Quickly to complete the work on time, before deadlines and without delays, is the primary cause of a stressed-out. People spend all their energy by working under stress due to extreme pressures. The extent of stress becomes visible if one cannot maintain calm around the stressful situations. Can one reduce such situations in a workplace? Adopt the following five strategies for effective stress management in the workplace.
1. Schedule the Day for Energy and Focus
Most of us go through the day using a "push, push, push" approach. It is the thought that working the full eight to ten hours will get more work done. In fact, one doesn't realize his lower productivity levels because of stress and end up having a very little energy left over for his family.
Scheduling breaks throughout the day to walk, stretching at the desk or a breathing exercise can help. Studies have shown that the intense concentration for about 90 minutes, followed by a brief recovery period can eliminate stress accumulation.
2. Eat Right and Sleep Well
Poor eating habits lead to stress the body system and loss of sleep deprives a person of rejuvenating effects. Besides, a low-sugar and a high protein diet are recommended for effective stress management.
According to a survey, an estimated 60 million Americans are unable to get enough sleep, which is a critical recovery period for the body. Thoughts of work and pressure prevent from falling asleep. Such people wake up in the night and can't get back to sleep.
A simple breathing trick will help induce sleep. Cover the right nostril and breathe through the left for three to five minutes that help achieve calm and get back to sleep. Also, it will help the brain relax for a stress-free morning.
3. Identification of Self-Imposed Stress
An individual needs to identify self- imposing stress. It can be done by building upon confidence rather than seeking other's approval. An individual is too caught up in others' perceptions of them.
It is something beyond control, and it acts as a 'stress supplier.' Ironically, shifting the focus from others' perception of their work and focusing on the work itself, if one is more likely to impress them.
4. Influence Others
Everyone is responsible for their behavior and outlook. But we are still left dealing with other people's stressful behavior. It is crucial to confront problems with co-workers or employee by stating the bad behavior in a respectful tone.
Describe the impact on the team and the individual, and request a change. For example, situations of constant negativity can be addressed in this way:
"When you speak critically, others feel uncomfortable, and you are less likely to be seen as a leader, but request brings concerns directly in which you can talk them through."
Transferring the ownership of the problem can lead to resolved situations and help remain stress-free.
5. Prioritizing the Priorities
With throat-hanging deadlines and fast-changing priorities, it is critical to define what comes first. The answer to this requires clarity in decision making.
It's important to understand an individual's role in the organization, company's strategic priorities, and personal goals and strengths.
Best to manage the to-do list by focusing on projects which will have the most impact and are the best aligned with personal goals. Working in the direction with set-priorities will help with stress.
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