How to Cope with Stress During the Working Day
In the world where people need to work hard to get by, it is important to separate work from ordinary life. Sometimes hardworking people have a hard time not to bring their work home to their families, but it is even more often when people find it difficult to keep their everyday troubles from interfering with their professional career. Depending on the occupation, the source of the majority of anxiety and stress comes from the places not related to the job at all. The appearance of such issues may result in lower productivity, worsening of the relationship with colleagues and authority and even losing the job.
So, what should one do if confronted with something like that? We already touched upon the subject of relaxation after the work, so we shall look at the measures that one should take so that the work result will be unaltered. We are also excluding the bad habits, such as smoking and eating unhealthy food. Here are a few strategies that might help in a stressful situation on work.
It may sound a little bit ironic, but for many people, increasing the effort on their job can help them to get through with troubles that they face while working. They build walls around themselves and find salvation in multiple hours of hard work. Though we definitely don’t encourage anyone to ignore their life issues, concentrating all forces on working for some period of time may be helpful. Figuratively speaking, one can ‘rest’ from the bothering issues, while putting as much as they can into work, so that they wouldn’t even have time to think about anything but the job. Knowing that there are issues that are waiting for some kind of resolution, one will try and redirect thoughts and efforts on the tasks of the job. In this case, working environment can work as some kind of retreat from troubles. Then, after finishing the working day, it will be easier to bear with various disturbances, as the mind will already be set for thinking and finding solutions.
However, it is not always a perfect solution and a person should be careful enough not to ignore any issues when working. While everyday problems shouldn’t be a priority over work (in most cases), work definitely shouldn’t be more important than those issues as well. Everything should be balanced out – an appropriate amount of time should be spent on one subject, then on the other.
Communication with other people is crucial not only for dealing with bad situations, but also for preventing stress and depression. Many psychiatrists argue that conversation is the best cure for any mental or psychological problem. That’s why the therapies with experts in those fields are on high demand. While working, however, it is not always possible to chat with a colleague any time you’d like, that’s why the breaks are obligatory. During the breaks, a person should not smile and pretend that he’s happy, when he’s not. Every member of the staff should feel free to speak up about his or her difficulties in life, especially if those occur while working. Even if nobody will be capable of giving a proper advice, a person will feel more relieved after saying everything that he/she has to say.
The situation is not always that simple. A lot of times, bosses don’t think about the anxiety of their employees. If that is the case, workers should approach the managers or supervisors with the idea that the collective listening of people’s worries might increase the productivity and the mood of workers.
Many believe that some people are less emotional and stressful than the others and are very puzzled about their ability to always find an escape from stress. The truth is, each one of us is emotional and full of feelings, but the most significant issue about any stressful situation is not the event itself, it’s our attitude towards it.
A lot of people, when confronted with a sudden trouble, feel confused and that they’re not controlling the situation. They often find it difficult to manage their behavior and outburst of emotions as well. It is crucial not to let the situation overwhelm you, you should always be the master of the situation. That’s why it is important to teach oneself to act and not react. Instead of shouting or throwing your hands in the air out of rage, one should think about the things that he/she can do in the situation and what aspects are possible to control. Although the situation can be so daunting that it may seem hopeless, the reality is often better than it seems. Some psychologists argue that if people decide to carefully and calmly organize their actions in anxious situations, they can at least control themselves, which is roughly 50% of the solution. It can vary from on issue to another, but it is still highly advisable to be reasonable, before being emotional.
If some problems occur not once, or stress is bothering you at work time and time again, it would be advisable to find out why is it happening and get to the bottom of it. The reasons for stress are usually connected with ordinary life issues, such as family matters. In those cases, it would be wise to find the best way of dealing with this kind of stress, by analyzing each of its occurrences.
Analyzing those situations are also great for getting to know yourself a little bit better. By looking at the situation after some time, in a calm environment and at peace with oneself, it is easy to compare what was done and what should have been done. After doing so, you have to come to a certain conclusion and repeatedly remind yourself about it. By keeping all that in mind, one can gradually adjust oneself to the situation and reduce the negative impact of it on work.
At the end of the day, the most important thing about managing your day at work is the balance. A worker should be working hard, but not too hard, enough amount of time should be spent on resting, but not an extensive amount. The same with stress, it can sometimes be harmless or pretty usual when working, but a constant experience of stress is never fine. Appropriately, the cause of many stress situations at work is the lack of the topic of this clause – balance.
When confronted with anxiety at work, one should firstly determine whether it is caused by it or not. If it is caused by work, it’s vital to reorganize your daily schedule, so that you wouldn’t over-commit yourself and feel even more stressed out than you already are. At the same time, a lunch break or coffee time shouldn’t be longer than the time needed for you to be recharged for work again. By balancing all the necessary activities at work between each other, workers will find it easier to work during dark periods in their lives and will be able to prevent any further work-related stress.
To conclude, there are many ways to deal with stress without sacrificing your productivity and work effort. The main thing is to find a will to try any of these strategies (or all of them) and get through with stress, depression, everyday life and your occupation. Stress at work can be devastating, but giving up should never be an option.
Guest Author: Ilya Lakisevs
Author bio: Ilya Lakisevs, the author of this text does not encourage people who experience stress at work to limit themselves with only these options. If a worker feels like the situation is more serious than he or she is capable to handle, a specialist should be contacted immediately.