4 Tips for Managing Work-Related Stress

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, November 1, 2013 Under: Workplace

Are you stressed out at work? More importantly, does your work stress creep into your life outside of work? You are definitely not alone. Most jobs come with some degree of stress, but the key is to find and utilize the right tools to manage your stress so you can get on with business and enjoy your life.

Here are four tips to keep your work stress from taking over:

1.    Keep it in perspective

To remember the bigger picture and keep your stress in perspective, keep track of successes and record your gratitude daily in a notebook. As bad as things may seem for you that day, there are always a multitude of things that ARE going right for you both at work and in life. Making a habit of recognizing what IS working and what you’re grateful for can totally change your focus from negative to positive. For example, if you are employed, you’re in a better position than a lot of other people out there looking for work. If you can’t think of anything good to write down, start simple (e.g. “I woke up in a warm house with plenty of food…”).

2.    Get a hobby

Pursuing an outside interest on a regular basis allows your mind to shift gears and reminds you that there is much more to you than your job. Something that requires total focus is best – an activity that forces you to be completely in the moment will keep your mind from wandering back to work and give your brain a much-needed break. It also allows you to come back to work with your mind refreshed and renewed, and enforces a healthy boundary between you and your job.

3.    Find a transition activity

Do you find yourself still ruminating on work issues and re-living stressful situations from your workday all the way home? If your job-related anxiety follows you home, it can be helpful to create a daily transition activity to take you out of work-mode so you can relax and enjoy your time off. Some examples of transition activities include: a phone call to catch-up with a friend or family member; a scenic walk, listening to music or an audio book, or a short workout.

4.    Differentiate between useful vs. non-useful stress

When you are stressed out about a problem or task at work, ask yourself: Is this something I can take action on, or am I worrying about something that is out of my control? If you can take action, taking just one small step forward can often ease a lot of the stress. However, if you are waiting for news on an outcome of work you’ve already done, or waiting for someone else to take action before you can, try to let it go for the moment and relax knowing that when the time comes, you will know how to proceed with a clear head.

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