1 in 5 employees is dealing with a mental health condition.
The pressure to perform well with increasing workloads, long working hours, unhealthy work environment and unreliable co-workers can take a serious toll on any employee. With “Stress” being the biggest threat to our health and well-being, it’s important to address it well with the right measures. Hence, here are a few ways to go about dealing with stress in your everyday work-life.
1. Identify The Signs
Learn to recognize the signs of stress or the situations that trigger it which disturbs your peace of mind and eventually makes you feel distracted at work. Workplace anxiety is real and there is a big possibility that the majority of us are unaware of it. The symptoms can begin with fatigue, muscle tension, sleep deprivation, stomach ache, lack of concentration and if left-noticed it can directly impact your total well-being. Hence, it is important to identify your trigger points in order to take care of yourself.
2. Prioritize Your Tasks
One of the major causes of stress can be poor time management skills. Remember the workload differs from time to time so it’s important to keep a track of your tasks while adhering to deadlines and prioritize them accordingly to not feel overwhelmed with work. Focus on maintaining a priority list while breaking your tasks into small units to reduce the burden.
3. Make Wellness A Part Of Your Schedule
Incorporate a healthy lifestyle while you’re at your workplace to perform better. Here’s a starter guide to begin with:
– Include nutritious food items in your lunch
– Take sufficient breaks to relax your mind and process things in a calm way
– Make time for some deep-breathing exercises
– Stretch at your desk to reduce the tension in your muscles
4. Break Away From Bad Habits
Caffeine and Nicotine might be your top list of coping mechanisms to survive your 9-5 job but the reality is they only make things worse for you. Caffeine leads to dehydration while Nicotine acts as a stimulant to increase the level of stress. Hence we recommend swapping these choices for alternatives like natural juices, more water intake and herbal teas.
5. It’s OK to say “NO”
Learn to say “No”, being a perfectionist does not come at the cost of your well-being and health. Taking additional tasks on your plate knowing that you don’t have the time will never go in your favour. Don’t hesitate to refuse a task when you already have sufficient tasks lined up on our schedule. Remember to be polite but firm in your approach.
6. Communication Is The Key
An open conversation with your manager or boss can actually help you manage stress in the best way possible. They can help you improve your work-life balance, time management skills while providing you with necessary resources to manage work well. Another way to go about it would be communicating with your co-workers for support or consulting a psychologist if your organization has an “Employee Assistance Program” on board.