Workplace stress is problematic for everyone, whether you own the business, run the business or just work in the business. Unfortunately, facing high levels of stress isn’t just negative at a personal level.
When everyone in a business is feeling a lot of stress, it tends to lead to problems with productivity and morale, and it can contribute to a toxic environment.
Unfortunately for a lot of us when it comes to coping with stress, we may turn to less than healthy habits that only make things worse.
There are some obvious healthy ways to manage stress, for example instead of smoking cigarettes consider vaping and using e-liquid, or instead of overeating, think about taking a walk around the building, but what about other ways to deal with the pressure you’re feeling at work?
Rely on Social Contact
Whether you’re an entrepreneur responsible for managing a large amount of start-up funding, or you’re an employee of a business, when you feel stress at work it can be easy to feel like you want to turn inward.
A lot of us don’t want to talk to others about what we’re feeling because it can come off like complaining, or we can feel like we’re putting our problems on other people, but social support can help a lot when you’re feeling the pressures of work.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to people in the workplace, make sure that you’re relying on your friends and family outside of work when things are feeling tough at work. The more isolated you are, the more vulnerable you are to the downsides of stress and anxiety.
Focus on Today
A lot of us get incredibly overwhelmed when we try to think too far in the future about any aspect of our lives, and that includes business and work. Every day when you go into your office create a list of manageable tasks that need to be completed and put your focus on those.
Thinking too far into the future isn’t helpful, and it’s just going to distract from your productivity at the moment.
Keep A Journal of Stressors
Sometimes the triggers responsible for your stress at work are avoidable, but you may not even know what they are.
Start keeping a record of the situations where you feel the most stressed at work. For example, maybe it’s dealing with a certain coworker or being in a particular environment.
When you can identify your triggers at work, you can either avoid them, or you can start planning ways to deal with them more effectively before going into a situation where they’ll be present.
Finally, people today tend to feel tremendous amounts of work stress, starting with business owners and trickling down to all employees. A lot of this is because there are no work boundaries because of technology.
You may feel like you don’t ever get a reprieve from work to let yourself unwind because you’re constantly connected. It’s important no matter your role in your workplace that you set boundaries and stick with them. When you feel like your work life bleeds heavily into your personal life, it’s impossible to avoid high levels of stress.