Work & Health

Listen to Your Health - Reduce Strain at Work

Work is meant to be enjoyed as it offers an individual an opportunity to learn, improve the self, interact with other people and earn. However there can arise situations where one goes through so much pressure at their work place that they end up stressed.

by Amy Q.

Listen to Your Health - Reduce Strain at Work

Stressful situations, if not handled manifest themselves through symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, depression and decreased concentration and focus. Stress impacts negatively on one’s ability to work because one is less productive.

Analyze the situation at work

Analyze the situation at work and determine what could be the cause of stress. This should help you address the root cause of the problem and avoid such scenarios in future. Without a clear knowledge on what could be stressing you out, you might not be able to handle the situation. It is always important to solve problems from the cause.

Talk to someone you trust about the situation. Keeping things to yourself only makes them eat you up even more. Sharing with a family member, a friend or a therapist helps you build a support system which you need at this time. The advice and support from those around you helps reduce the stress levels.

Get adequate sleep

Taking a break from all the cares in the world could be helpful. Take sometime off work and rest. This should help with the insomnia. Have enough sleep at night and power naps during the day when you get the chance.

By so doing, you relax your brain and ensure you are energized throughout the day.

change your work schedule

If need be, change your work schedule and do things differently. Monotony can at times be dissatisfying and eventually lead to stress. Always set goals and list them down. Being orderly avoids confusion and missed deadlines which in turn add to your stress.

Prioritizing your work activities helps you do what is important first and ensures you meet deadlines. If possible delegate roles you feel your colleagues can handle. Ensuring that you have a cooperative team with you makes things easier. As a rule, do not procrastinate work as this eventually leads to a backlog that might be stressful for you to handle. Always take out roles you can handle and finish within the set deadlines.

Eat well and work out

Stressful situations impact negatively on your health. As such it is important to be kind to your body and eat well.

Good feeding habits should be practiced always because the body needs the nutrients to keep it going. Eat whole foods, lots of vegetables, roughage, fruits and drink water to keep you body hydrated. Exercise is also an important aspect of your health and should not be ignored. Engage in physical activity to help you keep fit as well as distract you from the stressful situations you may be going through.

changing your attitude

Work on changing your attitude and view of things. Your perception of work and people around you could be a cause of stress at work. Learn to look at things in a positive way and things will be better. Negative attitude drains one’s energy and makes them unhappy.

Being positive about what surrounds you is a choice that can be made to make your life better. Learning to be positive may take sometime but it is worth the effort.

The tips above should help you handle stress at work successfully and finally regain a successful and healthy life. At the same time you will be able to take care of your responsibilities both at home and at work making your employer and family happier.


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