Workplace Stress – Tips on how to deal with stress in a healthy way
by Magdalena Fladl, 18.08.2017
Even if you love what you do, everyone has to experience work-related stress at some point in their career. Stress has various origins. Here are the most common sources of stress and how to deal with stress at your workplace.
Stress at work and your health
Unfortunately, stress in your work environment doesn’t disappear when your work day ends. This can affect your health- and wellbeing enormously.
Common causes of stressful situations at work
- Tense work atmosphere
- Undefined tasks/organizational issues
- Pressure to meet highest expectations at all time
- Excessive workloads
- Lack of support from colleagues
- Overtime because of staff cutbacks
- Low salary
8 Signs – How stress affects your physical and emotional health
- Problems with sleeping
- Problems with concentrating
- Losing interest in work
- Social Withdrawal
Main source of stress
Try to track down what stresses you the most and find a way to reduce the stress caused by this issue. Take a step back and find your own way to relax. This could be a walk in the park during lunch break or a meditation at home.
Don’t waste your vacation time! Nowadays, we seem to be available 24/7 – but we don’t need to be! Establish boundaries: Keep your work-related time on your phone while on vacation to a minimum. Take your time off to recover from the stress, recharge and prepare for what’s coming next.
Talk your way out of stress
Excessive workloads and expectations set too high often cause a lot of stress, as well as toxic work environments. When there’s a lack of support from colleagues and other issues that cause you stress, the best way to reduce your stress level is to talk to your supervisor about it – honestly and open. Whether there were misunderstandings or organizational issues – having an open conversation about what bothers you and causes you stress may help to melt the stress away.
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