Ways to Deal with Stress in the Workplace
No matter what our job is, there is always something that can cause stress... Here are my tips to handle that stress
It is very easy to lose our temper when something becomes stressful in our environment. Anyone who tells you that they have never been stressed in life is lying. Stress is a natural emotion in modern day life. In a society where money rules all, how can stress be avoided?!
When we start to become stressed in the workplace it can have a detrimental effect on so many aspects of our lives. It can effect your productivity, motivation and performance in the actual workplace; but it can also be taken home with you and begin to creep into your personal life. Neither are ideal in any case.
I myself come from a care background. As a compassionate and caring person, my stress came from taking on the difficulties that each patient/client had themselves. I would get so upset by their situations that I began to become very tired, emotional and stressed. I have now discovered that in this particular profession, this is known as Compassion Fatigue (if you work in care, or any other sector that requires you to take responsibility for others, I highly recommend researching this... it will answer so many questions!). Not only did this effect the quality of my work but also my home life. I would sit and cry until sleep. I would wake and cry until it was time to go back to work. That was my life...
... Until I mastered the following:
1) Is it the job that is the problem? It sounds like such an obvious question but if you really hate your job or the company you work for, is your stress going to get any better. It is time to sit down and make some decisions about whether the job is for you or not and put a plan into place to get a different job or career path. If you have been thinking about going back into education, this is your sign to do it! While you study it can be a welcome distraction to the stress you feel in work. For example, in my corporate job I wasn't enjoying, I started a course in teaching meditation and it changed my entire outlook on how I want my life to look and it made each day better than the last. Take some time to yourself, jot down your goals and make a plan how you are going to get there. Nothing happens over night but if we don't make a start you will always be that much further away.
2) BREATHE. After the obvious question comes the more obscure ways to handle stress. Breathing techniques are a common way to deal with stress and anxieties. They are recommended by CBT counsellors, therapists and so many other professionals. The most effective I have found is the 4 - 7 - 8 technique, an here's how to do it:
Inhale deeply for 4 seconds
Hold this breath for 7 seconds
Exhale for 8 seconds
You should repeat this a few times until you begin to feel less anxious and relaxed. From personal experience, I find that making a noise through your breath is helpful when getting used to breathing in this way - it can make you look like a crazy person if in company though...
3) Practice MINDFULNESS. Come on, it's 2021, if you don't know what mindfulness is I will be concerned. Just kidding, but, it is everwhere. Whichever influencer is big this season will have talked about being mindfl at some point, it is a trendy thing to do. But it is also a really helpful techniqe when it comes to being stressed in the workplace and outside of the workplace. So,what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is all about bringing attention to the present moment. What are you feeling right now? What is going on right now? A good way to be mindful is through mindful meditation. Concentrating on your breathing, sensations in your body, how your body moves as you breathe and relax. It is normal for the mind to wander as a beginner, if it begins to wander bring your thoughts back to your breath or how your hands feel where they are rested. It can take some getting used to but it really does distract your attention from what happened yesterday or what you need to have finished by tomorrow. Live in the moment.
4) Therapy. In the UK, therapy is such a taboo subject. Nobody talks about it or they look embarrased when it is brought up. We are a country that is so British about these things that we have suppressed all emotions around it. However, let me tell you, therapy is one of the best choices I have ever made for myself. If stress or trauma really is taking over your life and making you feel so out of touch with the world and everything around you, talking to someone about it could be the start of something amazing. Therapy can come in the form of a medical professional or through more holistic approaches like life coaching, find the right person for you and your needs and you will be surprised how much you can achieve.
There are so many other ways for a person to relieve stress and each person will find their own way, just remember you are not alone and you've got this.
All my love