Not every job is the same but they do share some similarities, and work related stress is one of them. Regardless of the job, whether you love it or hate it, your job can still have its trying moments.
Obviously we all work for a reason and can’t just up and quit. We have to learn how to deal with it to reduce its effects.
Here are a few tips to help you do just that, making your job less stressful:
Separate the stress – Depending on your line of work and your alignment with your job, simply going to work can be a hard task. In an effort to avoid making it harder than it needs to be, leave other elements of your life that are stressful at the door. You can’t do too much about whatever the situation is in your office anyway, so why agonize over it until you punch out.
Control your intake – Sometimes your stress can be the direct result of a colleague. If this is the case, minimize your contact with this person. You can politely dismiss them by advising them of how busy you are and that you need to focus on your assignments.
If your job entails you dealing with the public you may come across varying personalities, not all of them being nice. Believe me, I feel your pain. When I was in college I worked in customer service and dealt with complaints and irate people for the majority of my 27 hours a week. After a while it took its toll and drove me nuts. I couldn’t understand how people could be in that line of work full time job for years and years. But now, with much wisdom, I realize that how you handle it can not only influence its effects on you but you can also calm down the most irate person, even if you’re unable to do what they want. If your job tasks are the direct result of your stress, don’t hang on to it longer than you have to. Once it’s over, let it go.
Quiet the noise – Hanging around the water cooler, chatting it up is a renowned pastime. Many of us participate to stay informed of office happenings, break up the monotony or simple can’t help ourselves. Office gossip can be informative at times but it can’t also cause unnecessary distress. Rumors of layoffs or cut backs could have you agonizing for no reason or put you on the chopping block due to your decline in productivity. If at all possible try to avoid it, if you find yourself entangled in such a conversation, digest the information with a grain of salt.
Don’t stress over uncertainty – Again deciphering office rumors can increase stress levels, so keep a cool head until more official information is released.
Not making enough money can also inflame stress. If your pay is not steady or dependent on fluctuating factors, don’t spend every moment fixated on coming up short. You don’t know what’s going to happen so there’s no point in losing your hair over uncertainty. Especially, since worrying all day can hinder your performance. In the meantime, focus on your work, after all you have a job to do.
Consider these tips to reduce your stress level at work and make each day a less challenging. At first glance, it may seem to small to make an impact but once you exercise these techniques you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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