You need to learn to relax. Stress at work costs companies money, but even more importantly does a lot of physical and mental damage to your body.
The truth is, managing stress at work is getting even harder these days, because of how fast technology is advancing.
The fact that every time a new email comes in we’re notified in multiple places, makes us that more attached to our work.
Some people call for a work-life balance, or work-life integration, but I can’t stress how important it is to disconnect, and come back the next day feeling fresh. I hate to your burst your bubble, but whatever you’re working on, as important as you might think it is, it’s not.
Companies need to stop demanding so much from their employees. I’ve seen a lot of managers try and suck every last bit of productivity out of a person, but it’s not smart.
After a certain point, you stop being productive. I’ve been saying for years, I’d rather see someone work 4 solid hours, than an 8 hour day filled with mistakes.
First, let’s look at some of the damage that stress does to you, and then let’s find out how to get rid of stress at work permanently.
Why Stress At Work Is Such a Big Problem
A Work Stress survey shows that 83% of Americans are stressed out by at least one thing about their jobs. Poor pay and increasing workloads were top sources of concern reported by American workers.
It’s also important not to repress these feelings and deal with them as they come up. This has a very serious effect on your health.
In a study of 120 managers and engineers at an aerospace company, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that the repressors had higher blood pressure and reacted with an even greater rise in blood pressure to a simple stress test than did non-repressors.
Job stress is also a problem for employers, costing U.S. businesses an estimated $300 billion per year through absenteeism, lowered productivity, employee turnover and direct medical, legal and insurance fees.
Research was done that found that chronic stress is the equivalent of smoking 5 cigarettes a day. The research showed that the people who were stressed were 27% more likely to have a heart attack.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found a link between stress and cancer. The researchers tested an anti-cancer drug on 2 groups of mice. The group that was more stressed was able to kill less of the cancer than the non-stressed out mice.
Ways To Reduce Stress At Work
Overall, you want to live a clean lifestyle, and find different ways to make you happy, since that will help you feel better about life, and reduce your stress.
1. Live A Healthy Lifestyle
Not only will this help lower stress, but it will improve your overall well-being, and affect your moods throughout the day.
Exercising will make you happier by releasing endorphins, and you’ll be less likely to become so stressed if you’re generally in a better mood.
Eating properly will also help to make you feel less sluggish, and more alert, helping you manage your energy better and not become so stressed.
2. Manage Your Energy
It’s important to be able to listen to your body, and to understand when you need a break, even if you’ve got a big deadline coming up. That pressure will inevitably lead to stress, and that’s no good.
If you’re putting in too much work, and not taking enough rest, it will lead to employee burnout, which might actually cause you more stress, because you’ll be restless and unable to work, not to mention the psychological damage burnout does to you.
I read somewhere not long ago that the average business professional has 30 to 100 projects that they have to manage.
We all take on way too much work for ourselves, and it’s unmanageable. We need to learn how to say no.
There’s no way that you’ll be able to properly complete all of these projects, so prioritize.
Decide what is going to bring you the most value for your time spent, and then honestly, just eliminate the rest.
4. Take Time For Yourself
When looking into the importance of downtime, and how downtime affects our productivity, I discovered that the most important thing about taking time for yourself is how you use that time.
For example, workers that reported negative thoughts (thinking negatively about your job) returned to work even more stressed out then when they left.
Don’t be afraid to take time to recharge, and understand that alone time where you really unplug is good for your mental health, and will help you avoid stress at work.
How Do You Manage Stress At Work?
The main takeaway is that you need to learn to disconnect, and just relax. There’s no need for you to get overly stressed about things that are mostly out of your control. What do you do to manage stress? Let me know your thoughts on twitter @JacobShriar or @Officevibe.