The workplace is a source of stress in most people’s lives. The good news is, you’re not helpless when it comes to workplace stress. Successfully managing job stress can help your professional and personal life. Here are a few ways you can take charge of workplace stress.
Know your triggers
Your personality, experiences and other distinct characteristics all affect the way you react to and address stress. Scenarios and events that are stressful for your co-workers might not bother you. Conversely, you might be especially sensitive to certain stressors that don’t seem to annoy others.
To get a handle on workplace stress, you need to identify the things that really bother you, also known as your triggers.
Make an effort to document situations, events and individuals who cause you to have a strong physical or emotional response. Write down the details of each situation, including information about where you were, who was involved, your reaction and how you felt.
Then evaluate your trigger inventory. You might discover evident causes of stress, like the threat of getting fired or hypocrisy from a co-worker. You might also notice simple but chronic causes of stress, like a lack of sleep or a particular person.
Tackle your triggers
Once you’ve recognized your triggers, think about each scenario or event and come up with ways to resolve it.
For example, if you get stressed out at the end of the day trying to get out on time so you can pick up your child from school, you could set up an after-school carpool with other parents or see if you can flex your schedule.
Frequently, the best way to handle stress is to come up with a way to modify the conditions that are causing it.
Hone your time-management skills
Along with treating stress triggers, strengthening time-management skills can help to lower stress, particularly if you have a tendency to feel bogged down or under pressure while at the office.
One way to improve your time management skills is to set goals that are as realistic as possible. Collaborate with colleagues and managers to set practical targets and deadlines. Establish regular progress reviews and change your goals as required.
Another great time management technique is to make a list of tasks and rate them according to priority. During the day, have a look at your list and focus on tasks in order of priority.
Keep things in perspective
When you have a stressful work situation, it can feel like it takes over your whole life: You can’t fully enjoy your free time with others and you have trouble sleeping at night.
If this happens, you need to put work into perspective. Talk with colleagues or trusted friends about the size of the problems you are facing. Take a long holiday. Even visiting a therapist can help you put your work problems into perspective and allow you to make more informed choices moving forward.
At Action Group Staffing, we have many job opportunities available for workers looking to get out of a stressful situation. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help.