Have you ever dreaded getting out of bed to go to work because your work environment is too stressful?
Many people find that it’s not so much their job that causes them stress, but the people and the environment. You may find that the people you work with are intolerable or that the setup of your work place is simply not conducive to getting things done efficiently.
According to Dale E. Bredesen, MD, author of The End of Alzheimer’s; “We evolved to handle intermittent stress, not constant stress.”
Dealing with stressful work environments is something many of us face every day, but you don’t have to let it get you down. Instead, by learning how to deal with your stress at work you’ll be able to boost your energy and reduce frustration.
Here are a few of our top tips that you can put into action starting today!
Create a space conducive to concentration
If your office is open-concept, you may find the hustle and bustle around you to be distracting. If this is the case, try setting up your work space so that everything you need is right in front of you so you don’t have to continually get up to grab stuff.
Also, try putting up a privacy screen (if possible), or rearrange your furniture or computer screen to create a barrier of sorts between you and the rest of the office.
Both Rob and I have found that we are enjoying using noise cancelling headphones with music which helps us concentrate on our work better.
Use positive imagery when you feel stress coming on
Focus on a happy or peaceful moment in your past, or keep a picture on your desktop that will help to put you at ease.
Many people find that they can control stress by allowing themselves to go to a peaceful place for just a couple of moments.
Create a daily to-do list
Many times when we are stressed out, it’s because we are trying to juggle too many things without saying no from time to time. This causes our stress levels to rise quickly and uncontrollably.
When you create a to-do list, it won’t matter how hectic the office gets or how many people are slacking off; you’ll have a list in front of you that’ll remind you what you need to get done for that day.
You’ll feel more in control when you organize your day and you’ll be able to find some peace in the chaos surrounding you.
Learn how to meditate
Meditation is a form of deep concentration that can help you restore peace and balance in your life.
You can make meditation a part of your every day life so that when stress levels rise, you can regain your composure nearly effortlessly.
As you practice your meditation techniques, you’ll be able to do it without anyone even noticing, and you’ll bring a calmer and more focused energy to the office.
Trust us – everyone will recognize how calm, cool and collected you are while your office-mates are freaking out.
Move around within the company or find a better fit elsewhere
Many people simply cannot overcome the stressful environment in which they work. Besides, no one should work in a situation where they always feel on edge! If you have a job that is too demanding or rarely allows for you to tend to your personal life, then it may be time to find a better fit.
Getting a new job can be stressful in itself, but when you find something that is right for you, you’ll notice the old way of stressful living will melt away and you’ll be left with a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life.
Workplace stress is at an all-time high, but in many cases, you’ll be able to overcome this stress using the workplace stress tips mentioned above.
If the work environment becomes too stressful and toxic to deal with, you’ll want to take action. After all, you must put yourself first if prolonged and unmanaged stress becomes destructive to your body and mind.
In September we will are launching our all new 8-Week Workshop where we will be diving even deeper into workplace stress and how you can learn to change your reactions to stress and help you build your resilience to improve your mental and physical health.
To your health and wellness,