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How to Reduce Workplace Stress

Stress in the workplace is unavoidable due to the demands of the contemporary work environment. The workplace is typically an environment in which people with different personalities, communication styles, and worldviews interact.

When co-workers do not trust one another or personalities clash, miscommunication lowers productivity and motivation, and even verbal or physical conflict can occur.  Some employees face bullying, harassment, and/or discrimination. Also, lack of support at work can exacerbate workplace issues.

Tips:

Beat workplace stress by reaching out

Sometimes sharing your stress with someone close to you is the best stress-reducer. The other person doesn’t have to “fix” your problems; they just need to be a good listener. Turning to co-workers for support, leaning on your friends and family members, and building new satisfying friendships will help you in reducing work tension challenges.

Support your health with exercise and nutrition

When you’re supporting your health with good nutrition and exercise, you’re stronger and more resilient to stress.

Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your mood, such as caffeine, trans fats, and foods with high levels of chemical preservatives or hormones. Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost. The best sources are fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines), seaweed, flaxseed, and walnuts.

Don’t skimp on sleep

You may feel like you just don’t have the time to get a full night’s sleep. But skimping on sleep interferes with your daytime productivity, creativity, problem-solving skills, and ability to focus. Improve the quality of your sleep day-by-day. The better rested you are, the better equipped you’ll be to tackle your job responsibilities and cope with workplace challenges.

Prioritize and organize

When job and workplace stress threatens to overwhelm you, there are simple, practical steps you can take to regain control. Like creating a balanced schedule, leaving earlier in the morning, establishing healthy boundaries, don’t over-commit yourself and plan regular breaks.

Break bad habits that contribute to workplace stress

Many of us make job stress worse with negative thoughts and behavior. If you can turn these self-defeating habits around, you’ll find employer-imposed stress easier to handle. Resist perfectionism, don’t focus on your negative thinking, don’t try to control the uncontrollable and look for humor in all situations.

When we feel uncertain, helpless, or out of control, our stress levels are the highest. Here are some things you can do to regain a sense of control over your job and career. As a leader talk to your employer about workplace stress, clarify your job description, Request a transfer to escape a toxic environment by moving to another department.

Be proactive about your job and your workplace duties

When we feel uncertain, helpless, or out of control, our stress levels are the highest. Here are some things you can do to regain a sense of control over your job and career. As a leader talk to your employer about workplace stress, clarify your job description, Request a transfer to escape a toxic environment by moving to another department.

Look for satisfaction and meaning in your work

Feeling bored or unsatisfied with how you spend most of the workday can cause high levels of stress and take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. But for many of us, having a dream job that we find meaningful and rewarding is just that: a dream. Even if you’re not in a position to look for another career that you love and are passionate about and most of us aren’t, you can still find purpose and joy in a job that you don’t love.

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