A little bit of stress can help you stay focused, meet new challenges in the workplace, and keep you alert to avoid costly (or dangerous) mistakes.
Work stress becomes an issue when we can’t seem to “turn it off”. Long hours, multiple tight deadlines and the pressure to perform at “optimal levels” at all times can make it almost impossible to relax in and out of the office. Not only can it take a toll on your job satisfaction, but it can interfere with your physical and mental health.
Luckily, there are ways we can manage this stress. Many of these strategies aren’t new, but they can fall to the wayside when we’re inundated with meetings, projects and tight deadlines.
Here are some of the best methods for managing work stress.
Be Clear on Project Requirements
If you don’t know what’s expected of you, or if the requirements keep changing, you may find yourself feeling lost or unsure. Take some time to talk with your manager and discuss expectations, and how you can meet them.
Being proactive by planning ahead to stay organized is one of the best ways to combat work stress. Updating your calendar or planner with important dates, cleaning up your email inbox and workspace on a regular cadence are just some ways to set yourself up for success.
Splitting your focus can leave you feeling frazzled and overwhelmed. Try breaking your work hours into chunks of hours for specific purposes, and only focus on those tasks you designated for that chunk of time.
Take a Walk
Sometimes you just need a breath of fresh air. If you feel like you’re getting agitated in your workspace, a walk outdoors can help you blow off steam and lift your mood.