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It’s normal to have the odd day in the office that is unusually stressful. You might have a million and one things to do, the room in which you are meeting a new client isn’t set up; and your boss is breathing down your neck about deadlines. Oh and you still haven’t had a chance to even sniff a cup of coffee. What?! One day like this in a blue moon is manageable. However, when Monday to Friday sees the same intensity levels and pressure heaped upon your shoulders, life can seem trickier to cope with. Take a look at these three simple steps to follow to help you navigate your way through stressful situations at work.
It sounds like a bit of an oxymoron that you should slow down, as more and more tasks begin building up on your to-do list. However, it’s vital that you take a few minutes to step back from the bombardment of activities you need to do, and try to find some normality to your day. Prioritise your workload and make peace with the fact that you won’t be able to complete every single task within your eight hours at work.
For your own sanity, you need a work/home life balance, and you shouldn’t be staying at the office for a silly amount of hours. You will be tired, your work won’t be of a high quality, and you will begin making mistakes. Work methodically through your tasks and ensure that you inform your colleagues of when you are free for queries. Having a never-ending queue of people wanting to know how to change the ink in the printer does not make for a productive day.
Resist The Crutch
It can be all too easy when faced with stressful situations to become seduced by the allure of vices that help us forget our troubles. If alcohol is encroaching into your life, seek help from a facility like one of the many Ana Treatment Centres for example. Don’t turn to alcohol because of stress, this will lead you down a path to nowhere.. If smoking is your crutch of choice, vape instead (like me!). Healthier ways to take your mind away from the stress in your life include exercise, a long walk in the countryside; or getting your head deep into the latest bestseller. Reading always help to calm me down. Always make time for your own passions. This will help recharge your batteries and refocus your mind on the job at hand.
If things are getting on top of you, use your support network to vent, moan and unleash your thoughts. Bottling up your emotions can have a detrimental effect on your mental and physical well being. Chat with friends over coffee, head to your sibling’s house for a good natter; or call a helpline to talk with counsellors who specialise in helping people manage work stress. There are loads of free ones out there! Although your work life may look bleak, it can help to share a problem and receive advice and acknowledgement from others.
By following these three simple steps you may not be able to banish the stressful work environment that you find yourself in; but you will be able to manage it better resulting in a happier and healthier you.
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