MP Message / Professional Development

Reducing Stress At Work

MP MessageAs part of my professional growth, I enjoy reading books, blogs and newsletters on topics related to doing better in the workplace. I recently read a post shared through the Dale Carnegie organization, whose founder is the world renown American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. I thought you would appreciate the content.

In this day-and-age, the workplace can be seriously stressful. It seems like more and more is expected often with fewer staff members to do the work. And what about those times when things do not go exactly as planned — are you prepared to handle the unexpected during the workday? Improve Your Resilience! We all know that when people are over-worked and over-stressed, not only will the quality of their work suffer, but so will their well-being. But how do you prepare yourself and improve your resilience? To survive, we all need to rejuvenate, revitalize and recharge (the key elements to avoiding job burnout). Here are some helpful tips to consider:

7 Tips On How To Reduce Stress At Work:

  1. Prioritize – Learning how to prioritize is not always easy, but it is vital. Write a to do list and organize each item according to its importance. You can feel good when you check things off the list knowing you are on track.
  2. Just Breathe – If you feel yourself getting stressed or angry, take a minute to step back and take a deep breath before reacting. Think things through and really assess the situation. Keeping a calm demeanor is good for everyone.
  3. Avoid Negative People – Are there people in your life that like to sabotage others? Saboteurs can be co-workers, friends or family members who will unknowingly drain you with their negativity. You also want to try to avoid people who are too demanding of your time and energy.
  4. Take Breaks – Taking frequent breaks, even if it is just for five minutes, can be very helpful. Listen to some music or get up from your desk and take a stretch. Step outside for some fresh air and get the blood flowing through your legs. Take a brisk walk.
  5. Plan A Trip – You might not currently have the ability to take a vacation, but if you plan for a trip in advance, you are more likely to take it. Do not use the excuse that you are just “too busy” to get away.
  6. Know Your Limits – If you cannot possibly take on any more work, then speak with your supervisor on how to manage your workload. If you cannot handle it all, you are not going to have the time or the energy to do your best, your work will suffer, and you run the risk of burnout.
  7. Take Care Of You – Do not underestimate the importance of taking care of yourself. It might seem counter-intuitive to add something to your already giant to do list, but working out and eating properly should be a #1 priority. The time when we are the most stressed is precisely when we need proper nutrition, so think ahead, plan your meals and schedule a time to exercise. Avoid stocking your desk drawer with junk food, and avoid putting off exercising until tomorrow.

The health and wellness of our Withum team members if very important to us. Do not underestimate the importance of taking care of your emotional health in the workplace. If you are stressed out, your work will suffer. These simple tips will help you fight off stress in the workplace, and keep your physical, mental and emotional health in check during stressful situations.

Have a happy and healthy week!

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