Strategies for Managing Workplace Stress

Modern life offers us an abundance of stress and we are aware of its numerous negative effects on our health more than ever. Every day studies show that stress generously contributes to more and more serious illnesses: coronary problems, cancer, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression and anxiety…

Strategies for Managing Workplace Stress

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The list seems to be endless and sometimes it may seem there is very little we can do about it. After all, stress cannot be avoided, especially in the workplace, right? Well, that may be true to some extent, but stress is nothing more that our reaction to a stressful situation. In other words, it exists only inside us. Learning to recognize it, to take a different approach to some stress-causing problems and situations and, generally, being aware how and when it affects as can go a long way in neutralizing its harmful influence.

It is all too easy to just wave your hand and dismiss stress as unavoidable, as the stressors are most often out of our hands and we cannot do anything about them. However, taking a different approach and using some simple techniques at the right moment will make your life much easier. Just don`t forget that timing is everything. If you realize the stress is building up inside you, don`t wait. Do something – anything – as soon as possible. Here is some simple advice to help you in coping with stressful situations and most common modern day stressors in the workplace.

Dealing with Noise Pollution

Noise pollution¬†is one of stressors you can do little about in the workplace. What makes it dangerous is the fact we get so accustomed to it we stop noticing it. However, while we are going about our business in an environment rich with background noise, our brain and entire nervous system work overtime in order to filter out that noise as much as possible so we can concentrate. That is the primary reason we get tired much quicker in a noisy environment. You don’t necessarily feel it stress, but it will be right there in the back of your mind, accumulating and draining you little by little.

The most obvious and simplest solution is earplugs. It may seem silly that two little pieces of rubber can do so much for us, but try it. You will be amazed at how easily you complete your tasks. It may take some time to get accustomed to, but don`t give up. Alternatively, you can try to convince your employer to find a systematic solution for noise reduction, but that will be much easier if you are not alone in that request.

Rehydration

Rehydration is another seemingly irrelevant thing when talking about stress, but don`t be fooled. Depriving your body of fluid will influence your stress levels dramatically, but gradually, so you won`t be able to recognize it as a problem that easily. The solution is simply to drink enough water. Don`t wait until you feel thirsty. That is the sign you are in dire need of water. Try to drink about 2.5 liters of water a day, depending on your body weight. You can find detailed instructions on the internet. Just be sure to drink plain old, water, not coffee, energy drinks or something else.

Humor

Humor is often neglected as a source of relief. Although we are all aware of its beneficial influence on every system in our body, very rarely do most of us knowingly try to steal a laugh or two when we are under stress, and therein lies the problem. This is something you must think to do, as looking for a laugh for some reason won`t be your first impulse when you are under stress. Keep this in mind and every now and then remember to exchange a few words with a colleague that makes you laugh, read a funny book or watch a funny video. This will go a long way in helping you to free yourself of accumulated stress very quickly and explosively.

About Angie Miller

Angie Miller is social media manager and dedicated online writer focused on various business and health related topics. She is currently writing about ways to minimise workplace related stress and get rid of dangerous decibels by applying noise reduction solutions.