How to avoid Stress at work
Stress at work in most cases is inevitable. That is just life in the working world. However, a poor response to stressors can have serious repercussions on your health and well-being. This is why we must take steps to avoid stress at work and not be buried by it. Every day we will be faced with stressors. A healthy person recognizes the stressors at work and takes steps avoid being a victim of them.
Here are some tips for avoiding stress at work:
Get plenty of rest each night. When we have not had the proper amount of sleep, we tend to react to stressors sometimes more than necessary. In other words, we have a tendency to "blow things out of proportion".
Realize that there are some things that you cannot control. If you fear a job loss at work yet you are a model employee, it would be best that you drop that fear. Many times model employees lose their jobs due to absolutely no fault of their own. It's just that the company could no longer either afford or utilize the person's services. When we worry about things we cannot control, this produces stress.
Avoid overtime if you can
Don't work too many hours. In most professions, some overtime is necessary but if you find yourself working most of your waking hours then you are working too much. This produces stress. Learn to say "no" even to your boss if you have to. If your boss doesn't like it then maybe you need to find another job to avoid stress at work. Of course, if you are being well rewarded for your over time then it might not be easy to say no.
Step away from stressful situations if you can. You might be faced with a deadline and folks keep visiting your desk to get a status report. You want to just fire back and say "If you would leave me alone I might just get it done!" This, however, would only make it worse and produce more stress. It's best to just go for a walk.
Visit the gym
Of course, proper diet and exercise are important to avoiding stress at work. Going to the gym is an incredible way to release stress. Working out or doing aerobic excercise is a great way to release tension. Its better if you go on a regular basis (perhaps two/three times a week) after work with a friend/s. This way you get the excercise and be able to socialise at the same time. Its a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Participating in sports, going out with friends are also good ways to ease stress.
Remember, if you don't take measures to avoid stress at work, you might end up with some serious health problems.
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