Learning to cope with stress at work is probably one of the most important things you can do to help you get through those stressful periods. Every person is different, and we all deal with things in our own ways; however, we’ve put together some top tips for you to try and manage your stress at work effectively.
1. Talk to your manager
Talk to your manager frequently and express how you are feeling. This will help you get it off your chest and together you may be able to find a solution to the cause.
2. Leave work on time
Staying later than you should means you can end up working unproductively. Use tip 4 as a way of making sure you leave work on time.
3. Take a break
Take regular breaks away from your desk or work space. Grab a coffee or go and get some fresh air. The time spent away from your desk will help you refresh your mind and can put you in a more relaxed, positive state when you return to your work.
4. Organise your schedule (daily and weekly may help)
A lot of stress at work comes from not having enough time to finish everything you’ve been tasked with. By organising and prioritising your tasks on a daily, or weekly basis (and sticking to it) you’ll be able to include overrun time and the chances are you’ll be able to get everything completed.
5. Stay away from social media
Yes, we all know social media is fun and there’s an awful lot of interesting content on the web; however, it can become a massive distraction and takes up more time than you think. Use your personal profiles in ‘social hours’ and try sticking your personal phone on silent.
6. Balance your work life and personal life
Be sure to make time for yourself, your friends and family. By doing so it will give you that much needed time to relax and think about yourself and the ones you love, leaving you feeling more positive about your work life.
7. Delegate and share the tasks you can
Although you may feel you want to do everything yourself, try and accept that your colleagues may be perfectly capable of doing a good job on a task you set them. Have faith in your co-workers and understand that everyone approaches things in a different way.
8. Most importantly – Get a good night’s sleep!
One of the best ways to destress after work is to relax when you get home and get yourself a good night’s sleep. Avoid caffeine during the afternoon, and try having a hot bath before bedtime. If you’re waking during the night thinking about work, have a notepad by your bed so you can jot your thoughts down and come to them in the morning.
By adopting some of these techniques you might find yourself a lot calmer and able to manage your workload in a more effective way. Many employers are fully aware that their employees are struggling with stress, so remember that they are there to help you deal with any type of stress you may be feeling.