How To Handle Stress At Work

How To Handle Stress At Work

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It will probably come as no surprise to you that your job is going to cause you some level of stress. It could be a tight deadline, working with your colleagues or perhaps a high volume of work. No matter what it is, it leaves you feeling more than just a little stressed out.

In order for stress not to have an impact on the rest of your life, it is important to think about the best ways that you can handle those stressful moments.

To help inspire you, we have put together some of the best ways to handle stress at work.

Think about how you can reorganise your schedule

The feeling that you simply don’t have enough time to do everything that you need to do at work is one of the main causes of stress in the workplace. Of course, the best thing that you could do for this is to take on less work, but let’s face it, that isn’t something that is going to happen. A much better idea is to look at ways that you can reorganise your schedule.

There are a variety of tools out there that you can use to help you to figure out how best to sort out your to-do list and organise your schedule as best that you can.

It is a good idea to take a look at your to do list at the beginning of the week, schedule in all those tasks and then allow yourself a little time to overrun in these tasks. As well as some time to fit in urgent tasks that could come up on a day to day basis. That way you are going to feel so much better about all the things that you need to get done.

Try to leave work on time more often

It might feel that in order to get your work done, you need to stay late at work. Of course, these extra hours are going to help you to tackle all those tasks that you need to get done, but they are not going to make you feel that great.

Not only is staying late frequently going to leave you feeling resentful towards your job, which is never good for your stress levels, but it could also have an impact on your proactivity levels too. Not only are you going to feel less inclined to work hard, due to your resentment, but, as you tire through the day, you are going to find that your work quality decreases.

Make sure that you take a break

It sounds like one of the most obvious things in the world, but if you are feeling stressed out about work, then taking a break is one of the things that you absolutely must do. Of course, there is no way that you can just disappear off and leave all that work, but what you can do is simply get away from your desk for a few minutes. Talk a walk around the office, grab a hot (or cold drink) or perhaps head downstairs and get some fresh air.

Simply by escaping for a short period of time, you are going to feel a lot less stressed out and ready to face any of the tasks that you need to do.

Treasure that work life balance

It is no secret that the work life balance is something that we all strive for. But it seems to be something that many of us simply don’t know how to achieve. If you want to try and balance your life out better, then it makes sense that you treasure the things that you do outside of work. This could be spending time with your family, working out at the gym or perhaps simply spending some time doing whatever makes you happy.

If you recognise the value of all of these things and understand how important that they are in your life, then the chances are that you will pay more attention to them and try to make sure that they are a bigger part of your life.

Speak to your boss or your team

They say that a problem shared is a problem halved, and this is often true in stressful situations at work. It is not always the most comfortable conversation to have, but speaking to your boss about how you feel, as well as the workload that you have is something that you should do. It will not only help you to feel that you have highlighted the problems that you have, but it could also help you to find ways to be helped. Such as delegating tasks out to the rest of your team, as well as looking at whether or not your workload could be reassessed.

It can be hard to admit that you feel stressed out work, however, it is the first step to making things better and ensuring that you feel as positive as possible about your work.

Nick Cooper
Nick is NCC's resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including teaching and health & social care. NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years’ experience offering learning solutions. To date, NCC has engaged with over 20,000 employers, and delivered quality training to over half a million learners.
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