If stress at work is as much a part of the furniture as the water cooler, then you are not alone. There has been stress in the workplace for as long as there have places to work in. The thing is, in a struggling economy, stress levels almost always go up. This is because, it’s thought, that as job security becomes not so secure more pressure is put on to do a good job and stay in employment.
This does not mean that you have to spend your work week as a nervous wreck. Critical stress management can sound scary, but it isn’t, and you can get through the week. This is because we have compiled some stress-busting advice for you, so that you can make it through the week in one piece.
1. Sit Up Straight
Now, your parents probably taught you how to sit up straight and they didn’t do it for their own good. They probably didn’t realise they did it for yours either. Good posture can actually have a positive effect on how well you do your job. Good posture affects your psychology, and that in turn affects behaviour.
It has been discovered that when sit hunched, over a keyboard or telephone, we feel more stressed and weaker than we are.
If you work at a cramped desk, see if you can move things around and give yourself more space. Of course, that is not always an option so instead, command what space you do have. Stand up, stretch out and make that space your own.
2. Get Yourself Organised
The very act at looking of clutter can bring you down, so instead of closing your eyes and trying to work blind – get organised. Stress hormones can start to course through you if you have to work at a busy desk or in a cubicle. Start small, and build it build it gradually. Before you know it, you will be the most organised person that you know.
Generally speaking, clutter on a desk is usually the mark of lots of decisions that have been put off. Go through your papers one by one, prioritising as you go. If you then group them into categories, depending on what you need to do with them, you should find they are dealt with quicker.
3. Abandon Goals That Are Unrealistic
There is nothing wrong with ambition, but if you set your goals too high then you could be setting yourself up for trouble. When we fail to reach a target, for any reason, it discourages us.
Instead, try to set goals that are flexible. That way you are still challenging yourself but with the understanding that you can change if something crops up.
4. Avoid Interruptions
Much easier to say than to do when your phone doesn’t stop ringing, the emails keep coming and someone always pops their head around the door to ask you something. When this happens, and it will. Bookmark yourself. Write a quick memo, with brief details of where you were and what you were doing. This way, when the interruption has gone again, you can just jump right back in where you left off.
Hopefully, this has shown you that stress can beaten with some very simple adjustments and a deep breath!