Depression and Stress Management - No more stress at workplace

It's no more a surprise that time at work and home have become unified in some way. Hence, we cannot keep our minds away from thinking about something that needs to be done. Our minds are haunted by a list of either incomplete tasks or undesired events. And at times, we are bothered by the uncertainty ahead of us. As a result, we either start living in the past thinking of the events of the past or think of the life in the future worrying about the unclear possibilities. In the process, we stop living in the present. While our body connects with the events around us, our soul stays connected with either the past or the future. This dichotomy puts all the pressure on our mind and is possibly, the stress that we experience.

If we can keep our minds focused on the present, we can respond consciously to the stimuli around us. It's easier said than done.

While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with our productivity and impact our physical and emotional health. And our ability to deal with it can mean the difference between success or failure. We can't control everything in our work environment, but that doesn't mean we are powerless—even when we are stuck in a difficult situation. But we plan everything strategically then we can easily management any situation as well as our stress.

Our emotions are contagious, and stress has an impact on the quality of our interactions with others. The better we are at managing our own stress, the more we will positively affect those around us, and the less other people's stress will negatively affect us.

Recognize warning signs of excessive stress at work

When we feel overwhelmed at work, we lose confidence and may become irritable or withdrawn. This can make us less productive and less effective in our job, and make the work seem less rewarding. If we ignore the warning signs of work stress, they can lead to bigger problems. Beyond interfering with job performance and satisfaction, chronic or intense stress can also lead to physical and emotional health problems.

Common causes of excessive workplace stress

  • Fear of being laid off
  • More overtime due to staff cutbacks
  • Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations but with no increase in job satisfaction
  • Pressure to work at optimum levels—all the time

We can reduce job stress by taking care of ourselves.

When stress at work interferes with our ability to perform in our job, damage our personal life, or adversely impacts on our health, it's time to take action. Start by paying attention to our physical and emotional health. When our own needs are taken care of, we are stronger and more resilient to stress. The better we feel, the better equipped we will be to manage work stress without becoming overwhelmed.

Taking care of ourselves don't require a total lifestyle overhaul. Even small things can lift our mood, increase our energy, and make us feel like we are back in the driver's seat. Take things one step at a time, and as we make more positive lifestyle choices, we will soon notice a reduction in our stress levels, both at home and at work.

Regular exercise is a powerful stress reliever—even though it may be the last thing we feel like doing. Aerobic exercise—activity that raises our heart rate and makes us sweat—is a hugely effective way to lift our mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body. We can try walking, dancing, swimming, or playing ping pong with our kids—but as we move, instead of continuing to focus on our thoughts, focus on our body and how it feels as we are exercising.

Low blood sugar can make us feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much these things may make us lethargic. Healthy eating can also help to discard stressful work days. By eating small but frequent meals, we can help our body maintain an even level of blood sugar, keep our energy up, stay focused, and avoid mood swings.

Alcohol temporarily reduces anxiety and worry, but too much can cause anxiety as it wears off. Similarly, smoking when we are feeling stressed and overwhelmed may seem calming, but nicotine is a powerful stimulant – leading to higher, not lower, levels of anxiety.

Not only can stress and worry can cause insomnia, but a lack of sleep can leave us vulnerable to even more stress. When we are well-rested, it's much easier to keep our emotional balance, a key factor in coping with job and workplace stress. Try to improve the quality of our sleepby keeping a sleep schedule and aiming for 8 hours a night.

Reduce job stress by prioritizing and organizing

When job and workplace stress threatens to overwhelm us, there are simple steps we can take to regain control over ourselves and the situation. Our newfound ability to maintain a sense of self-control in stressful situations will often be well-received by co-workers, managers, and subordinates alike, which can lead to better relationships at work.

If we improve our emotional intelligence, it may help us to reduce the stress

Even if we are in a job where the environment has grown increasingly stressful, we can retain a large measure of self-control and self-confidence by understanding and practicing emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage and use our own emotions in positive and constructive ways. When it comes to satisfaction and success at work, emotional intelligence matters just as much as intellectual ability. Emotional intelligence is about communicating with others in ways that draw people to us, overcome differences, repair wounded feelings, and defuse tension and stress.

If we try to break bad habits, it may also help us to get rid from stress

Many of us make job stress worse with negative thoughts and behaviour. If we can turn around these self-defeating habits, you'll find employer-imposed stress easier to handle.

If we can focus all the above-mentioned points and try to implement these points in our daily life, then one day we will definitely be able to overcome stress and can lead a healthy & happy life.