Stress Management in the Office

By: Kimberly Joan S. Nuque

Stress isn’t always bad. A little bit of stress can help you to concentrate, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. In today’s chaotic world, the workplace too often seems like an emotional roller coaster. Long hours, tight deadlines, and ever-increasing demands can leave you feeling anxious, shattered, and speechless. And when stress exceeds your ability to manage, it stops being helpful and starts causing damage to your mind and body as well as to your job satisfaction. The following are tips for the effective way of managing stress in the workplace: (

1. Beat workplace stress by reaching out

The best stress-reducer is simply sharing your stress with someone who could boost your mood. The act of speaking out and getting support and understanding especially face-to-face can be a highly-effective way of releasing your stress and regaining your sense of calm. Having a solid support system at work can help safeguard you from the negative effects of job stress.

2. Support your health with exercise and nutrition

When you’re desperately focused on work, it’s easy to disregard your physical health. But when you’re supporting your health with good nutrition and exercise, you’re stronger and more buoyant to stress. And when you are overly stress at work, try to take a quick break and move away from the stressful situation. Take a stroll outside the workplace if possible. Physical movement can help you redeem your balance.

3. Stay away from Conflict

It’s a good idea to stay away from conflict at work. That means avoid gossip, don’t share too many of your personal opinions about religion and politics, and try to steer clear of colorful office humor.

4. Be Comfortable

Another surprising stressor at work is physical awkwardness. You may not notice that you are undergoing stress when you’re in an uncomfortable chair for a few minutes. But if you are in that chair when you’re at work, you can have a sore back and be more reactive to stress because of it. Even small things like office noise can be distracting and cause inferior frustration.

5. Take time to recharge

Take time off to relax and unwind, so you come back to work feeling refreshed and ready to perform at your best. When you’re not able to take time off, get a quick break by turning off your smartphone and focusing your attention on non-work activities for a while.

It would be great if we could simply evade or abolish the stressors in our lives. Unfortunately, that’s only possible to a scope, and there will be times in life when we are all faced with erratic or inevitable stressors, when we need to rely on flexibility. You may not be able to change everything in your life, but these tips can help you to adjust more easily to stressful situations you may face.