How do you handle work place stress?

How do you handle work place stress?

A good level of workplace stress can motivate and push you to get a job done well. However too much and not only can your work be affected negatively, so too can your health. Stress can hit anyone at any level of a business, regardless of sectors, job or industries. That is why all employees should be aware of workplace stress, how to deal with it and their limitations.
KennedyPearce have combined a list of best practices to help you deal with stress.

Manage your time better: 

Lack of time is one of the biggest stressors for people in the work place. If you are going through a busy period at work where you feel you have too much to do and too little time, then you need to assess your time management skills. Like any skill, the more you work at it, the more you’ll improve. “If only there was a blog post on improving my time management skills,” – we hear you say! Well the good news is, KennedyPearce have already covered that in a previous blog

Make time to do what you love:

It’s so much easier to manage peak times at work and the extra pockets of stress when the rest of your life is filled with activities that you love. Make sure you incorporate one or two hobbies into your week. Not only will doing something you love release those happy endorphins and make you feel on top of the world, but it will also keep you distracted from work and give you a well deserved rest from the stress involved.

Don’t sweat the small stuff:

Each individual has a different way of dealing with stress and each individual has a different opinion on what is deemed stressful. What you view as a stressful situation may not be the case with another individual. The key is to prioritise and put your work into perspective. There’s no point getting stressed over the small stuff because when the big stressors come, you may be overloaded! Breathing exercises can help calm you. Take the time to take a deep breath and exhale all the little stresses you have. Many workers also find making lists help. If you’re overloaded with work, prioritising that work in order of most urgent with lists is key. You may even find that as you begin to cross of that list, your stress levels start to decline too. The more you practice being in control, the less stressed out you’ll become.

Take care of yourself:

During busy periods at work which cause heightened stress levels, make sure you’re taking care of yourself so you have a better chance at coping. Simple things such as eating right and making sure you get enough sleep every night can help you through. Take note of our second point and try not to let work get in the way of your hobby time or your exercise regime during peak times. After all a healthy body is a healthy mind.

Speak out:

If the previous tips aren’t helping and you’re still feeling stressed out then it you are probably taking on too much work. This is the time to speak out to your manager. Workplace stress is something that is often linked with poor management. If you’re extremely busy and your boss asks you to do more, you can say no. But do this by outlining your reasons in a specific, measurable way, always offering a solution. Make your manager aware of the work level you have and be realistic with time scales. For example, explain to your manage that you are busy with x and y this week but next week you will have the time to look at z.
If all else fails and your work and stress levels are not relenting then its important to ask for a cut down in work or someone else to help you. After all you will get no points from your manager if you’re burnt out submitting sloppy work because of the levels of stress you are under.

Learn to recognise the physical effects of stress  and do something about it before it makes you really ill…


What do you find works best to calm you when you are stressed at work? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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