Tips on how to beat workplace stress

Tips on how to beat workplace stress

Sophie Peers 30.10.2017

Stress. It’s as much a part of our modern day office as paperclips, coffee runs and conference calls. Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress.

 Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfil a challenging requirement. But when work related stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming - and harmful to both your physical and emotional health. 

So, how do we start to tackle a problem that has so much sway over our well-being and overall health?

Good stress management in the workplace is critical. I recently read an article on how successful people handle toxic people by Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and president at TalentSmart.  TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and they’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. One of their greatest gifts is the ability to neutralise toxic people. Top performers have well-honed coping strategies that they employ to keep toxic people at bay-.

Think about your professional life, your work place, your colleagues and peers and how it all affects your personal life. Now think again, how do you deal with it? To deal with stress and challenging situations effectively you need a formula that will enable you to succeed. 

Here are some helpful tips: 

  • Eat well and sleep well
     
  • Move. The best way to burn off the stress hormones is to move and sweat. Run, dance, jump, power-walk, do some yoga or pilates
     
  • Set clear boundaries for your day
     
  • Be your own best critic
     
  • Disconnect over the weekend
     
  • Spend 80% of your time focusing on a solution
     
  • Make sure you take time to do what you love to do
     
  • Stay on track by asking yourself questions every day, like:
    • What is the most important thing I can do right now?
    • Is doing this bringing me closer to my goal?
       
  • Identify self-imposed stress. If you’re too caught up in others’ perceptions of you, which you can’t control, you become stressed out. Ironically, once you shift your focus from others’ perception of your work to the work itself, you’re more likely to impress them.
     
  • And the most important... breathe! Release the stress, calm your mind and body down and reconnect with the present moment again by fully focusing on your breathing. Breathe with your belly for just 1-2 minutes and focus only on the air you are breathing in and out.
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Manager | Risk Management & Compliance
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