January 24, 2019

Understanding workplace stress and dealing with it

Picture this: You have hit your alarm on snooze for a long time to discover that you are already running late to work. In a jiffy, you just get ready for the sake of it and start stumbling upon everything that you come across on your way to work. And somehow you make it to your workplace. And now, one of your colleagues has called in sick at a very important time of your project delivery. Which means you have double the workload. Your boss is already stressed and you are going to be tasting his words today. My hands are already sweating and so I stop it here with picturing.

Now, how bad does this sound? I’m sure you wouldn’t want your enemy also to experience this, right?

Apparently this is an extreme scenario, but most of us are spending more of our time at work. This has happily kept us away from concentrating on anything else. And this lifestyle has given rise to a new equation, work = stress.

Aren’t you worried about your unhealthy lifestyle? It is highly imperative that we get this set right as soon as possible.

Origin of Stress

Workload – According to the famous Forbes.com, the normal professional deals between 30 and 100 projects on an average. A study has indicated that the employees are cut in on an average of seven times every hour and diverted for over 2 hours in a day! With a never-ending to-do list on your palate and continual external distractions, it is certainly difficult to get things done. For a few, leaving their daily tasks undone is daunting, and you can imagine how much trauma it can have induced when the daily tasks are constantly half done or undone at all.

Co-workers – Unless you are working from home or virtually, high chances are that your co-workers will unquestionably contribute to your stress levels. While you may get along with most of your colleagues, every workplace has its own share of drama and that inevitably welcomes you into the stress zone.

Work/life balance – The lion’s share concern of working parents today is the work/life balance. It is hard for so many people – youngsters, parents, singles, relationships – to find the time with their near and dear ones and to convincingly juggle between all of their duties. But, it’s hardest to not carry the stress from one area of your life to another.

Effects of Stress

Reduced Productivity – When you are stressed or in anxiety, it is apparent that you are not 100% effective. Your anxiety and the fear in form of stress bolsters your distractibility and lessens productivity, and that means you will take long hours to complete your work and no wonder the work that you produce may not be your best. It is because you completed it in your disturbed mental state.

Physical and psychological symptoms – Stress in the office not only takes a toll on your psychological health but deteriorates your physical health as well.

Dealing with Stress

Meditation – The benefits of meditation are profuse, but the prime is: meditation makes you more productive. Meditation teaches you on how to eschew distractions. There are a lot of meditation techniques but you have to just focus on practicing any meditation. It’s not important as to how you meditate but imperative that you DO meditate. You can find several meditation methods online, so just get started.

Breathing – It’s easy to get lost in the daily grind and not beware of cues from your body. Enduring a couple of deep inhalation and slow exhalation will work wonders immediately on your overall stress levels. This way, each part in your body will get to relax before it ges ready to take the next big hit.

Stretching – Becoming a non-productive couch potato when you are stressed in inevitable. Set your alarm to stretch your body once every hour and this will supply your body with enough oxygen and blood to make you fresh.

Just Get Moving -If your brain is feeling tired, try moving away from your seat by taking a quick walk. It can be anywhere within your permission granted area. Getting out of your chair a few times every day will give you a much-needed change of scenery.

Take Breaks – There’s a reason why jobs provide tea/lunch breaks. Doing a small yet interesting activity during your break times will rejuvenate you. It will also help you complete more work because your brain is laid off from its dozy state. To increase productivity and keep your energy levels up, you do need to take shorts breaks during the day.

Follow this regime and you will not get to picture the starting of this blog.

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