Tips to Manage Stress at Work

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Tips_to_manage_stress_at_workNeed to manage stress at the workplace?

Here are some tips that career coach professionals may recommend to make business stress more manageable:

 

Reduce stress before you come in to work.

Do you skip breakfast? Are you always running late? If so, you may already be stressed even before you start your work day. Give yourself enough time in the morning to get ready with less pressure.

Leave your desk during breaks and leave your workplace during lunch.

If you’re hunched over your desk all day for hours on end, it’s no wonder you feel stressed.  Physically leaving your desk during break times can give you a brief respite both physically and emotionally and give you a chance to recharge your batteries.  If you are able to go for a walk, even if it is just up and down the stairs, so much the better.

Get organized.

If you often feel frantic because you are not sure which project to work on next and can never find anything on your cluttered desk or on your hard drive, setting priorities and organizing your papers and computer files can create a calmer environment.

Don’t be a perfectionist.

Nobody’s perfect, and if you keep trying to be, you’ll only increase your stress.  You were hired with the expectation that you would do your best, so aim for that, and bear in mind that being a perfectionist could mean that you are not doing your best since you take too long to finish projects by obsessing over them.

Learn how to say “no.”

If you make too many commitments, you risk falling into the same trap of unrealistic goals as being a perfectionist.  Find ways to be supportive of coworkers without taking on more than you can handle.  If you are able to delegate tasks, actually delegate them. Don’t micromanage and bring back the stress you were supposed to be reducing by getting something off of your plate.

Talk to coworkers you trust.

The people who can relate to your work issues the best are often the ones who share some or all of the same issues. Sometimes just being able to talk about things with someone who knows exactly what you are talking about can relieve stress. A coworker may also have a different perspective that can help you see things in a new light.

Meet with your boss on a regular basis.

Uncertainty adds stress. Regular meetings with your boss can let you know where you stand and what is expected from you. Your boss may also be unaware of issues that may be causing you stress and be willing to work with you to resolve those issues.

Talk with a career coach.

You may find that a career coach can help you manage stress and set priorities for your life. Click here to learn more.

Ben Hargrove writes for career coaching websites like MeredithHaberfeld.com.

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