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How to beat stress at work.

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Firstly I would just like to say I am not a doctor so obviously if you think you are suffering from stress then seek medical advice as well as reading this helpful article.

For those that have not heard of the term, stress basically is the feeling we get when we can no longer cope or when we feel we are losing control. It can come in many shapes and forms as people have different causes and symptoms from one another. Although it differs most people describe it as a deep frustration and anxiety and if it goes untreated it can lead to depression.

Most people suffer stress at work at some point in their lives. In 2010/11 in the UK 400,000 reported work related stress that they believed was making them ill, In 2006, a Bupa Insurance survey suggested that nearly seven million Britons worry so much they consider seeing their doctor about it. The two highest causes of stress are money and work. I am going to look at work related stress as I believe its clear if this stress level could be lowered then stress caused by money would also be lowered as if you were not stressed about your work situation, your own performance at work would improve leading to greater job security and potential promotion opportunities and this would mean your money worries would go away.

Firstly you need to find out if you’re stressed, if you are suffering from –

  • Permanent feeling of tiredness
  • Headaches despite being medically well and hydrated
  • Excessive emotion
  • Feeling out of control
  • Increased consumption of coffee or other bad habits
  • Putting off making decisions
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lots of little illnesses like colds and sore throats
  • Unable to concentrate

These are just a few indicators of stress, but if you have a few of these symptoms then you may well be stressed.

So now you need to find the cause. As we are focusing on work related stress it could be a whole host of things, job security, future prospects, poor management it may even be one of your work colleagues who constantly makes racist and/or homophobic jokes which everyone else laughs at but you! As you can see it can be so many things but you really need to find out what it is. This isn’t easy as it’s likely a whole number of things will be contributing to stress. Once to solve my stress problems I listed what I believed caused me stress and realised just how many there were, it made me more stressed! However it has to be done if you want to beat stress.

Now for tackling the work related stress. This is obviously the hard part, because if it wasn’t, 400,000 Brits wouldn’t report work related stress.

Before I list methods to tackle stress I would like to say that they are all based on positive methods because I think they work best. A negative technique may be to get the racist homophobic person sacked; yes it would feel good when they were shown the door you may even make a snide remark to them as they packed up their belongings. But you will meet many people like this in life and you cant remove them all so you always need to look inwards when dealing with stress.

Be active – exercise can really help clear your mind and make you focus. Its hard to make a big decision when sat at a desk if your feeling stressed. Going on a walk or a run can make you feel better and more relaxed, leading to increased confidence and thus helps you find solutions to your stressful problems.

Don’t work constantly – Even if your self employed and think you have to work all the time to be a success you must have a bit of time off. This might not be a whole day but at least a few evenings a week. This will help you relax and then you will be in a better state of mind to make decisions. I always find I make loads of great decisions on my days off, as answers come to me.

Avoid short term solutions – Going out and getting drunk, will really not help your problems, your just delaying making the decisions. Some people may think its funny to say things like ‘drown your sorrows’ but it’s a really stupid thing to do. You wont be a success in life if you deal with stress but using short term solutions.

Accept things that you cannot change – There are some things in life you cannot ever change so don’t waste time stressing about them. Focus on your situation and how you can overcome it, not who’s fault it is that your in that situation.

Don’t whinge – I am not sure there is any science behind this claim, but I have always felt the more you complain and whinge the worse you feel. If every time your boss puts more on your to do pile you just smile and them and say ‘thank you’ its not as bad as if you sigh and swear, but that just works with me.

So there are a few methods I find work. I know they are hard to implement though, if your behind at work surely the last thing you should do is take a day off?

Comments welcome

Created 09/24/2013 at 10:31 AM by Purdeyent in Balancing home and work life

Comments (2)

I find the best way is to get a job you enjoy. Its not easy at the start of your career but you should hope that when your about 25 you are really enjoying your job.

10 - Report abuse   September 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm by Chris Wicks

Some really good points highlighted in the article – thanks

00 - Report abuse   December 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm by leehamilton

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