Six Ways to Control Your Workplace Stress
Tired of stressing out at work? Three studies that span more than a decade show findings that are very much the same. It looks like learning to control the environment may be the key. Or, at least, a really good place to start.
The three studies done about workplace stress demonstrate the overlap with control of the situation and the stressor. They identified workplace stress as the interaction between workers and their environment.
Dealing with control issues will require some introspection—working from the inside out. This takes time, but the payoff is big. Here’s a step-by-step plan to take control of workplace stress. Some of them take place outside the workplace, but it’s all a part of the overall goal; you’ll see.
1. Take control of your own schedule and give yourself permission to get enough sleep. Everyone’s talking about sleep these days, but it’s key. Lack of sleep can become an excuse for bad performance, irritable moods, and lack of concentration. Start going to bed five or 10 minutes earlier and see how you feel. Keep adding minutes till you wake up feeling refreshed. Now you know your target.
2. Take control of your morning and eat breakfast. Don’t skip this one! It doesn’t have to be a big deal, just something simple and nutritious with some coffee or juice. This can take about 15 minutes and will change how you feel and the tone of your entire day.
3. Take control of your workday and set aside a few minutes every hour or so to regroup. This will give you a chance to rest your eyes and take some strain off your brain. You have the power to do this. Even if you work “on the clock,” you get a break and it’s up to you how you use it. Make it simple. Just stroll around your building or the parking lot.
4. Take control of a people issue and put the “team” back into “teamwork.” When you need help or want to consult on a project or problem, do it! Try not to become isolated or feel like you have to have all the answers. Working with your coworkers to solve a problem or just work out a small detail can make all the difference.
5. Take control of your obsession to be flawless and leave perfectionism to those who never want to finish a job—ever. Setting unrealistic goals only leads to long hours, stress, and frustration. Do what you are hired to do and the best job that you can, but be realistic.
6. Take control of your health and sprinkle in some exercise anywhere you can. Do what you enjoy and remember to change it up once in a while to keep it fun. And, the added bonus here is you will be healthier overall, and that is a stress buster right there.
You can do this! Just work slowly through the list. Workplace stress didn’t happen overnight, so to learn how to deal with it will take some time too. Be patient with the process as you take control of your life!