Whether it’s due to work overload or immense pressure from the manager, people can suffer from stress at work and find it hard to control it. As a result, this can end up diminishing their job performance.
Suffering from stress at work? Don’t worry; here are six ways to overcome it.
Think about and write down what exactly is causing you to stress out at work. Do you feel overwhelmed with the amount of work you have to do? Are you finding it hard to work with a particular colleague? By finding the root of your stress, it will be easier to find a solution to it.
This may sound daunting but if you are suffering from stress at work, it is best to talk to your boss, who should be able to help you get better. As an employee, it is important that you are in good health to produce good work. Before speaking to your boss, plan what you want to say and make sure you speak in a professional manner no matter how emotional you may feel. Remember, your boss is not your therapist but your superior who wants you to work to the best of your ability. If you don’t have a manager who is willing to help you, speak to an employee representative or union officer.
One of the reasons why you may feel stressed at work is because you keep saying ‘yes’ to lots of tasks. One of the reasons for this may be that fear that you will be judged badly if you say ‘no’ to doing more tasks, even if you are already overwhelmed. In order to resolve this, learn to say ‘no’ when you know you are already overwhelmed with work, and try to work with another colleague so the both of you can work together to get the tasks done.
When you are under a lot of pressure, focus on what is most important and think positively about the situation. One of the biggest triggers of stress is negative thinking, so try your best to avoid it. No matter what situation you are in, find the good in it, as there is always a good thing that comes out of every situation. Also, make sure you don’t take your job home with you! Have a hobby or do something fun so that you can relax and completely de-stress from your day at work.
Even if it is just for five minutes, make sure you take a break at least every hour. You’ll see how refreshed your mind will feel and you’ll be less likely to stress out. Another way to relax is to eat healthily and to get a good night’s sleep every day.
If you are unhappy in your current job and it’s causing you a lot of stress, leave. Your health and well-being is much more important. Staying in a job that makes you unhappy will cause you to lose confidence in your abilities and you’ll find it harder to leave and look for something else. It is possible to have a job that you feel comfortable in and enjoy; you just have to go out there and look!
We also offer helpful meetings and advice on how to overcome stress. If you would like to talk to an adviser, please call our 24hr helpline on 020 7686 6000.