How to Manage Stress at Work

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Beating deadlines, work demands piling up, peer pressures to name a few are contributing factors of stress. In this modern life, stress is so inevitable that it has become a lifestyle. The place of work is one of the most notable stress contributors for all individuals.
How to manage stress at work
Stress can be mental, physical or emotional strain in terms of its physical and physiological effects on an individual. A situation, issue or tension in some degree can also cause stress.

Stress is a normal physical response to cases that in some way make you feel susceptible or distress your stability. On the other hand, stress in small doses can give you a good kick – the type that can give you that presence of mind to complete a task and motivate you to face the challenge with the best foot forward is the positive side of stress.

Signs of stress

  • Anxiety on a lot of things
  • Poor judgment
  • Endless worrying
  • Difficulty to think and concentrate
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability and short temperedness
  • Unstable sleeping patterns
  • Memory problem
  • Body aches and pains
  • Dizziness
  • Queasiness
  • Food binging
  • Lack of confidence
  • Tension
  • Fatigue

Health problems caused by stress

  1. Obesity
  2. Heart problems
  3. Skin disorders
  4. Sleep problems
  5. Body pain of any type
  6. Depression
  7. Digestive problems

High stress levels have been associated to

  1. Depression
  2. Impaired immune response
  3. Musculoskeletal problems
  4. Anxiety
  5. Cardiovascular disease
  6. Cancer

Factors that causes stress

  • Job security and stability
  • Family problems
  • Conflict with co-workers
  • Pressure on deadlines
  • Unfavorable workplace (noisy, crowded etc.)
  • Management harassment
  • Toxic work setting
  • Extensive hours at work

Here are some quick and easy ways to manage stress at work and become more productive

  1. Observe yourself of any changes (mood swings, body aches etc.)
  2. Get organized
  3. Don’t drink too much caffeine
  4. Take multi-vitamins
  5. Snack on fruits and veggies
  6. Stretch even while at your desk
  7. Don’t eat your lunch at your desk
  8. Free your mind from too much thinking and distractions
  9. Get enough lots of sleep
  10. Get some fresh air
  11. Think positive
  12. Indulge in a good body massage
  13. Devote a good “ME” time
  14. Smile and get a good laugh

Don’t let stress get in your way. You have all the reasons to avoid stress and have a healthy life. Managing stress is not like popping up a pill, you have to work for it. By doing so, you will have your energy, health and life back in track.

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