Today, we all run after attaining an unrealistic goal. And when the conquest of achieving goals mixes up with workplace pressure, this, in turn, gives rise to stress. Workplace now has become a permanent fixture in our work, like the coffee dispenser in our office. According to American Psychological Association, workplace stress costs American companies an estimated annual loss of $300 billion.
According to a survey, in companies, 4 out of 10 employees suffer from a stressed life. About 40% adults complained that they remain awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day.
Is there still a way out to reduce stress at workplaces and uphold a steady focus throughout? How do we keep ourself fresh under the massive workloads and demand? Social scientists have suggested some way outs for reducing stress before it overpowers your life. Let’s dig into it:
1. Don’t Set Unrealistic Goals:
Being ambitious is good, but do not set unrealistic goals that are too high to achieve. This will only lead to disappointment when we fail to reach them. Aim big, but don’t get disheartened if, for some reason you aren’t able to attain those targets. Irrespective of how big or how small, enjoying whatever you do, is key to your confidence and success.
2. Try to Avoid Interruptions:
It is much easier to say ‘avoid interruptions’ than actually doing it. Your phone is ringing, email inbox is quickly filling up, and your co-workers are talking around you. In this situation, it is really difficult to avoid interruption. You can’t control such kind of interruptions, but you can control how you respond to them.
Interruptions at work place has an adverse effect on work performance. Business psychologist Sharon Melnick advises one of the three suggestions, “Accept the interruption, cut it off, or diagnose its importance and make a plan. Many interruptions are recurring and can be anticipated.” Sometimes disruption are recurring and can be analyzed well ahead before it creates obstruction at your work.
3. Focus on a Single Task at a Time:
Rather than becoming a multi-tasker, focus on doing one task at a time. You will feel better and less stressed if you do one thing at a time. This rule is applicable in our personal life too. Doing one task at a time also lead to increases your performance right away.
Still, if your job demands multi-tasking then set off separate time for that. Set one or two hours in the afternoon for doing all the multi-tasking stuff at one go.
4. Spend Time in Meditation:
If anyone feels over pressurized or coming out from a tense meeting and needs a break, a few minutes of meditation and taking a deep breaths will restore balance. Only inhale breath for few seconds, hold and then exhale. Do yoga or meditation for few minutes at your desk, as these will calm your mind and body down.
With these, also take little bit more care of yourself. Have enough sleep, eat healthy and do exercise every day.
5. Organize your Surroundings:
Keeping your cabin or cubicle clean and organized is always recommended, just like organizing your everyday work. Studies have t shown that a cluttered, messy workplace could spur the body’s production of stress hormones, and this will make you stressed even if your job does not pressurize you. In general, clutter only denotes a delayed decision. Include organizing your workstation in your daily work schedule. Your little step towards neatness will lead you into a larger act of organization.
We know, these suggestions are very evident. But even if we are aware of the above-suggested tricks to deal with workplace stress, then we also shouldn’t bother much to work on them. However having enough sleep, eating healthy foods and exercising a couple of times in a week, makes a huge difference in your mood, energy, the outlook of life and how you cope up with the daily stress.