Coping with work related stress

Headaches, high blood pressure, and heart problems. These are just three side effects of stress.

But what is it that’s causing you to feel stressed?

In most instances work is to blame. There are deadlines to meet, client’s to impress, responsibilities to adhere to – it can all become too much, which in turn can have a serious impact on your health.

It’s important to manage stress levels, but how do you do it?

Plan ahead

A common cause of stress at work is the feeling that you’re losing grip of everything; projects are mounting and you can’t get a handle on each and every task. This is why so many people advocate creating a to-do list for each day. Plan out and prioritise tasks so that the minute you walk in the office, you know what jobs need to be complete.

And stay on task. If the project’s starting to fall behind schedule, speak to managers and bosses to let them know. Keeping them in the dark when a project is falling behind is only going to cause you more pain further down the line.

A tidy desk

This may seem a little trivial, but it’s not to be ignored. If you work on a cluttered, unorganised desk then it’s going to make you feel stressed.

Tidy desk, tidy mind.

Set aside 15 minutes each week to give everything a clear out. It’ll help you remain focused and in turn, less stressed.

Identify the issues

If you can pinpoint one part of the day or one task that doubles your stress levels, then you’ve taken the first step towards reducing the problem. Think about your job and consider what it is exactly that gets you worked up.

From there, you can speak to your superiors about finding a resolution. Or, you can take action and go about the job differently to better manage stress levels.

Take care of yourself

It’s all very well and good that you’re preparing for your projects, identifying issues in your day to day role, and keeping your desk tidy. But you’re still going to struggle with stress if you aren’t taking care of your body. A healthy breakfast, a goodnight’s sleep, and regular exercise are the best ways to help you relax and remain calm.

Remember, stress can have serious implications on your health. Don’t overlook it and except it as part of your job. Do something about it. Manage it. Deal with it.