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7 Tips to Deal with Stress at Work

Stress Management 7th November 2016 Candice D'penha

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It is very common to see professionals complain and stress about not having enough time. We often feel that all we do is rush in and rush out, be it at work or otherwise. Sometimes, it can become so overwhelming that you feel quite helpless. Let’s look at what we can do to turn this around so that you deal with stress at work in no time.

Sleep enough and on time

This is the most basic as well as an extremely important factor. Bill Gates once said that he made sure he got his 8 hours of sleep without fail. This helped him become more creative, and in turn successful. Enough sleep decreases your stress hormones and replenishes the energy required for you to have a great day.Besides your productivity multiplies too.

Kick start your day with an activity

This could be singing or listening to your favorite song or an activity like exercising while watching the sun rise, meditation and yoga. Do this at the start of your day. This will leave you feeling positive throughout the day because you began your day doing what you like. It will set the tone for the rest of waking hours.

Related: 6 Reasons You Need Mental Strength At Work

Smile and be cheerful

Meet and greet people at work with enthusiasm. Apart from feeling like a million bucks yourself, others too will be propelled to reciprocate the emotion and chances are that they too will get inspired by you. Your energy can either brighten someone’s day or give them a tough time. Make sure you show a stress-free face at work. If something’s really bothering you then consider speaking to your manager or supervisor. If not, confide in a friend at work or outside of work for a non-biased and objective opinion on situation in hand.

Related: 5 Ways to Handle Negativity at the Workplace

Stay organized

Prioritize your tasks and appointments for the day. This will help you gain perspective as to what your day looks like and how to manage it. Also ensure you have a timeline set for each task so that you are able to complete them on time. If you exceed the time limit then don’t sit on it a minute more. Focus on what’s ahead and get back to the unfinished task later with a fresh point of view. Sometimes we get stuck up and don’t realise the much needed break from the loop of ‘why can’t I just get done with it’.

Related: How to Stay Focussed at Work and Beat Distractions

Be focused

Being under stress at work can cost you your time, but you need to knock it off by telling yourself to stay focused. There’s nothing more important than completing and staying committed to what’s planned for the day. Ensure you don’t get distracted by people or activities around you unless you are on a break.  At the end of the day, you will love nothing more than checking completed tasks off your list for the day.

Take a break

Even after taking all these measures, there will be times when you may be overwhelmed with stress at work. If gets too much, take a small break – breathe deeply, take a walk, may be even ask someone to share funny anecdotes with you. This will help you lighten up so that when you are back at what you were doing, you might just get a different perspective that will help in finishing what you were doing.

The right influence

Always surround yourself with the right people.  Stay away from toxic colleagues who may suck up all your energy and fill you up with pessimism. Besides gossipy people should be avoided at all cost too. Being around people from whom we have much to learn helps us in thinking straight. It induce right thoughts, actions and behavior that will help you stay positive and successful.

Related: 5 Ways to Find a Mentor for Yourself

So, go on and release that bright shining star in you and the potential you’ve uncovered! Don’t stop from sharing these tips so that others in your circle can deal with stress at work effectively too.


*This article was first published on CareerZest. Has been republished with few changes.

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