5 Ways of Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Stress is something that everyone has had to deal with at some stage in his or her life, whether it was at school studying for an exam, on the sports field dealing with a harsh coach, or at work when you have a tight deadline. Small amounts of stress may help you get motivated at times, but too much stress could be seriously harmful to you & your health!
Eradicating all stress in the workplace is impossible, but we can find ways to limit , manage and deal with it.

Here are 5 simple methods to help you manage stress in the workplace:

Get Organized
All that clutter on your desk just adds to your stress. Working at a messy desk or office is not helpful when you need a specific document and you can’t find it under all the clutter. You need to try your best to keep your desk organised and everything needs to have its own place. Start off small by organising your pens and pencils into a holder or your documents into different piles.

Set Yourself Realistic Goals
We should always set goals for ourselves so that we can accomplish everything that needs to be completed. However these goals need to be realistic and achievable. Stress can often rear its ugly head, when we fail to meet unattainable goals. It’s good to be ambitious, but you try break down your goals into smaller and more realistic goals that are more achievable, so that when you do accomplish them, your confidence goes up and your stress levels come down.

Prioritize the Important Things
You may feel under big pressure with a high volume of work & short deadlines– this is where your focus needs to be on prioritising on what is most important or urgent first. Have a look at everything that needs to be done and rank them in an order from what is most crucial at that time to the least. When you have a set order for your tasks, it will all seem less intimidating. Once the more urgent tasks are completed, the rest will become a lot easier to complete and you will feel more confident about finishing them all.

Socialize with your Co-workers
Your co-workers are a big part of your workplace, and can strongly influence your attitude & stress. Take a look at the relationships you have with your co-workers and see whether you are friendly with everyone in the office or if you hide behind your computer screen all day, avoiding eye contact. Remember you influence those around you and your attitude will affect others as theirs affects you. Make an effort to get to know the people you work with and have an understanding of the work each person does to create a cohesion and and a better work environment for all. You don't have to be a social butterfly and head down to the local pub with them, but try chatting with them around the watercooler can help everyone relax. Communication plays a big part in understanding one another and learning how to work as a team. By establishing how you can help someone else with a task, helps lower his or her stress levels, ultimately creates a better work environment for everyone. The workplace needs to be a positive environment where everyone gets along so that nobody feels stressed – remember “ Teamwork Makes The Dream Work”

Schedule Breaks for Yourself
One of the biggest factors that will negatively influence your stress is non-stop work. If you sit in your chair all day staring at a computer screen, you will become very stressed out and demotivated. Everyone needs to take a break from work every now and again. The breaks you take don’t need to be long ones; just go outside for a few moments and breathe some fresh air, take a walk with a friend at work, go out to grab some coffee or food. These breaks can help you feel more refreshed when you return and gives your brain a break from whatever you’re working on. At the end of the day, these breaks will make you more productive,and can help you think more clearly about things.

In conclusion, keeping your desk organised, setting achievable goals, prioritizing all your tasks, connecting with your work colleagues and ensure you take time out for yourself are just a few small things that can greatly reduce stress.

Andrew Taylor
Operations Manager
The No Nonsense Group