Stress at the workplace is as common a phenomenon as the sun rising. The pressure to meet a deadline, meeting expectations, appraisals and bosses. You name it and there is a situation that causes stress. A Towers Watson survey says stress is the number one lifestyle risk factor, preceding physical inactivity and obesity. The top three reasons for stress at the workplace are 1.Unclear or conflicting job expectations 2.Lack of support/uneven workload 3.Lack of work life balance How to cope with stress
Experts agree that whatever be the reason for stress, it’s your reaction to stress that triggers it. Squishing a stress ball rarely works. You have to take definitive steps to deal with stress.
Exercise at least 3 times a week – a brisk walk in the neighbourhood, going to the gym, swimming or yoga are sure fire ways of dealing with stress. Analyze what gives you joy and happiness. Turning up the music system and dancing is all that may be needed. Whatever form of activity you do, make sure you stick to a schedule.
Have an active social life – connecting with friends and family gives you an opportunity to share your concerns in a safe, non-judgmental forum. Take time out for a movie, or dinner with your partner. Surround yourself with positive people.
Learn a new skill – learning a new skill gives you a sense of achievement and boosts confidence. So sign up for a cooking course, or dust off that guitar lying in the corner.
Do volunteer work – helping your community improves your mental wellbeing and makes you feel good about yourself. Spending time with the elderly, or children enriches you and gives you a fresh perspective on life.
Have gratitude – Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough. Remember, you can have it all. Just not all at once.
Breathe – When a stressful situation overwhelms you, it’s the simplest thing you can do. Just stop and take a deep breath. Remind yourself that this moment is the only moment you know you have for sure.