Work can get a little stressful for everyone at times. Whether it’s pressure from your boss, impending deadlines, or a new responsibility you’re not quite up to speed with, the causes of stress are many and the result affects everyone differently.
If you – like millions of others across the UK – have a tough time keeping your cool, you might like to read CV-Library’s advice on managing stress in the workplace.
Recognise that you’re stressed
Stress can manifest itself in many ways, from a raised heartbeat or temperature, to increased perspiration, to anxiety (butterflies in your stomach) to a tangible feeling of upset or anger. Stress can even make you ill, and can hit suddenly or build up over time. The first step to overcoming the feeling is to recognise the signs which are unique to you.
Figure out the cause
The cause of tension may be obvious. Is your workload too much to handle? Is a colleague grating on you? Is a situation at home causing your mind to wander? If you can’t put a finger on the cause of stress then it is likely to be a number of little things building up. Hormones, tiredness and health can also play a part – if you’re not on top form, the daily trials and tribulations of the workplace will be harder to bear. It’s a good idea to write everything down which is playing on your mind so you can figure out the likely causes.
Stress is not going to remedy itself if you keep doing what you’re doing. Take a walk away from your desk or station, outside if possible. Have a drink and snack to ensure your energy levels return to normal. If your work breaks are flexible, take yours now and do something you enjoy – whether a spot of shopping, checking social media, or reading a book. If you need to justify it to yourself – think about how productive you’ll be when you’re de-stressed, versus how much work you get done when you’re in a bad mood.
Talking is one of the best remedies for relieving stress. Speak with a trusted family member, friend or partner about what’s upsetting you. If relevant, have a conversation with your boss. Do not bottle things up as that will only make it worse. You never know, by inviting help from others, you might find an answer to your problems.
Taking deep breaths and counting to ten really does help; but counting to 60 might be even better. For a whole minute, focus on your breathing and slowing it – and your heart rate – down to normal. Your mind and body are strongly interlinked so if you can trick your body into acting like everything is fine – your mind should follow suit.
Once you’ve identified the causes of your stress, take steps to nip it in the bud next time. Understand what your triggers may be, and if you can – remove them from your life! If that’s not possible, tell yourself that next time you’re in the same situation you will take downtime, talk, breathe – and get through it!
We hope you’ve found CV-Library’s tips on stress busting as useful as we do.