WORKPLACE / JUL. 23, 2013
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Coping Techniques When in a High Stress Job

If you have an extremely stressful job and feel as if you are constantly battling your way through each day, there is hope. Stress can seriously affect your health and can lead to a wide range of problems such as high blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety and depression, amongst many others. Learning to deal with stress is one of the greatest steps you can take to achieving a healthier and more relaxed lifestyle.

View our guide below to find out more on how you can learn to better deal with stress in the workplace...

Be organised

Write a daily schedule and to stick to it. If other commitments crop up, try to prioritise the essential tasks from the less important ones. Though it may seem as if every task is important, try your best to commit yourself to a written schedule, gradually working your way through it. This will help you to maintain focus and be more assertive when unanticipated requests from others come up.

Just 5 minutes

Take a 5 minute breather alone, without any distractions. Find somewhere peaceful and quiet, focusing on your breathing and calming your mind. This helps to recollect your thoughts and take a quick break away from the chaos of the office. Though it might be pandemonium in the office, if you learn to calm your mind, it will help you to deal with the stress a lot easier.

Use perspective

Yes, you are always committed to doing a good job but remember you are employed by someone and are being paid every month to do what is stipulated in your contract. Don’t push yourself unnecessarily; remember that health, happiness, family and friends are your priority in life, while jobs are disposable. You can always find a new job if this one gets too much.

Speak with your boss

Rather than resorting to sick days as a way to avoid another day in the office, tackle the situation head-on. Speak with your supervisor and explain that the stress of your job is impacting on your personal and professional life. Don’t be afraid to speak up; even though you are in a supervisory role, you still have a right to voice your concerns and make changes to your situation.

Have a laugh

Try not to take things too seriously. Though you may be looking around the office thinking, ‘there’s no hope right now; this is all too much’, try to see the funny side of things. At the end of the day, what’s important will always get done, while the things that you think are important will just have to wait.

Final thoughts of dealing with stress....

Okay so it may sound cliché, but health is everything. Without good health, life becomes difficult. By adopting a number of strategies, you can learn to combat stress head on and take control of your situation.



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