Four tips to deal with work stress

In the flurry of rushing from one meeting to another, we often forget to take the time to breathe. it is hard when you feel the pressure of everything may fall apart if I just stop.

Did you know secretaries, waitresses, middle managers, police officers, editors and medical interns are those job roles identified as the most stressed jobs due to the need to response to other's demands, time and with little control over what happens? Common complaints of too much responsibility and too little authority, unfair labor practices and inadequate job descriptions.

Often times your work setting can create stress because of noise, lack of privacy, poor lighting, poor ventilation, poor temperature control or inadequate sanitary facilities. Work environments where there is there is company confusion or an overly bossy, lazy or crisis-centered managerial style are all very stressful.

There is a few tips on how to best manage workplace stress:

• Keep a stress journal-journal for a week to identify which situations create the most stress and how you respond to them.

• Create healthy responses to those stressors once you have identified what they are. Do your best to make healthy choices when you feel the tension rise such as exercising, yoga and meditation.

• Create boundaries both at work and at home. An example may be making it a rule not to check email, texting or social media from home, or not answering the phone during dinner.

• Take a mental break from work. By "switching off" from work by having periods of time when you not actually working or thinking about work. Try to focus on non-work activities and step away from your phone for a while.

It is important to put some priority on you treat yourself regardless if you are at work or at home. In this world of technology being too plugged in and accessible will allow others to run your life rather than being available for yourself.

Source: apa.org