Work-related stress is being felt by all types of people from all over the world--whatever the industry, rank or socio-economic status. As a matter of fact, statistics reveal that 29% to 40% of people living in America are feeling extremely stressed at work. And since work occupies a great part of our lives, experiencing too much stress at work can create problems in other areas of our lives. It can create rifts in relationships, cause us to care less for ourselves and decrease the overall quality of our lives.
Apart from the consequences that I have just stated, stress at work can also bring about health issues--from simple infections such as cold and flu to more serious conditions such as cancer, depression and cardiovascular diseases. That's why, it is important that we know how to stop stress in the workplace. Here are some points you will need to consider:
1. Make it a point that you start your day right. What do you do at the beginning of your day? A lot of people are not mindful of this, but the level of stress you experience the whole day is considerably influenced by how your morning starts. Unfortunately, most of us have this stress-inducing morning routine. To decrease the level of stress you experience at work, start your day right by getting up early enough to calmly prepare for work, prepare yourself a healthy breakfast, have a calmer commute and get to your workplace with enough time to get settled and plan your day out.
2. Get a hobby. Most people have this idea that they need to give up a hobby when they get a serious job. Most people are inclined to believe that there are other more important things to do with their time than engage on a leisurely activity. But, this practice is disadvantageous as studies show that people who have hobbies are calmer, less stressed and are therefore more effecient at work. Furthermore, the study purports that you are less likely to dislike your workplace if you have something else to look forward to outside of it.
3. Be more organized. Being organized can greatly help stop stress levels from rising up at work. If you think that organizing just means having a clean and well-arranged work area then you're wrong with that. Aside from organizing your physical space, you should also organize your time and tasks. An organized workspace will keep you from suffering the negative effects of clutter while a well-managed time will make you more efficient.
4. Stay away from conflicts. It is vital that you avoid conflicts at work as much as possible because interpersonal conflict is difficult to escape and can take a toll on your physical and emotional health. To avoid unpleasant rifts between colleagues, do not gossip, do not share too many of your personal opinions about religion and politics, and try to steer clear of colorful office humor. It will also help if you try to avoid those people who have a reputation of always getting into conflicts. But, if ever you find yourself in the middle of a conflict, be quick to employ conflict resolution strategies.