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Dealing with workplace stress

A little bit of stress in the workplace can be a healthy catalyst for getting stuff done.

However, if squeezing on a stress ball isn’t working out for you, you’ve probably got a little too much of the needed dose.

How is this a bad thing? For one, stress can take a toll on your productivity, your emotional and physical well-being, your relationships and your life in general (that’s more than one but anyway).

Let’s set that stress ball down on the desk. Let that crumpled, wrinkled, abused, oppressed stress ball take a much needed break. Lay your head back for a little while.

Take five, maybe ten minutes. Take a lovely, little breather and think it all through…

If you can’t do that because the anxiety and stress is eating you up from the inside, clamping down like a pair of pliers around your heart, then you probably need to see a doctor.

If you can however, you should try and take a few minutes to take charge of your health before it all comes to a head.

Now, here are some things that you can do to extinguish this fire.

Take a deep breath

First of all, with your head reclined on the backrest, take a deep breath. Count five seconds on the inhale, hold for five seconds and count five seconds on the exhale. Repeat this a few times and just focus on the ins and outs of every breath.

You are not perfect, you are not invincible

Realize that you are stressed out. You are because you’re human. You are not invincible. You are not perfect. Nobody is. Accept it. In accepting it, you will find stress easier to deal with. In avoiding it, well, you’re just chasing your own tail.

Change your lifestyle

If you find that stress is taking a toll on you physically then remember, ‘you are what you eat’…

Begin to watch your diet, sleep well, spend some extra time at the gym, exercise or do some yoga. When you’re outside the office, really take your mind and your body with you.

Get organized

Finally, plan out tasks and prioritize where your time will be spent at work.

Create a schedule, jot down entries in a journal, all while setting goals that are achievable and measurable…

Organize yourself but do not overstretch unless you foresee a one-way ticket to the doctor in your near future all because you thought nothing could stop you if you wrote it all down in a schedule.

Above all remember, de-stressing shouldn’t be a stressor in itself. Some of these steps are easier said than done but in order to make them work they require consistency. Overcome stress one step at a time and keep going at it because sometimes the easiest thing you can change is yourself.


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