Engagement and Retention all hinge on workplace happiness. One could argue that the steady influx of millennial in workplace among many factors, has been transforming attitude towards work in general.
A hostile environment that disregards employee happiness will at some point backfire to the organization by creating a fertile ground for frustration, anger and all sorts of negative emotions that hamper organizational harmony. Besides looking at this from an organizational viewpoint, stress has serious personal implications. Stress can make it difficult to power through daily tasks, damage relationships and it could even harm your health.
Stress is not necessarily bad, and should not been seen in negative light. It can and should be harnessed to enrich your professional growth to help you acclimatize to stressful situations which are part and parcel of corporate life. But there times when stress can get the better of you. You need to be on the look-out for certain triggers that render stress management a challenge. Identifying stress is as important as controlling it. Give it a glance and see can u relate?
- Less fulfilling compensation plans.
- Excessive workloads.
- No or few opportunities for growth or personnel advancement.
- Work that is not engaging or challenging.
- Lack of social support and motivation.
- Not having enough control over job-related decisions.
- Conflicting demands or unclear performance expectations.
Does It Ring A Bell?
Diagnosing your stress gives you a clear picture towards the actions required for managing and understanding the consequences. Stress can affect you either on short term basis included in your daily routine in a form of frequent headaches, stomach aches, sleep disturbances, less focus, short temper or as a long term impact in form of depression and anxiety and a myriad of diseases.
Simple and easy steps can help you control stress. These tips can be easily incorporated in day to day activities. Handling stress largely depends upon the outlook to approach the condition with positive attitude, fighting spirit and healthy lifestyle. Here are a few things you can do to alleviate stress:
- Instead of attempting to fight stress with fast food or alcohol, do your best to make healthy choices when you feel the tension rise. Exercise is a great stress-buster. Yoga can be an excellent choice, but any form of physical activity is beneficial.
- In today’s digital world, it is easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day. Establish some work-life boundaries for yourself. That might mean making a rule not to check email from home in the evening, or not answering the phone during dinner.
- To avoid the negative effects of chronic stress and burnout, we need time to replenish and return to our pre-stress level of functioning. This recovery process requires “switching off” from work by having periods of time when you are neither engaging in work-related activities, nor thinking about work.
- The simple act of talking face-to-face with another human can trigger hormones that relieve stress when you are feeling agitated or insecure. Even just a brief exchange of kind words or a friendly look from another human being can help calm and soothe your nervous system.
- Eating a diet full of processed and convenience food, refined carbohydrates, and sugary snacks can worsen symptoms of stress while eating a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, high-quality protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, can help you better cope with life’s ups and downs.
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