How to manage stress at work

The quickened heart rate and the inexplicable anxiety, accompanied by the overwhelming need to get out of your office to breathe. The irritability and anger that you feel which you are unable to find the source of. The loss of interest in anything you had once considered fun. The increased intake of alcohol and drugs to aid in the numbing of any thoughts and emotions you have left. Most of us have all been through these yet many have been too busy feeling stressed to be aware that they are indeed, stressed.

Stress has been aptly named the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion per year in productivity loss. As employees, it is crucial that we do not get too caught up in our work at the expense of our physical and emotional well being, for the benefit of both ourselves and the company we work for. So here on some tips on how to deal with stress at work and bring the much needed balance to your life.

1. Identify and come to terms with the fact that you are stressed.

This is one of the major stumbling blocks to effective stress management that we all encounter. It is the fault of the society that we live in nowadays. Stress has become synonymous with weakness, which is why many find it difficult to admit that they are indeed feeling stressed out for fear of being the Achilles’ heels of the company.

It is perfectly normal to feel vexed and overwhelmed by your work. By allowing yourself to come to terms with it, you can achieve better and longer term benefits when you distribute some energy to alleviating the problem. Better stress management allows you to feel better about yourself and as a result, enable you to focus better and deliver better work performance.

2. Take good care of yourself by always prioritizing your well being over work

Your body is a temple, and your one and only temple. Without your health, productivity suffers greatly which serves as a further blow to your self esteem and balance in life. Many understand the importance of their well being yet chose to not do anything about it since they feel a lifestyle overhaul is too much of a trouble for them.

Well, the good news is, all that it takes is consciousness and awareness. Before choosing your meal at lunchtime, make sure you are not indulging in food with high sugar level, but instead consuming food rich in protein that can keep you going all day. While working, pause for a moment to evaluate your well being. Are you starting to lose focus? Are you starting to make more and more mistakes? Getting a light snack or taking a short stroll around the office can help get your emotions more in check and reduce stress.

3. Time management.

I cannot reiterate how vital time management is to stress management. By carefully and appropriately planning your schedule, you no longer feel like there is too much food on your plate and too little time in a day. Anxiety only adds on to the stress and does adverse effects to your ability to deliver good results. Good planning gives you a bird-eye perspective of how your day is going to pan out and how much you can accomplish. It assures you that everything is under your control and in the process, work wonders to help in calming your nerves and ensuring that you perform at your optimal best.