Every so often, we hear the phrase “Do something you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”, and well, that’s a myth in generalized terms.
When we truly love doing something, we take it as a hobby, a time pass, a comfort zone and a de-stressing or relaxing technique. However, when we start doing that same task for other reasons than just relaxation, like for money or grades, we start seeing the activity as more of work rather than play. This diminishes our motivation overtime and we start stressing when it comes to doing a task than once de-stressed us.
Still confused? Lets take the example of History. Some people like watching documentaries and just reading up on history whenever they can. It relaxes and de-stresses them; a hobby or play. However, when they have to do a bit of History research for school, they are not as keen, because then they aren’t really doing it to feel better but rather just for grades. This also stresses them out in the duration of the research; History becomes more work than play.
Thus, stress is felt by every worker or employee, in any working conditions. Work is stressful. The simple yet complicated question arises: How to minimize stress and maximize your mental well-being? This article will answer the question!
Here Is How You Can Efficiently Deal With Work-Place Stress!
Listed below are some steps included of simple tips and tricks which can thoroughly reduce your stress in a work-place!
Get Enough Sleep
Dealing with stress means dealing with it’s root causes as well. Most people get stressed at a work-place even with minimum work because they haven’t had enough sleep. Sleep is essential for your body and mental well-being. Sleeping for four to five hours everyday doesn’t take away the day’s exhaustion. Remember, the body and mind cannot perform even the basic of tasks if it is tired and exhausted. Sleep for a minimum of seven hours each day.
Being a high achiever or an ambitious person is good, the problem arises with perfectionism. Let go of any or all perfectionist method and approaches to work. Yes, doing good quality work is essential however, there isn’t a requirement for it to be completely flawless; there is room for human error. Keep perfectionism in check. Redoing a lot of work because “it wasn’t good enough” can be quite draining and stressful.
It is instilled in our brains that in order to achieve maximum work in minimum amount of time, one should multitask. It is even encouraged! However, for most people, multitasking not only produces low quality work, but it also takes up more time. The reason is simple: due to the stress, the risk and probability of human error increases by a lot, and all the time that could be “saved” is spent on correcting those mistakes. Moreover, with the probability of human error, stress also increases. Avoid this stress by avoiding multitasking.
Even if you naturally aren’t an organised person, keep your desk and work-place surrounding under your control, organised. Nothing stresses out an employee more than trying to find an important document amidst the huge pile of other paperwork. File your work, create and keep labeled folders and give each folder a specific place. Alongside of being organised at work, also be organised with the things you are supposed to bring to work. Organise and keep ready all your files and necessities you are to bring to work the next day to avoid unnecessary stress of forgetting something important at home.
Take A Walk
Most jobs require us to sit at a desk in the duration of the working hours. Here is a surprise: even sitting for a long period of time can tire a body out. Walk for two minutes every now and then. It will reduce a ton of stress and will freshen you up. Never underestimate the power of a two minute walk around the office.
Recognize When You Need A Break
Sometimes there is an overload in our brain. When we are consonantly working for a long period of time, constantly using our rational techniques and calculations, we can tire ourselves out mentally. After that, if we still continue over-exercising our mental abilities, then we will get quite a lot stressed out. Recognize when your brain is over-exercised and take a break, eat something and then come back.
Stress can make a body heat up pretty quickly. With stress, we cannot accomplish anything, so instead of stressing about stressing, practice some breathing exercises: as soon as it all starts to get too much, take a deep breath from your mouth and exhale from your nose. If you do this correctly, then you’ll notice that the roof of the inside of your mouth will feel dry and your body will cool down.
Track Your Stress Triggers
Notice and keep track of the situations, tasks, environment or even people who stressed you out, try to pin point factors which trigger your stress. After that, keep track of which de-stressing method works for you best. Try ignoring the situations which make you feel stressed, and for instances when you can’t help but be in those situations, use the methods which de-stress you the most.
Stress Management Tools
Stress managing or stress relieving tools can also greatly reduce the level of stress in a work place. Tools like slime, stress balls, etc, all greatly help in reducing stress. At any moment when it gets too much, focus on the stress relieving tools.
Contemplate If You Need Help
If none of the methods work for you or even manage to make a slight difference, then consider the thought that maybe this job isn’t the right fit for you. Moreover, if that’s not the case, but the stress is still making your life hard, then consider seeing a professional therapist.